5.7 out of 10

Hazel Park

42.4578499893279 -83.0975831708939
Great for
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Pest Free
  • Schools
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Certainly has potential - dedicated residents"

I lived in Hazel Park for a year of my childhood and went to school there for three. I don't have many distinguished memories of living in the city but I've kept in touch with people who I went to school with and have visited often. It's always struck me as a strange place. It's a little bit of a lower income place but the people who live there love it with a passion and even with how bad the property values fell after the financial crisis it never seems to have fallen apart.

In general, it's a pretty clean area. Every block has a small eyesore or two but there are very few vacant houses. Loud music is occasional, parking is plentiful, and the attitude on crime seems to be that people are worried more about young people misbehaving rather than any serious threats. The parks appear to be maintained fairly well, though some could use a fresh coat of paint. Traffic is average but it's a very easy city to maneuver around. The houses are a steal but the building inspectors are fairly strict so you should expect to put a few bucks into a house if you buy it in bad condition.

All in all Hazel Park is essentially "average", and that's something that needs to change. Other small cities like Berkeley and Clawson and Rochester (where I live currently) all have a central area where there is a thriving business community. Hazel Park does not have that -- the main intersection is a collection of shopping centers and the businesses that an average visitor would want to go to are scattered enough that you'd need a car to go between them. There are some excellent takeout/delivery options, but not really anything in the upscale dining market. Nightlife is limited to a few bars. If I had any advice for the city council in Hazel Park it would be to work on a "main street" area because it would certainly make the city much more appealing.
Pros
  • Clean
  • Fairly safe
  • Centrally located
Cons
  • Nothing to do
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Hazel Park – A Fine Line Between Good and Bad"

It is hard to rate or categorize Hazel Park, because there is a really fine line between good and bad in this city. If you can stick close to the line of Ferndale, you are doing great. There are definitely parts of this city that are classy with beautiful housing, and then there are shady areas that you can hardly believe belong to the same city.

There is a great mix of races here and the average income used to be well above the state average, but now it is significantly below. I know there is one neighborhood exclusively for the elderly, which is nice. Crime rate really depends on where you live. It is less than Warren, Detroit and Eastpointe, but substantially more than Royal Oak, Ferndale and Madison Heights, so you are pretty much in the middle. That being said, you are centrally located to work or go to school in some pretty happening places.

I honestly don’t know much about the school district, but personally, I would opt for Ferndale or Madison heights if I had a family. Living in Hazel Park does put you close to the State Fairgrounds so plan on chaotic traffic at least once a year.

I just can’t find anything about Hazel Park to get excited about. For me, it is merely a city to drive through to get to a destination.
Pros
  • Centrally located
  • Diverse housing
Cons
  • Medicore school district
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

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