The Millennial generation has grown up, started their careers, and are now settling down in the suburbs. The Wall Street Journal reported on recent U.S Census Bureau data, showing around 27,000 millennials between the ages of 25 and 39 leaving big cities for nearby suburbs. This Millennial Migration has been accredited to many things- cost of living, better schools, more space, even the “downtown-mimicking attributes” Axios describes some suburbs have begun incorporating into their new developments.
We get it. When you get down to it, where you live can affect your entire livelihood. Your home’s location has power over your finances, your health, your social life, and your peace of mind. Making the decision to leave the city in order to benefit from lower housing costs and extra peace of mind doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice what makes city living so great - like access to coffee shops, restaurants, and yoga studios. You can still enjoy those same conveniences in a suburb not too far from where you already are.
If you’re one of the many considering a change of pace, below you’ll find five cities with high burglary rates and the best towns nearby with the lowest burglary rates according to the FBI.
City: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Burglary Rate: 0.42%
Suburb: Warrington, Pennsylvania
Burglary Rate: 0.05%, 157% lower than Philadelphia
Distance from Philadelphia: 25 miles
Median Household Income: $66,364
Warrington, PA is home to castles, museums, parks, and great shopping and dining options. Public schools are highly rated, and Philadelphia is only 25 miles away if you’re craving an authentic cheesesteak.
City: Detroit, Michigan
Burglary Rate: 1.23%
Suburb: Royal Oak, Michigan
Burglary Rate: 0.08%, 175% lower than Detroit
Distance from Detroit: 15 miles
Median Household Income: $64,873
Royal Oak, Michigan’s community motto is “Life Now Playing”. They have at least 50 city parks sprawled across 310 acres, a thriving downtown scene, dining and shopping galore, and the 125-acre Detroit Zoo. They boast Tree City USA status, a walkability score of 87, and a cutting-edge, award-winning hospital.
City: Cleveland, Ohio
Burglary Rate: 1.52%
Suburb: Westlake, Ohio
Burglary Rate: 0.08%, 180% lower than Cleveland
Distance from Cleveland: 16 miles
Median Household Income: $64,963
Westlake, Ohio has been taking strides to become the perfect place to live. Only 16 miles from the city of Cleveland, Westlake offers ample activities including museums, beautiful parks, top performing schools, and plenty of shops and restaurants. Lake Erie (pictured above) is only a ten minute drive away.
City: Dallas, Texas
Burglary Rate: 0.78%
Suburb: Little Elm, Texas
Burglary Rate: 0.09%, 158% lower than Dalla s
Distance from Dallas: 38.9 miles
Median Household Income: $81,866
Little Elm is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Texas. What’s driving people here? Miles of shoreline, lakeside amenities, numerous parks, new buildings, and a growing nightlife. The biggest benefit in our eyes? You’re only 39 miles from Dallas and can live in a city with only an 11th of the big-city’s burglary rate.
City: Chicago, Illinois
Burglary Rate: 0.48%
Suburb: Wheaton, Illinois
Burglary Rate: 0.1%, 131% lower than Chicago
Distance from Chicago: 30 miles
Median Household Income: $95,238
Wheaton, Illinois was named Money Magazine’s Best Place to Live in Illinois in December of 2018. Categories considered? Cost of living, public school performance, crime, and average income. Here you’ll find 52 parks, breweries, shopping, and even a zoo, all less than an hour’s drive away from Chicago.
These suburban areas have so much to offer. If you’re looking for a change of pace, there are plenty of options for you in close proximity to the cities you already love. No matter where you choose to live, high-rise or town house, we believe everyone has the right to feel safe and our ADT home security packages can be customized to fit the level of safety you need.
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