South Lyon is a city located in Oakland County, Michigan. It is known for its surrounding parks and golf courses. In addition, the town is popular for its historic downtown area as well as its close proximity to the entertainment and art scene in Ann Arbor.
Climate & Geography
South Lyon has a humid continental climate. The weather is generally influenced by the Great Lakes. Summers are hot and humid while winters are cold and snowy. The lake effect causes increased cloudiness during the winter. Residents can expect 38 inches of rain and 58 inches of snow each year.
There are several lakes surrounding the city, and Island Lake State Recreation Area is northwest of South Lyon. The terrain is mainly flat with a few gently rolling hills.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
South Lyon is a haven for outdoor recreation. There are several small parks throughout the town, and Island Lake State Recreation Area to the northwest is an expansive park with trails and lake access. The Huron Valley Trail, perfect for jogging and biking, is northeast of South Lyon. Nearby golf courses include Moose Ridge Golf Course, Cattails Golf Club, Tanglewood Golf Club, and the Riverbank Golf Club.
In town, residents enjoy numerous breweries and museums as well as a vibrant historic downtown area with plenty of local shops and restaurants. Retirees can easily travel a half-hour to Ann Arbor for more cultural and art events as well.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in South Lyon is higher than both the state and national averages. High housing costs play the biggest factor, followed by transportation. Health care costs, on the other hand, are below average.
Michigan does not tax Social Security benefits, and all other forms of retirement income are eligible for a large deduction. Though property taxes are higher than average, the state offers a property tax credit for homeowners. The statewide sales tax rate is 6 percent, which is slightly lower than average.
The Ann Arbor metro area scores very well on Gallup's Well-Being Index, ranking in the top 5 communities across the U.S.
There are no hospitals in South Lyon, residents have easy access to several nearby hospitals that are rated high performing by U.S. News. These include DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Hospital. Additionally, University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor is nationally ranked and the No. 11 hospital in the country.