Ferndale is part of the Detroit metropolitan area. It is is well known for its LGBT population and progressive policies. Crime is significantly lower than inner communities such as Detroit, Dearborn and Hamtramck, and its neighbors such as Hazel Park, Oak Park and Warren. This municipality is known for art, music and DIY culture. The downtown area has earned awards as a Great American Main Street. This city offers many independent shops, support for local makers, and has a diverse and vibrant food scene.