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Old 06-01-2018, 06:48 AM
 
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That image of Detroit does not match the reality today. There are plenty of jobs today in the metro area.
This is purely anecdotal, but I have a Bachelor's Degree with a double major in Accounting and HR (hardly useless majors). I have several years of experience ranging from engineering support to procurement.

While I was in Detroit (I left back in October of last year), the only available jobs I could find were long-term contract roles (no chance of getting hired on permanently) and the employers still had ridiculous expectations for those positions (they wanted to pay below market rate, like $20/hr, they didn't want to train, they would take months to make a decision, etc.). It was also still common to be competing with tens of hundreds of other applicants for these same roles. And these were just for the jobs that called me back (most of them did not). Also, the Big 3 automakers and Tier 1 Suppliers were all on indefinite hiring freezes for non-Engineering roles (after auto sales peaked in 2016, very few if any Accounting/HR/Purchasing/Marketing, etc. job openings were posted at Ford / GM / Chrysler).

The only individuals I know of who had an easily time landing a good-paying, permanent jobs were those with mechanical engineering degrees. But of course, that's such a narrow field and doesn't help people in other fields who also need good paying permanent jobs.

Meanwhile, I started applying out of state and immediately got several interviews with ease at different companies. In fact, my current company not only did not waste my time with a bunch of interviews asking a ton of scripted questions that had nothing to do with the role (something the Big 3 automakers are notorious for), but they even paid for my relocation. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity and haven't even looked back at Michigan.

Maybe things have changed since I left back in 2017, but my experience as far as jobs lacking in Michigan for those who aren't Automotive Engineers definitely supports goofy's claim.
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Old 06-01-2018, 06:56 AM
 
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As an African American myself, I think the main issue for me with living in an area that leans majority black or is mostly black is that a lot of decent retailers and restaurants tend to red line these communities (rightly or wrongly).

Here in Atlanta, one example is southern parts of DeKalb County. It's been hit very hard by store closures lately, forcing residents in that community to drive much further to access certain amenities.
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Old 06-01-2018, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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The large city. Demographics don't factor at all into where I'd like to live except that I don't want the median age to be really low.
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Old 06-04-2018, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn the best borough in NYC!
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I donít care about percentages. As long as the city has a large black population Iím fine! The reality is, the more diverse your city is the less of a percentage your mind will have there.

Also I prefer the integrated scene of blacks youíll find in places like LA and NYC or even DC now!
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Old 06-04-2018, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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The reality is, the more diverse your city is the less of a percentage your mind will have there.
I don't think most posters even realize what you just said there. I have found this to be true where I'm living at now. I think that we get in our own way a lot of the time without realizing it, because all we see is Black and White, or Black, or White.

I don't know if that is where you were going with it but that is what I took from it. Sounded like it could go a couple different ways.
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:58 PM
 
Location: the Permian Basin
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Would you rather live in a city with a large Black population, like NY or LA, or a smaller city where a large percentage of the population is Black? How does the later influence your experiences in a city that would otherwise go largely unrecognized?

I would rather live in a small city; you couldn't force me to live in NY or LA. I couldn't care less what percentage of the population is black.
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