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Old 07-30-2017, 12:11 AM
 
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Hi everyone I would just like to know what are the best citys in mi to live in and why, which has many things to do, who has the best festivals, art fairs, bars pubs, just fun things to do every day, who has alot of jobs, which city's have the most opportunitys, Your comments would be appreciated.
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Old 07-30-2017, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Detroit
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Well the Metro Detroit area has all of that of course and I'm including Ann Arbor in this group as well since it's less than a hour from downtown Detroit. On a smaller scale Grand Rapids also has plenty of amenities to keep you busy and a very healthy job market. After that it's a little bit of give and take but Kalamazoo and Lansing are also pretty solid options.
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Old 07-30-2017, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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I'm including Ann Arbor in this group as well since it's less than a hour from downtown Detroit. On a smaller scale Grand Rapids also has plenty of amenities ..... After that it's a little bit of give and take but Kalamazoo.....
Kalamazoo is less than an hour from Grand Rapids so why don't you lump it with Grand Rapids?
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Kalamazoo is less than an hour from Grand Rapids so why don't you lump it with Grand Rapids?
Lansing is less than an hour from GR should they be lumped together too?
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Central Mass
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Lansing is less than an hour from GR should they be lumped together too?
Nah. Lansing is less than an hour from Flint. They should be lumped together. And MBS.
But Mt. Pleasant is less than an hour to Saginaw!

Screw it. There are only 4 parts of Michigan: Metro Detroit - From Toledo to Jackson to Waterford and Lapeer to Port Huron. Grand Rapids - From Chicago to Big Rapids to Kalamazoo. Flint - from Lansing to Mt. Pleasant to the rest of the thumb. Then everything north of Mt Pleasant.
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit
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Ooh, I can do this too. New Baltimore and Canton are more than an hour apart so therefore they're in a different metro. Also, Rochester Hills and Grosse Ile are totally different metro areas.

No. The reason they are the same metro is because Ann Arbor is a continuous city all the way to Detroit, there are a significant amount of commuters between the two cities, and the economy of Ann Arbor, while certainly powerful on its own, is significantly anchored and benefited by the fact that it's part of a metro of 4.5 million people. In my opinion, saying Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County is its own thing is kind of like saying Pontiac/Troy/Oakland County is it own metro area. Are the areas separate and culturally distinct? Absolutely. Are they proportionately dependent upon each other? Yup. None of this is the case with Grand Rapids/K-Zoo or Lansing/Flint. You've got an hour of farms between each and they are no more integrated than Columbus/Detroit or K-Zoo/Indy.

Regarding OP's question - it's tough to answer without more detail. There are so many cities with art, pubs, festivals.. and they're all so different. How do you compare Royal Oak to Frankenmuth, or Ann Arbor to Traverse City? Which is better? That's completely dependent upon if you want urban, college, rural, toursity... Michigan is a big state. Asking "Which city is best?" is a tough thing to tackle - for the most opportunity, obviously Detroit is #1. The city itself is 3x larger than any other city and the metro is 4x larger. There's more to do here, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's "better".
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Back in the Mitten. Formerly NC
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Michigan has 276 cities. It is hard to pick a best.... I've included a some reasons a few of them are great.

Adrian
Albion
Algonac
Allegan
Allen Park
Alma city
Alpena
Ann Arbor
Au Gres **Used to have a water slide. The beginning of 'up north'
Auburn **Has a Corn Festival
Auburn Hills
Bad Axe
Bangor
Battle Creek **Cereal
Bay City **Boats and fireworks
Beaverton
Belding
Belleville
Benton Harbor
Berkley
Bessemer
Big Rapids
Birmingham
Bloomfield Hills
Boyne City
Bridgman
Brighton
Bronson
Brown City
Buchanan
Burton
Cadillac
Caro
Carson City
Caspian
Cedar Springs
Center Line
Charlevoix
Charlotte
Cheboygan
Chelsea
Clare **Irish Parade
Clawson
Clio
Coldwater
Coleman
Coloma
Coopersville
Corunna
Croswell
Crystal Falls
Davison
Dearborn
Dearborn Heights
Detroit
DeWitt
Douglas
Dowagiac
Durand ** Used to have a drive-in theater that showed porn. Fun story to tell visitors.
East Grand Rapids
East Jordan
East Lansing
East Tawas
Eastpointe
Eaton Rapids
Ecorse
Escanaba
Essexville
Evart
Farmington
Farmington Hills
Fennville
Fenton
Ferndale
Ferrysburg
Flat Rock
Flint
Flushing
Frankenmuth **German stuff, chicken, Christmas, and horses
Frankfort
Fraser
Fremont
Gaastra
Galesburg
Garden City
Gaylord
Gibraltar
Gladstone
Gladwin
Gobles
Grand Blanc
Grand Haven
Grand Ledge
Grand Rapids
Grandville
Grant
Grayling
Greenville
Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe Farms
Grosse Pointe Park
Grosse Pointe Shores, Village of
Grosse Pointe Woods
Hamtramck **paczkis! and Disneyland
Hancock
Harbor Beach
Harbor Springs
Harper Woods
Harrison
Harrisville
Hart
Hartford
Hastings
Hazel Park
Highland Park
Hillsdale
Holland **tulips and heated sidewalks
Houghton
Howell
Hudson
Hudsonville
Huntington Woods
Imlay City
Inkster
Ionia
Iron Mountain **giant ski jump
Iron Rive
Ironwood
Ishpeming
Ithaca
Jackson
Jonesville
Kalamazoo
Keego Harbor
Kentwood
Kingsford
Laingsburg
Lake Angelus
Lake City
Lansing
Lapeer
Lathrup Village
Leslie
Lincoln Park
Linden
Litchfield
Livonia
Lowell
Ludington **You can take boat rides to Wisconsin
Luna Pier
Mackinac Island **Fudge. Duh. And horses.
Madison Heights
Manistee
Manistique
Manton
Marine City
Marlette
Marquette
Marshall
Marysville
Mason
McBain
Melvindale
Memphis
Menominee
Midland
Milan
Monroe
Montague
Montrose **Blueberries
Morenci
Mount Clemens
Mount Morris
Mount Pleasant
Munising
Muskegon
Muskegon Heights
Negaunee
New Baltimore
New Buffalo
Newaygo
Niles
North Muskegon
Northville
Norton Shores
Norway
Novi
Oak Park
Olivet
Omer
Onaway
Orchard Lake Village
Otsego
Owosso **Has a castle
Parchment
Perry
Petersburg
Petoskey
Pinconning **Cheese, Deer Acres
Plainwell
Pleasant Ridge
Plymouth
Pontiac
Port Huron
Portage
Portland
Potterville
Reading
Reed City
Richmond
River Rouge
Riverview
Rochester
Rochester Hills
Rockford
Rockwood
Rogers City
Romulus
Roosevelt Park
Rose City
Roseville
Royal Oak
Saginaw
Saint Clair
Saint Clair Shores
Saint Ignace **Mystery Spot
Saint Johns
Saint Joseph
Saint Louis
Saline
Sandusky
Saugatuck
Sault Ste. Marie
Scottville
South Haven
South Lyon
Southfield
Southgate
Springfield
Standish
Stanton
Stephenson
Sterling Heights
Sturgis
Swartz Creek
Sylvan Lake
Tawas City
Taylor
Tecumseh
Three Rivers
Traverse City **Cherries
Trenton
Troy
Utica
Vassar
Village of Clarkston
Wakefield
Walker
Walled Lake
Warren
Watervliet
Wayland
Wayne
West Branch
Westland
White Cloud
Whitehall
Whittemore
Williamston
Wixom
Woodhaven
Wyandotte
Wyoming
Yale
Ypsilanti
Zeeland
Zilwaukee
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Old 07-31-2017, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Detroit
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Ooh, I can do this too. New Baltimore and Canton are more than an hour apart so therefore they're in a different metro. Also, Rochester Hills and Grosse Ile are totally different metro areas.

No. The reason they are the same metro is because Ann Arbor is a continuous city all the way to Detroit, there are a significant amount of commuters between the two cities, and the economy of Ann Arbor, while certainly powerful on its own, is significantly anchored and benefited by the fact that it's part of a metro of 4.5 million people. In my opinion, saying Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County is its own thing is kind of like saying Pontiac/Troy/Oakland County is it own metro area. Are the areas separate and culturally distinct? Absolutely. Are they proportionately dependent upon each other? Yup. None of this is the case with Grand Rapids/K-Zoo or Lansing/Flint. You've got an hour of farms between each and they are no more integrated than Columbus/Detroit or K-Zoo/Indy.

Regarding OP's question - it's tough to answer without more detail. There are so many cities with art, pubs, festivals.. and they're all so different. How do you compare Royal Oak to Frankenmuth, or Ann Arbor to Traverse City? Which is better? That's completely dependent upon if you want urban, college, rural, toursity... Michigan is a big state. Asking "Which city is best?" is a tough thing to tackle - for the most opportunity, obviously Detroit is #1. The city itself is 3x larger than any other city and the metro is 4x larger. There's more to do here, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's "better".
I wish I could rep you again for this post. Lol people are funny. Northern Macomb, Shelby township, Brighton, Clarkston, ect are all part of Metro Detroit despite being more than 45 minutes from downtown Detroit . Can we all guess why the census bureau lumped these cities all together in one area and didn't lump 2 cities with 40 miles of farmland between them? Well if you ask me it's probably the same reason why Los Angeles has alot more suburbs that are more than 45 minutes away from downtown LA, because LA has 3 times as many people as Detroit. Therefore, there are alot more cities lumped in with the LA area.

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Kalamazoo is less than an hour from Grand Rapids so why don't you lump it with Grand Rapids?
The same reason why I didn't lump Jackson or Toledo or Flint with Detroit. There isn't 30 minutes of farmersonly.com between Detroit and Ann Arbor. There are a number of Detroit suburbs that are closer to Ann Arbor than Detroit. In fact, outside of the greenbelt the development is pretty continuous. Is there continuous sprawl from GR to Kzoo? or is the southern most suburb of GR closer to Kzoo then it is GR? is Kzoo at least in GR CSA? no, it's 40 minutes of rural towns that completely separate the 2 cities.

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Lansing is less than an hour from GR should they be lumped together too?
If there weren't 40 minutes of cornfields between the 2 cities or at least the east suburbs of GR stretch more than halfway to Lansing.

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Nah. Lansing is less than an hour from Flint. They should be lumped together. And MBS.
But Mt. Pleasant is less than an hour to Saginaw!

Screw it. There are only 4 parts of Michigan: Metro Detroit - From Toledo to Jackson to Waterford and Lapeer to Port Huron. Grand Rapids - From Chicago to Big Rapids to Kalamazoo. Flint - from Lansing to Mt. Pleasant to the rest of the thumb. Then everything north of Mt Pleasant.
Ahhh vedy good grasshopper, you are correct, Lansing and Flint are less than a hour apart. Now all you have to do is show me 30 miles of urban development between Lansing and Flint, and all of the other stuff you named. Now that you mentioned Chicago, care to explain why Joilet, Naperville, and Michigan City are all lumped with Chicago despite being more than 45 minutes from downtown Chicago?
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Little did the OP know what she was getting into asking this question.

Did everyone do their shot of Ouzo before posting? Yes? Good! lol
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Central Mass
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Durand ** Used to have a drive-in theater that showed porn. Fun story to tell visitors.
So did Ann Arbor (actually Scio Twp)
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