It’s the Motor City. Motown. America’s Comeback City. Detroit has been called many things by many people, but one thing is certain – it’s a city where innovation thrives, and though it has suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, it always seems to bounce back bigger and stronger than before.
In short, Detroit is an incredible place to live. If you’re planning a move, here are just a few things you should know about the city you’ll soon call home.
The Outdoors Isn’t a Place – It’s a Lifestyle
Some might tell you to get comfortable with apartment living when you move to Detroit, because you’ll be stuck indoors for half the year. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, the winters are frigid, but you’ll find natives and transplants alike taking advantage of winter activities like ice skating and hockey during the colder months.
The city also offers up abundant options for summertime activities, from kayaking off Belle Isle, biking or skating the Dequindre Cut, or partaking of year-round outdoor entertainment opportunities like the Detroit Jazz Festival or the Meridian Winter Blast. Detroit is a city that loves the outdoors.
All the Dream Jobs of Portland, None of the Real Estate Nightmare
While yuppies are moving to Portland in search of industry and vegan restaurants, U.P.s are heading to Detroit, where the tech industry is booming, the downtown is growing, and the cost of living is surprisingly reasonable. Local RE agents can give you plenty of house hunting and apartment tips to help you find the perfect residence, but no matter where you decide to live, you can thank your lucky stars you aren’t in Portland, fighting 50 other bidders for an overpriced spot within 20 miles of downtown.
Detroit Loves Sports
You might not immediately think of sports when you think of Detroit, but Hockeytown is home to an original-six team, the Red Wings, along with an NFL team (the Lions), an MLB team (the Tigers), and an NBA team (the Pistons). While the city is saying goodbye to The Joe and moving the Red Wings to the Little Caesar’s Arena, sports fans can also enjoy both pro and amateur sporting events at well-known venues around the city, including Comerica Park and Ford Field.
Michigan is THE BEST!
No, for real. While it’s no surprise that Florida came in at number 50 on Thrillist’s “The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States” list earlier this year (because Florida…), readers may have been a bit more shocked that Michigan nabbed the number one slot. You know who’s not surprised? People who live in this great state.
Whether you have a house on a lake or you prefer city loft living, you’re sure to find a lot to love in Michigan, which features miles of glorious waterways and coastline, winter landscapes that look like greeting cards, magnificent architecture, and a booming market in craft beer and spirits, among other draws. Once you’ve moved into a historic Detroit home or a modern flat from The Lofts of Merchant’s Row, don’t hesitate to explore – you’ll quickly learn to love the city and the state.