5.3 out of 10

Harper Woods

42.4401918240224 -82.9272164300456
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
Not great for
  • Resale or Rental Value
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Students


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Harper Woods – The Forgotten City"

Harper Woods is just one of those cities I often forget about, for good reason. Some of my fondest memories of a child involve going to Eastland shopping center with my grandma to get a cream puff from Friendly’s. Today, you could not pay me to step foot in or around the mall.

Part of me wants to say to give the city a chance. After all, there is affordable housing and it is close to Grosse Pointe Woods and a ton of nice parks. However, the logical side of me says to just stay away. This is a city that makes the news often enough, rarely for a good reason.

I guess the city would be okay for singles, professionals or even college students since there are about eight colleges and universities less than 20 minutes away. I have a hard time recommending the city to anyone with a family though, unless you are trying to beat the crime of Detroit and Eastpointe. Then, you would be taking a step in the right direction. Even still, I would make a point to move as far east in the city as you can. Fortunately, I-94 runs right through so commuting is a breeze.
  • High crime rate
  • Mediocre school district
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students

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