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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 03-20-2012, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Lincoln is awesome. A nice clean city with outstanding parks and trails, the state capitol and flagship university, and friendly people.

I don't like Omaha quite as much, but it has many of the same virtues with more big-city amenities. Must be something good in that Nebraska water.

There's not much wrong with Des Moines. That might be damning with faint praise, but I'm a 'make my own fun' kind of guy so any place that doesn't bother me too much is a pretty good place to live.

I love the lakeside geography of Milwaukee, Detroit, and Chicago. However, I find the latter two overly large and worn. Milwaukee is nice in a lot of ways...but something about the prevailing culture in much of Wisconsin really rubs me the wrong way. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I've met a lot of people from WI and a disproportionate number of them behave in a sort of standoffish, pretentious manner that I don't like at all. YMMV.

Minneapolis has an awesome skyline, pretty parks, and a driven atmosphere. The city itself has too many hipsters but some of the suburbs are nice.

I like a number of the suburbs of Kansas City but the city itself doesn't do much for me.
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:21 PM
 
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Not to be contrary, but I'll take Kansas City, MO over it's bland suburbs any day.
I voted for three:
Milwaukee
Minneapolis (didn't realize St. Paul was separate)
Kansas City
In that order.
Just threw KC in because I lived there and have some odd attachment to it.
Milwaukee has a lot going for it: a rust-belt town that's transitioned it's economy pretty well, a lake-side location, and literally just down the road from Chicago so you can do that day-trip without the hassle of dealing with Illinois corruption. It's also a laid-back sort-of-blue-collarish place with a unique and sometimes weird culture.
Minneapolis is just a nice place that doesn't seem to have a whole lot wrong with it.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Roarin' back stronger than ever - Cleveland continues its powerful momentum!


Downtown Cleveland's boom is real, experts say, thanks to millennials moving in | cleveland.com
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Indianapolis would be my choice.
First it has the lowest cost of living and the nations most affordable housing market.
2nd its location is great. 75% of the US population within a days drive.
3rd Indy is going to be the First Northern city to be on the Super Bowl host rotation list. Heck Indy has set the standard for Super Bowls even higher.
4th only a 3 hour drive to Chicago/1.5 hour Cincy/3 hours St Louis. So easy short vacation if the situation demands it
5th Fastest Growing Region in the midwest and the strongest economy. Downtown is filled with construction and homes are selling like crazy in the metro area.
6th. Indy plays host to some of the largest sporting events in the world. The Indy 500/Brickyard 400. Final four every 5 years. Super Bowls periodically and many other conventions and events are held over the year. Gen Con is one of my favorite. Halloween in august with video gamers.
7th one of the friendliest down to earth cultures one can find people actually go out of their way to help you. Hoosier Hospitality is wonderful.

my 7 reasons why i love Indy.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Indianapolis would be my choice.
First it has the lowest cost of living and the nations most affordable housing market.
2nd its location is great. 75% of the US population within a days drive.
3rd Indy is going to be the First Northern city to be on the Super Bowl host rotation list. Heck Indy has set the standard for Super Bowls even higher.
4th only a 3 hour drive to Chicago/1.5 hour Cincy/3 hours St Louis. So easy short vacation if the situation demands it
5th Fastest Growing Region in the midwest and the strongest economy. Downtown is filled with construction and homes are selling like crazy in the metro area.
6th. Indy plays host to some of the largest sporting events in the world. The Indy 500/Brickyard 400. Final four every 5 years. Super Bowls periodically and many other conventions and events are held over the year. Gen Con is one of my favorite. Halloween in august with video gamers.
7th one of the friendliest down to earth cultures one can find people actually go out of their way to help you. Hoosier Hospitality is wonderful.

my 7 reasons why i love Indy.
Periodically=1?
Really?
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Periodically=1?
Really?

Irsay speaks on another Super Bowl bid

take a moment to read this
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Indianapolis would be my choice.
First it has the lowest cost of living and the nations most affordable housing market.
2nd its location is great. 75% of the US population within a days drive.
3rd Indy is going to be the First Northern city to be on the Super Bowl host rotation list. Heck Indy has set the standard for Super Bowls even higher.
4th only a 3 hour drive to Chicago/1.5 hour Cincy/3 hours St Louis. So easy short vacation if the situation demands it
5th Fastest Growing Region in the midwest and the strongest economy. Downtown is filled with construction and homes are selling like crazy in the metro area.
6th. Indy plays host to some of the largest sporting events in the world. The Indy 500/Brickyard 400. Final four every 5 years. Super Bowls periodically and many other conventions and events are held over the year. Gen Con is one of my favorite. Halloween in august with video gamers.
7th one of the friendliest down to earth cultures one can find people actually go out of their way to help you. Hoosier Hospitality is wonderful.

my 7 reasons why i love Indy.
Just a point that sticks sour with me: Indy is neither the 1) fastest-growing metro area in the Midwest nor 2) the fastest-growing city in the Midwest. I understand your love for Indy, but let's be factual. Strongest economy is also very skeptical...
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Just a point that sticks sour with me: Indy is neither the 1) fastest-growing metro area in the Midwest nor 2) the fastest-growing city in the Midwest. I understand your love for Indy, but let's be factual. Strongest economy is also very skeptical...
Wrong. Wrong and Wrong.
Indianapolis has constantly been ranked as the #1 city in the Midwest for growth. look around the Internet youll find articles
#2 that is a fact
#3 you cant grow if you dont have jobs. that a simple rule of economics.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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I've long considered Indy the fastest-growing metro area in the Midwest. I don't know what would rank ahead of it.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Normal
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The Midwest has a plethora of great cities to live in.

I voted for Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, although I could have added Madison.
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