Detroit, MIDetroit, affectionately named the "Motor City," is the heartbeat of southeast Michigan. More than 4 million residents call Metro Detroit their home. Detroit is diverse in its people, culture and economy, making it a Midwestern gem that piques the curiosity of young professionals and families who want to relocate to a vibrant city.
Detroit is well-known as the hub of the U.S. automotive industry. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, as well as several automotive suppliers, are headquartered in Metro Detroit. Factories that produce the most innovative designs of U.S. automotives "Big Three" are found throughout Southeast Lower Michigan. Although the automotive industry dominates, those who relocate to Detroit quickly realize that it is only a part of the city's livelihood. Quicken Loans, Little Caesars, Shinola and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan are a short list of companies that are also headquartered in this dynamic city.
While the overall cost of living in Detroit is somewhat below the national average, housing costs are drastically lower that the rest of the country. Revitalization efforts in Detroit's Downtown, Midtown and New Center areas make it possible to purchase an inexpensive home that will rapidly increase in value with a little love. Rental prices in Detroit follow a similar trend, with some homes rented at half the cost of the national average.
If you are worried about getting around the Motor City, you can put your fears to rest. Detroit is well-connected to area communities by a network of easy-to-navigate freeways. Bus transportation is also available within Detroit and to surrounding suburbs. If you're spending a day in Detroit's Downtown, the People Mover is the transportation of choice, operating in a 3-mile loop and making strategic stops at the city's most popular attractions. If you have your sights set on more distant destinations, the Detroit Metropolitan Airport offers flights to nearly any U.S. or international city.
In Detroit, you'll be immersed in culture and entertainment that is unlike anything you've experienced elsewhere. Music has a history of uniting Detroit residents, with blues, jazz, R&B, rock, hip-hop and techno artists introducing these genres to eager audiences. Live musical and theatrical performances are showcased in the iconic buildings of the Fox Theatre, Fischer Theatre, Detroit Opera House, the Masonic Temple, the Filmore, Majestic Theatre and several others in Detroit.
Michigan's weather is notorious for its ever-changing nature. Detroit residents experience cold winters with moderate amounts of snow that turn into mild summers with glittering sunlight that bounces off of the Detroit River. A short journey to suburban locales takes winter-lovers to the ski hills and snowmobile trails that they crave. Summer brings opportunities to enjoy the beauty of Belle Isle Park or the Detroit Riverfront.