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Overview of Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills is a small rural city with a quaint downtown center. Much of the land is still undeveloped today, but is growing quickly. In 1998 the Great Lakes Crossing shopping mall was constructed, and by 2002 the downtown area was revitalized and nicknamed the Village Center. The city follows alongside the Interstate 75, making transportation a breeze.

Situated in Oakland County, there are plenty of recreational amenities. From mushroom hunting to BMX biking, there are so many activities residents have at their fingertips in Auburn Hills. The outdoorsy type will never get bored because there are year-round activities that are ideal for a weekend adventure.

Auburn Hills apartments for rent are ideal for someone who appreciates the simple things in life. The laidback atmosphere is endearing, and many residents find sanction in the scenic surroundings. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Auburn Hills has gradually increased over the past two decades. Today, more than 21,500 people consider Auburn Hills home.

Living in Auburn Hills, MI

In 1921, the town of Auburn was born at the corner of where Auburn and Squirrel Roads meet today. The first settler, Aaron Webster named the town after Auburn, New York that was nestled along the Clinton River. In 1826, streets were laid out, rivaling nearby town Pontiac in growth. Automobile pioneer, John Dodge, bought a farmhouse about three miles northeast of Auburn Heights. After he built a sawmill and grist mill, many settlers were attracted to the area. When his oldest child married, they built a massive country retreat 2.5 miles north of the town with a pool, horse stables, a 5,000 acre colonial revival home and hunting land. Pontiac Township purchased the land in 1976, and this property is now known as the Auburn Hills Civic Center.

The town was officially named Auburn Heights in 1919. In 1983, Auburn Heights and Pontiac Township joined together to create Auburn Hills.

Auburn Hills Work and Study

Auburn Hills is very much a motor city. Some of the top employers in the town include Chrysler, Great Lakes Crossing, Palace of Auburn Hills, Comerica AHOC, Volkswagen/Audi and Borg Warner. Community officials continue to make strides to diversify the economic development in Auburn Hills to offer more opportunities to residents.

Students living in apartments in Auburn Hills often attend Baker College, the largest independent college in Michigan. The 17-acre campus is structured to offer a diverse range of needs for the community. The school features 65 classrooms, more than a dozen computer and medical labs and several other specialized facilities.

Rentals in Auburn Hills, MI and Cost of Living

Living in Auburn Hills is moderately inexpensive considering the scenic community and high quality of life. According to Best Places, the overall cost of living is 15 points lower than the national average, food is 3 points lower and utilities are 3 points higher. Similarly, the average cost of rentals in Auburn Hills is fairly average. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the monthly median gross rent is $807. 

Auburn Hills Attractions and Special Events

Residents in Auburn Hills enjoy many festivals every year. From the Friday music in the park series every summer, to festive events for the entire family, Auburn Hills has it all. The annual Parade of Stars Bluegrass Festival happens every September at the Civic Park Center. Attracting young and old, this event has featured nationally known musical acts like Lou Reid and Carolina and The Skip Cherryholmes Quintet in past years.

Another exciting event is the Fall Festival in the Woods. Families from all over bask in the fall fun with hay rides, a petting zoo, pumpkin carving and live music by local acts. A few weeks later the city throws its annual Spooktacular Downtown festival where children get to trick-or-treat to local merchants.

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