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View Poll Results: Which is the best medium-sized metro area in the Midwest (excluding Chicago, Detroit, Twin Cities, &
Cincinnati, OH 11 18.33%
Cleveland, OH 9 15.00%
Columbus, OH 17 28.33%
Indianapolis, IN 11 18.33%
Kansas City, MO-KS 15 25.00%
Milwaukee, WI 18 30.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 60. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 05-08-2011, 07:03 PM
 
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Although people are leaving both the North and the Midwest for jobs in states in the Sun Belt, the metro areas in the Midwest still has some growth with stable economy.

Out of 50 largest metro areas in the U.S., 10 are in the Midwest:

2. Chicago, IL
11. Detroit, MI
16. Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN)
18. St. Louis, MO
24. Cincinnati, OH
26. Cleveland, OH
29. Kansas City, MO-KS
32. Columbus, OH
34. Indianapolis, IN
39. Milwaukee, WI

Which following cities will remain the best and the most stable in the Midwest in the long run despite declining population in the Midwest?

My votes go to Twin Cities, Kansas City, and Indianapolis; however, Chicago will always be the Big Apple of the Midwest.

Unless the economy improves in both Ohio and Michigan, I believe the cities especially Detroit will continue to decline with the exception of Columbus.

Although some cities are not on this list, I believe smaller cities in the Midwest especially Madison, WI will continue to attract new people.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I say keep an eye on Kansas City.....
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Jackson, TN
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I say keep an eye on Kansas City.....
I agree with you!

Kansas City, MO-KS especially in Johnson County, KS is experiencing explosive growth with excellent economy, moderate cost of living, and rapid increase in personal income. Numerous cities such as Olathe, Overland Park, Shawnee, and Lenexa have been on the list of 100 Top Places to Live for few years now.

Although people tend to underrate Kansas City, I think it is becoming the best place in the Midwest for those who want to avoid popular high-taxed metro areas such as Chicago and Twin Cities.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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The Country Club Plaza (and along Ward Pkwy) area in Kansas City has to be one of the nicest older neighborhoods in America.
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:59 PM
 
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Where's Omaha or Grand Rapids?
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:06 PM
 
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Where's Omaha or Grand Rapids?
Omaha or Grand Rapids isn't on the list of 50 largest metro areas in the U.S.

You are welcome to comment about other cities though. I heard Omaha is nice and hilly with Old Market.

What's so great about Grand Rapids, MI?
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: You Ta Zhou
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I like the Twin Cities are best. They're almost perfect except for being so cold. Good economy, lakes, very educated area. If it were a few miles south, it would be much more popular.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:22 PM
 
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Kansas City is a great city.. It's too bad that Omaha is just on the other side of that #50. Both cities are great.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:43 PM
 
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St. Louis should be in the poll. You contradicted yourself by saying "excluding Detroit, Chicago and the Twin Cities" then listing your favorites.

Kansas City, Columbus and Indianapolis are "up-and-comers" with 10%-15% decennial growth, decade after decade, but so is Minneapolis-St. Paul. I'd say Indy currently poses the greatest threat to dethrone Minneapolis (or St. Louis, Cleveland or Cincinnati) as the #3 or #4 metro in the Midwest. The growth in Indy is pretty phenomenal and its utility as Chicago's spur hub for transit and logistics is giving it a lot of fuel right now. Unlike some posters on this forum, I feel that higher-taxed states may begin to gain popularity again as amenities like education and welfare will become more and more important. We'll see.....

My List:

1. Chicago
2. Detroit
3. Twin Cities
4. St. Louis
5. Cleveland
6. Cincinnati
7. Kansas City
8. Indianapolis
9. Columbus
10. Milwaukee
11. Omaha
12. Madison
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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St. Louis should be in the poll. You contradicted yourself by saying "excluding Detroit, Chicago and the Twin Cities" then listing your favorites.

Kansas City, Columbus and Indianapolis are "up-and-comers" with 10%-15% decennial growth, decade after decade, but so is Minneapolis-St. Paul. I'd say Indy currently poses the greatest threat to dethrone Minneapolis (or St. Louis, Cleveland or Cincinnati) as the #3 or #4 metro in the Midwest. The growth in Indy is pretty phenomenal and its utility as Chicago's spur hub for transit and logistics is giving it a lot of fuel right now. Unlike some posters on this forum, I feel that higher-taxed states may begin to gain popularity again as amenities like education and welfare will become more and more important. We'll see.....

My List:

1. Chicago
2. Detroit
3. Twin Cities
4. St. Louis
5. Cleveland
6. Cincinnati
7. Kansas City
8. Indianapolis
9. Columbus
10. Milwaukee
11. Omaha
12. Madison
Indianapolis growth is due to their merged city-county government thing.
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