Assisted Living in Oakland County, MI

Oakland County is northwest of Detroit and directly west of Macomb County in Michigan. This county boasts the second highest population among the state’s counties with more than 1.2 million residents living in 907 square miles. Until recently, the demographic has been almost exclusively white collar families with demographics becoming more diverse each year. Oakland County is the most affluent suburb of Detroit and, for the past 100 years, ranks among the top 10 richest counties. This is attributed to the automotive industry’s concentration of major headquarters in the area; “Automation Alley,” as some call it. Positioned near what is known as the frozen tundra of the Great Plains, Oakland residents expect subzero temperatures in the winter and mild temperatures in the summer.

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One of the most special features of Oakland County is the 387 lakes located throughout the county; meaning residents can enjoy swimming, fishing, and boating year-round. The county also offers zipline adventures at Adventure Park, learning experiences at the aquarium, and large selection of ice sculptures at Kellogg Park in the winter. Accessible airports include Detroit’s main hubs, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) and Coleman A. Young International Airport (DET). Public transportation is scarce throughout the area as many residents use private vehicles. Those limited to public transportation typically only travel within cities and along the southern border as part of Detroit’s DDOT system. The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) that runs between Macomb to parts of Oakland and Wayne counties. One of the most widely used and important highways in Michigan, I-75, connects Flint to the Detroit-Wayne-Dearborn Metropolitan area; expect traffic near Pontiac and Detroit.

Seniors in Oakland County make up approximately 15% of the population with an average income of $45,540 per year. Reasonable assisted living options are easier to find compared to metropolitan Detroit with slightly lower yearly costs. Assisted living residents pay between $3,000 - $3,800 a month depending on the area. Michigan has a few Medicare assistance programs designed to help seniors afford housing, including waiver programs and tax exemptions. Seniors can take advantage of partial tax on IRA withdrawals and pension income with zero tax on social security benefits. The area is known to have tremendously lower crime rate than the infamous neighboring counties due to the affluent communities and dedicated community watchdogs. Retirees looking for safe, easy going neighborhoods with affordable options and fun outdoor activities could easily make Oakland County their new home.