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Area Description

Progressive living in a timeless setting, the Clarkston area is located 40 miles north of Detroit. A thriving walkable historic downtown includes a charming shaded park situated on a mill race originally built by Henry Ford. Rolling hills, many lakes, well kept Victorian and neoclassical homes are nestled in with state of the art medical facilities. Recreational opportunites abound with four golf courses, State, Metro-Parks, County and Township parks.

The Clarkston area is known nationally as the home of DTE Energy Music Theatre, one of the most successful outdoor music venues in the country. Clarkston is also known for two restaurants featured on Food Network's Diners Dive-ins and Drives: The Clarkston Union and Union Woodshop.
With easy access to I-75 theaters, Michigan's larest indoor outlet mall, Costco, Sams and more are just 5-10 minutes away. Three major casinos located in Detroit are just 1 hour away.

Includes Cities/Towns: Clarkston, Davisburg.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The Clarkston area offers many recreational and entertainment options. Golf courses, many lakes, running paths, nearby State and County parks offer four seasons of activities.

DTE Energy Music Theater in the Clarkston area and Palace Sports and Entertainment, Meadowbrook Festival and Theatre offer international headliners, sporting events, comedians, food and wine events and more.

Clarkston Area has several home town festivals throughout the year including Taste of Clarkston, Six weeks of Free Concerts in Depot Park, Art shows, parades, ghost walks, barn tours, a backroads 1/2 marathon and many 5K and 10K races.

Clarkston Village Players and Depot Street Arts, along with the Waterford Arts Council (located in Clarkston) provide ongoing cultural events, plays, guest speakers, children's activities and more.
The historic village of Clarkston has a very walkable two block vibrant downtown with unique boutiques and eateries.

For those pursuing continuing education, Clarkston is just a few minutes from the University of Michigan Flint campus, Oakland University, Oakland Community College, Lawrence Tech, Baker College, Walsh College and Wayne State University.

A seasonal farmer's market and community garden offer even apartment dwellers opportunities to grow or purchase locally grown sustainable organic foods.

Cultural Activities

Entertainment opportunities are rich in the Clarkston area. From Aerosmith to Tony Bennett, Adele to ZZ Top, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Palace of Auburn Hills offer world class concert schedules.

On a smaller scale the Chamber's free concerts in Depot Park offer six weeks of a variety of music for residents to enjoy. Big Band, Top 40, 60's and 70's, Motown, Polka, Caribbean steel drums, folk, blues, jass and root music have people of all ages dancing in Depot Park on Friday nights.

Shuttle buses to the Detroit Institute of Arts, nearby casinos and the Flint Museum of Art are quick and easy ways to enjoy special exhibits and permanent collections.

Public transportation

Seniors can ride free (or for nominal charge) to shopping, work, events, doctor appointments though the Independence Township Senior Shuttle service.

Medical Facilities

Several well known hospitals are within 30 minutes of the Clarkston area including: Beaumont, POH, St. Joseph Mercy, Doctor's Hospital and Genisis Regional Hospital. Plans are currently in the approval process for a 200 bed hospital to be built by McLaren in our area.
Several specialty medical services are already available in the area, including cancer treatment centers.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  15.0  22.5  30.0  1.7 "  10.2 "
 Feb  16.0  24.5  33.0  2.0 "  9.3 "
 Mar  23.3  33.6  44.0  2.1 "  5.1 "
 Apr  34.5  45.8  57.0  2.8 "  1.5 "
 May  46.8  57.4  68.0  3.2 "  0.0 "
 Jun  56.8  66.9  77.0  3.3 "  0.0 "
 Jul  61.5  71.6  81.8  2.9 "  0.0 "
 Aug  58.8  69.3  79.8  2.9 "  0.0 "
 Sep  51.8  62.3  72.8  3.2 "  0.0 "
 Oct  40.0  49.5  59.0  2.9 "  0.2 "
 Nov  30.8  38.9  47.0  2.8 "  1.5 "
 Dec  20.8  27.4  34.0  2.2 "  8.6 "

Summer is warm and perfect for swimming, boating, picnicing and hiking. Autumn brings a full range of brilliently colored leaves and cooler temperatures. Winter may make some brief appearances in November (or even October) but begins in earnest around the Christmas holidays. Snowfall can range from a dusting to a few inches at a time. Snow stays on the ground through March when spring begins to bubble forward. Crocuses and daffodils herald the return of balmy weather.

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Cost of Living for Clarkston Area, MI

Clarkston Area, Michigan cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

The Clarkston area includes a wide variety of single family home options, from rural horse farm acerage to historic downtown victorian and neo classical homes. Several apartment complexes and newly built condominium options have easy access to grocery and dining options. Most homes are built in planned subdivision communities, some of which are gated and include direct lake access or golf course views.

Senior Assistance in Clarkston Area, MI

Clarkston Area, Michigan offers the following assistance for seniors:

There are many support services and activities for seniors living in our area. Independence Township Senior Center offers programming and meals at their facility and Meals on Wheels for the homebound. Every type of care option is available in our area from visiting nurse, assisted home care, assisted living and rehabilitation to state of the art concierage cruise-ship type retirement living.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

The Clarkston area has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available. Rotary clubs, a vibrant Chamber of Commerce and extremely active places of worship collaborate on community service "volunteer impact" days along with their own annual events and causes. Clarkston SCAMP, a summer camp for mentally and physically disabled children is a well loved charity, along with Habitat for Humanity and Lighthouse Emergency Services.

The Farm and Garden Club and Women's Clubs have been in existence for over 50 years. There are also many opportunities at the local library and community schools.

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