Livonia, MI, is a suburb of Detroit that grew in the post World War II era. The layout of the neighborhoods is traditional, with rows of houses arranged in a grid pattern. Referred to by the locals as "L-town," the community offers easy access to metropolitan Detroit via the extensive freeway system. If you're looking for a quiet place to rent an apartment that is just a short distance away from the art, culture and sports of the big city, this is a good neighborhood for you.
This community was founded in 1835 by pioneers who settled in this new part of what would soon become the state of Michigan. The area attracted more settlers when the Detroit, Lansing and Northern Railroad came to town. The city was incorporated in 1950. Higher education, public schools and an extensive parks and recreation system are the pride and joy of the city's residents.
Today, Livonia's population is approximately 95,586, which is a drop of about 2 percent since the 2010 census. It's the ninth largest municipality in Michigan. Many neighborhoods in the community have gone through recent redevelopment, which has resulted in retail and dining centers that attract new people into the city.
If you enjoy sports, you'll find plenty of opportunities to both play and watch games near the place you rent. The city's hockey association is the largest in the state. The town also has a large public soccer league with over 1,300 members. A short drive away from the city, you can watch professional sports played by the Detroit Pistons, Red Wings, Lions or Tigers.
When there aren't any games going on, you can set out and explore the area near where you rent. The Rosedale Historic District offers tours of Victorian homes in the area. You can also visit the Orson Everitt House, which is a national historic site. Be sure to get a glimpse of the Saint Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church and its incredible architecture.
Transportation in the city is done primarily by car. The Detroit Department of Transportation offers limited public transportation via bus routes in the area that go to and from downtown Detroit.
Livonia is an excellent place to rent an apartment if you are aspiring to finish your degree or begin a graduate or professional degree program. A campus of Eastern Michigan University is located within the city limits. You can earn a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree there. Madonna University is a private college also in the city. This university is unique in its commitment to creating an ecologically sustainable and environmentally friendly campus. Schoolcraft Community College is a public educational institution offering vocational and technical programs as well as associate's degrees in areas such as business and nursing.
Livonia has a diverse economy with strong employment numbers in the education, healthcare and retail sectors. The area also has a growing industrial park. You'll have many opportunities to advance in your career or change jobs while living in the area. Several of the community's largest employers include St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Ford Motor Company and General Motors.