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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 03-12-2012, 06:56 PM
 
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Every city in the Midwest is overshadowed by Chicago.
Well, no, they're not.

That's like saying every city in the Northeast is overshadowed by New York because it's by far the largest and most well known, and that's not true at all.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Well, no, they're not.

That's like saying every city in the Northeast is overshadowed by New York because it's by far the largest and most well known, and that's not true at all.
Explain yourself?
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:16 PM
 
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Explain yourself?
For example, you can experience what a major East Coast city has to offer by living in Baltimore or Boston, despite those cities having significantly smaller profiles compared to New York.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Every city in the Midwest is overshadowed by Chicago.
that may change though in the future.
Chicago is not really growing at all its just the megaregion of the midwest thats actually losing jobs and people to other states. Cook County/City of Chicago both lost about 200,000 people in the last 10 years. i expect that to increase more as the economy rebounds and more people get tired of the insane cost of living/taxes and corruption in Chicago and Illinois.
Theres a reason people outside of Illinois look down upon the state and its because Chicago drags the rest of Illinois down into the corruption pit.
Indianapolis on the other hand is the fastest growing region in the midwest and bringing in alot of former Chicagoans. 50,000 in the last 10 years to be exact. Plus Indiana passed Right to Work this year. which will hurt Illinois/Michigan/Ohio even more. 20 years in the future i see Indianapolis playing as important of a role as say St Louis or the Twin cities.
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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that may change though in the future.
Chicago is not really growing at all its just the megaregion of the midwest thats actually losing jobs and people to other states. Cook County/City of Chicago both lost about 200,000 people in the last 10 years. i expect that to increase more as the economy rebounds and more people get tired of the insane cost of living/taxes and corruption in Chicago and Illinois.
Theres a reason people outside of Illinois look down upon the state and its because Chicago drags the rest of Illinois down into the corruption pit.
Indianapolis on the other hand is the fastest growing region in the midwest and bringing in alot of former Chicagoans. 50,000 in the last 10 years to be exact. Plus Indiana passed Right to Work this year. which will hurt Illinois/Michigan/Ohio even more. 20 years in the future i see Indianapolis playing as important of a role as say St Louis or the Twin cities.
A lot of people agree that the large population loss was (chiefly) due to loss of public housing sectors. Don't forget that 1) Chicago actually gained population in 2000, so there's no reason to think it might not again; 2) the Chicago area is easily growing and will probably hit 10,000,000 relatively soon; 3) Chicago would have to dip pretty low to have its position at the head of the table usurped.

Plus, I'm not sure if I would root for economic misery of other cities/states
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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IMO in order:

1. Chicago
2. Minneapolis/St. Paul (I think these need to go together)
3. Madison
4. Indianapolis
5. Milwaukee
6. St. Louis

The others are great cities but I think these above 6 are much better.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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For example, you can experience what a major East Coast city has to offer by living in Baltimore or Boston, despite those cities having significantly smaller profiles compared to New York.
I see.
But, you cant experience what Chicago has to offer in any other Midwestern city.
Not even close.
And I love my hometown of STL, they're just not in the same league, and neither is any other Midwestern city.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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I see.
But, you cant experience what Chicago has to offer in any other Midwestern city.
Not even close.
And I love my hometown of STL, they're just not in the same league, and neither is any other Midwestern city.
You're missing my point entirely. Not everyone who wants a city experience in that area has to defer to Chicago. Chicago is not the end-all, be-all for what a city should be, that is up to the individual.

Taking things a step further, New York City is also not for everyone. I can see why people would prefer a smaller city to New York.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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You're missing my point entirely. Not everyone who wants a city experience in that area has to defer to Chicago. Chicago is not the end-all, be-all for what a city should be, that is up to the individual.

Taking things a step further, New York City is also not for everyone. I can see why people would prefer a smaller city to New York.
Exactly.
Also Chicago gained population in the 90s due to a huge influx of immigrants. Well now that has leveled off due to the economy and new immigration standards and now Indianapolis has more immigrants moving there then even Chicago.
Hispanics aren't flooding Chicago like they did in the 90s so well just wait and see who is right cause in all honesty theres a 50/50 chance that Chicago will lose population. Also Whites and even Blacks contiune to leave Chicago in record numbers. Heck Atlanta has more blacks now than Chicago.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Also Whites and even Blacks contiune to leave Chicago in record numbers. Heck Atlanta has more blacks now than Chicago.
Do you mean percentage wise? The city of Chicago easily has more African Americans than the city of Atlanta.
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