Rankings confirm what Plymouth residents already suspected

November 7, 2013 by  

The likely high opinion held of Plymouth by many of its residents has been validated by AreaVibes.com, which has listed the city as the number four place to live in the state, and Plymouth Township as the second best place to live in Michigan. The honor of being rated number one went to Saugatuck, a resort town on Lake Michigan.

Communities are ranked using seven quality of life factors: education, employment, crime rates, cost of living, housing, weather, and amenities. The final factor includes the proximity of bars, bookstores, coffee shops, entertainment, fitness centers, grocery stores, libraries, public transportation, parks, schools, shopping, and restaurants. Both the city and county received an A+ in amenities; each of them were given a D+ for weather.

The seven quality of life factors are used to determine a numerical livability score, with the best possible score being 100. Plymouth, both city and county, along with Northville, each scored 83 while Saugatuck was one point higher with an 84. In addition to the Plymouth and Plymouth County, other nearby communities to make the top 10 were Northville (3rd), Canton Township (6th), and Novi (10).

Besides the pleasure of bragging rights, the AreaVibes results may also benefit the town by attracting families and businesses looking to relocate. Even cities benefit from advertisement, and many cities include make type of information at the forefront of their promotions when ordering a new stationery printing or brochures from their local print company.