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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, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Southaven, Mississippi
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Which city with a population of 200,000 or more is the best in the Midwest to live, work, and play? And why? Please share your reasons for anyone who may not be familiar with the Midwest or considering a move there.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:45 AM
 
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Rochester, NY, it's a nice. Midwestrn city with a waterfall, a vibrant(ish) Downtown, obviously not comparable to Chicago but if you wanted a city that big I assume the lowest level 200,000 would be higher.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Southaven, Mississippi
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Rochester, NY, it's a nice. Midwestrn city with a waterfall, a vibrant(ish) Downtown, obviously not comparable to Chicago but if you wanted a city that big I assume the lowest level 200,000 would be higher.
Umm, Rochester, NY is not in the Midwest. Rochester may feel more of a Midwestern city in the Rust Belt but it's still in Upstate NY. Thanks for your suggestion anyway!
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:07 AM
 
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I would vote for Cleveland. It's a really cool city in my opinion with some nice urban offerings (extensive cultural activities, pro sports and diversity) as well as a less dense suburban feel in terms of parks, greenspace and trees. The city has surprisingly good transit including a rail system and traffic isn't as bad as most major metros. The cost is living is quite affordable and is attracting a younger demographic which one can see is having an affect on it's continued revitalization.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Here's my top 3: Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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I like Indianapolis because it has the lowest cost of living of any Major US city. Also Indianapolis has the nations most affordable housing market and every year is ranked very highly by Forbes.com as a great place to raise a family and live. Indy is the fastest growing City/Metro in the midwest and 8th in the nation.
Also Indianapolis is within a days drive to 75% of the US population and were the first northern city to be on the Super Bowl host rotation list. Super Bowl 46 went so well for Indy there is already talks of another bid in 2018 or 2020. Also the worlds largest sporting event the Indy 500 is held here every memorial day. Indy also has a very kind and friendly down to earth culture that i haven't seen in other cities i have been too.
Finally Indianapolis also has a strong job market relative to both the midwest and the country.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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isn't this going to be relative to the poster?

someone who doesn't like cold weather won't list St. Paul or Madison, for example. also, i don't see how you can split Minneapolis, and St. Paul - Omaha's metro area is FAR smaller (~800k MSA as compared to ~3.3m MSA)
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:06 PM
 
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Here's my top 3: Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison.
In a nutshell.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:08 PM
 
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Chicago should have been left off of this poll, imo. Chicago towers above other midwestern cities, literally and figuratively.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Southaven, Mississippi
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isn't this going to be relative to the poster?

someone who doesn't like cold weather won't list St. Paul or Madison, for example. also, i don't see how you can split Minneapolis, and St. Paul - Omaha's metro area is FAR smaller (~800k MSA as compared to ~3.3m MSA)
Minneapolis and St. Paul is unique in its own right. After all, it's two seperate cities making up the Twin Cities.

The population of Omaha's city proper is still over 200,000 so that's why it's on the list.
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