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Old 11-02-2014, 07:44 AM
 
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Perception of Michigan is very blue collar state. Automotive. Urban decay. African American.
Are you talking Michigan or Detroit? African Americans are only 1 out of every 7 people in the state. Most of the cities are quite nice outside of Detroit and Flint, but those are only around 8% of the state's total population.

I feel like Michigan has a huge perception problem since people only see stuff like the city of Detroit or Flint, although that's a very small piece of the state as a whole.

I love Michigan, beautiful scenery around the west and north of the state, wine growing country, all the apple orchards and cidar mills. I love going there in the summer through late fall especially.
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:45 AM
 
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Flat, ugly, cold and boring.
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:53 AM
 
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Muslims, Union, and high taxes.
I think those are other common stereotypes. Not sure where the taxes one came from, the state has always been pretty low tax. It's currently in the top 1/3 of states with the lowest overall tax burden.

It has a huge arabic population for the USA, although it's only around 3% of the state population and muslims are reported to be 1% of the population's religion.
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:17 AM
 
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I was born in Dearborn (which is this high Muslim area around Detroit), worked in Dearborn, have friends in Dearborn, and currently volunteer in Dearborn frequently. I love the city - it's diverse and the more you get to know folks different from you the more you realize how they really are no different than you.
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:15 AM
 
Location: IN
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Flat, ugly, cold and boring.
Lotd of woods and naturally occurring lakes are more interesting than the western Midwest.
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:56 AM
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Location: West Michigan
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Flat, ugly, cold and boring.
Funny, most of Michigan is rolling hills, with larger hills up north.
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Old 11-02-2014, 03:49 PM
 
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Funny, most of Michigan is rolling hills, with larger hills up north.

Yeah I was gonna leave that one alone. Michigan isn't mountainous but it is far from flat.
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Old 11-02-2014, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Yeah I was gonna leave that one alone. Michigan isn't mountainous but it is far from flat.
And far from ugly and boring and only truly cold for 4-5 months of the year, depending on which part of the state you live in. He should have been here during the summer of 2012 with extended periods of 90+ degree weather and drought conditions!
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Dalton, Georgia, USA
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I live in the south (Georgia to be exact), and I have no hate for Michigan whatsoever. I'm not gonna lie, I feel pretty bad for Detroit with it constantly losing population, booming with crime, etc.
But I don't let one city (though it be the most well-known in Michigan) make up my entire view on the state. I could be pretty sure the Detroit area actually has some nice suburbs. Also, I've never actually been to Michigan, but my mom has been to Traverse City before, and said she thought it was a great place. I personally just view Michigan as just another state in our wonderful country, I don't see it as a horrid place. Probably a crazily cold, snowy place in the winter, but overall a nice state I guess.
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:45 PM
 
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Beautiful and highly regarded Big 10 college campuses, Vernor's, Faygo Pop, gym shoes, Grand River Avenue, MC Breed, the Dayton Family, Isham, ICP, Kid Rock, the Red Cedar River, Lake Michigan, Woodward Avenue, the Ambassador Bridge, Greektown, CATA, WJLB, Power 96.5, Muskegon Reds football, pasties from the U.P., Pershing Doughboy basketball, 10 cent refunds, going to the Quality Dairy, the Dutch Reformed influence on the western side of the state, Belle Isle, getting ice cream on the MSU campus, seeing members of the Fab Five in A squared, hanging out in Stevensville, watching a football game in Holt and Motown are some things I think about in terms of Michigan.
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