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View Poll Results: Best Cities in the Midwest for Living
Akron, OH 6 3.53%
Chicago, IL 57 33.53%
Cincinnati, OH 21 12.35%
Cleveland, OH 24 14.12%
Columbus, OH 22 12.94%
Des Moines, IA 26 15.29%
Detroit, MI 16 9.41%
Fort Wayne, IN 5 2.94%
Grand Rapids, MI 14 8.24%
Indianapolis, IN 23 13.53%
Kansas City, KS-MO 23 13.53%
Lincoln, NE 12 7.06%
Madison, WI 36 21.18%
Milwaukee, WI 24 14.12%
Minneapolis, MN 62 36.47%
Omaha, NE 22 12.94%
St. Louis, MO 34 20.00%
St. Paul, MN 24 14.12%
Toledo, OH 8 4.71%
Wichita, KS 7 4.12%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 170. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-13-2012, 10:39 PM
 
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Here's my top 3: Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison.
I agree for the most part, but I would have to replace MAdison with Pittsburgh.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:42 PM
 
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1. Minneapolis
2. Grand Rapids
3. Chicago
Grand RApids doesn't have 200,000, I doubt it ever will.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:50 AM
 
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I agree for the most part, but I would have to replace MAdison with Pittsburgh.
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Grand RApids doesn't have 200,000, I doubt it ever will.
And Pittsburgh is not in the Midwest.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Okay, now you are just making caveats...the point is, Indy is *not* the fastest growing city nor metro in the Midwest. Des Moines, Madison, Fargo, Joliet, Aurora...these are all cities in the Midwest that are growing faster than Indy.
You're not wrong, and there's nothing wrong with your numbers.

What I had in mind when I said I had long considered Indy the fastest-growing metro was that its urbanized area population exploded in the 90s, something like a 32 percent increase if I recall correctly.

Just to throw some more information into the discussion, I looked at urbanized area population change from 2000 to 2010 for a few fast-growing midwestern cities, and this is what I found:

(I threw out Joliet and Aurora, they're clearly satellite cities whose growth is entirely due to immigration and white flight related to Chicago)

Columbia, 124,748, +26.3%
Fargo, 176,676, +24.0%
Indianapolis, 1,487,483, +22.0%
Madison, 401,661, +21.9%
Des Moines, 450,070, +21.5%
Columbus, 1,368,035, +20.7%

They're all physically growing at about the same rate, and Indianapolis and Columbus are much larger than the rest. That's why you'll hear Indy referred to as the fastest-growing metro, though it might not be technically true.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:30 AM
 
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And Pittsburgh is not in the Midwest.
Semantics.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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No, Pittsburgh is in no way part of the Midwest. It is in the interior northeast.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:29 AM
 
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No, Pittsburgh is in no way part of the Midwest. It is in the interior northeast.
Again, semantics.

It's still west of the Appalachians (its spine) and has more in common (economically, socially and culturally) with cities such as Detroit and Cleveland versus New York and Boston.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:39 AM
 
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Again, semantics.

It's still west of the Appalachians (its spine) and has more in common (economically, socially and culturally) with cities such as Detroit and Cleveland versus New York and Boston.
It has little in common with either group. Just because a city is not like NY or Boston, does not make it not northeastern.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I grew up in the interior northeast. I know it when I see it. Pittsburgh is in the same region as Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Erie, Altoona, Harrisburg, Scranton, Albany, Utica, Hagerstown and Springfield, Mass. The northeast has two subregions; the coast and the interior. Pittsburgh is part of the latter (and it's largest city).
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Irsay speaks on another Super Bowl bid

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I see my point completely eluded you.
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