Hailed as a city that is "Timeless with a Twist," Northville features a charming downtown historic district and lively atmosphere that puts a modern spin on traditional small-town living. Northville is a distinctive community nestled among rolling hills in beautiful countryside with a close proximity to the exciting amenities downtown. With less than 6,000 residents, the town maintains a close-knit community that can't be found in most of the other Detroit suburbs. Look for Northville apartments for rent, and find a jewel in the Midwest.
The first settlers arrived in Northville from New York state via Plymouth Township in 1825. Alanson Aldrich, Alvale Smith and John Miller are thought to be the town's first residents and built their houses around the mill that Miller established in town. A tailor, tavern, shoe shop, post office, blacksmith and doctor popped up soon after, allowing Northville to separate itself as its own entity from Plymouth Township. The town thrived during the Victorian era, when many homes downtown were built in the Queen Anne style. This architecture still stands downtown today, and local residents celebrate the heritage with a city-wide Victorian Festival every year.
In the 20th century, Northville was home to Ford machinery plants that provided valves for every Ford, Mercury and Lincoln vehicle until 1981. Today, Northville residents take advantage of the local opportunities in the Great Lakes region. The area is known for regional and outdoor attractions which residents take advantage of to create a high quality of life for themselves and their families.
Although there are no traditional colleges located in Northville, southeastern Michigan is home to some of the best universities in the state. Concordia University, Eastern Michigan University, Madonna University and the University of Michigan are all within 21 miles of downtown Northville and offer local students with exceptional higher education opportunities.
For those seeking work, Northville has many lucrative business opportunities. The top employers in town are Northville Public Schools, Northville Downs and Shopping Center Market, which account for many of the jobs held by the 22 percent of Northville residents who work in the education, health and social services industries. The manufacturing industry is also an important contributor to the local economy and employs 20 percent of the population. A whopping 80 percent of people here work in management, sales and office positions. Northville apartments are the perfect home base for individuals looking to take advantage of southeastern Michigan's thriving business environment.
With all of the excitement in the metro Detroit area, residents in Northville pay very reasonable rent prices. United States Census Bureau statistics show that the standard apartment here costs $738 a month, which is very consistent with the Michigan state average. Everyday living expenses are also affordable in Northville. The city received a cost of living index of 91.1, which is well below the United States average of 100.
Northville hosts many events celebrating art, culture and regional favorites. Arts and Acts is one of the premier art festivals in Michigan, and provides art enrichment and education to Northville. With live music, fine art, food, films, literature and theatre attractions, Arts and Acts has something to offer visitors of all ages. The Buy Michigan Now Festival is a weekend celebration of local Michigan products and ends the state's annual Buy Michigan Week. With sidewalk sales, street vendors and live music showcasing Michigan-based businesses, the festival continues to grow every year with new sponsors, vendors and volunteers looking to join the movement. Other local favorites include the Victorian Festival and First Friday Experience.
Northville is also home to Northville Downs, a live harness racing and casino venue that has entertained Michigan residents for more than 100 years.
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