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Old 07-12-2011, 04:16 AM
 
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hi! my mom and i are moving soon but we dont know where yet! we're really interested in michigan but not sure yet. here is a list of must-haves:

-smallish city, preferably no more than about 100,000 people but more than around 10,000
-not too far away from the metro area though
-good schools
-safe
-good job market
-cheap housing (we're from san francisco so anything under $1000 per month for an apartment is very cheap)
-not too conservative
-preferably somewhere were there are horses but that's not as important as the other stuff

so far i've looked into traverse city and royal oaks which seemed pretty nice. does anyone have some more suggestions though? thanks!
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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Look at the Owosso/Corunna area. Even though I would MUCH rather live up north...I really love it here because of everything you mentioned.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:24 AM
 
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Ann Arbor sounds just about perfect for you. It has around 110,000 people, so it is at the higher end of your population preference, but it is generally very safe, has good schools, has one of the best economies and job markets in Michigan, and has a ton of stuff to do because the University of Michigan is there. It isn't one of the cheaper cities in Michigan, because the university and its medical center are world renowned and attract people from all over, but you should be able to find an apartment for under $1,000/month, either in Ann Arbor or close by in the safe, quaint, smaller towns of Saline, Dexter, or Chelsea. No matter what, the cost of living will seem extremely reasonable after living in San Francisco. Ann Arbor is also close enough to the Detroit Metro area to take advantage of all of the cultural and sporting events there, but not close enough that you have to worry about being "close to" Detroit proper, although there are some really terrific, relatively safe parts of Detroit that will be a pleasant surprise if you have heard all of the negative hype, and Detroit has some wonderful suburbs that are as nice as you will find anywhere. Ann Arbor has several riding stables to choose from.
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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My vote for Ann Arbor as well. Many parts of MI have rural amenities not far out of town, so horses are not out of the question at all.
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:57 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Check out Kalamazoo!

It has become one of my favorite cities in Michigan lately. It has a population of around 75,000. Lots of horses in the area, and the surrounding areas have pretty nice scenery IMO - lots of trees, water and some hills too. The downtown has a bunch of great restaurants and bars. It is a college town and is the home of Western Michigan University, so it has a somewhat liberal vibe (by midwest standards). It is also a short drive to Lake Michigan and beautiful beach towns like St. Joseph and South Haven in the summer, huge sand dunes, apple orchards, and some excellent wineries (a big advantage over Ann Arbor in this department - SE Michigan is somewhat lacking in the natural beauty department).
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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I second Kalamazoo.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:58 AM
 
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thanks for all the replies! so far i really like ann arbor and saw it mentioned quiet a lot on this site. im also going to check out kalamazoo which sounds really nice. personally, i love college towns so it'd be perfect!
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
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A third for Kalamazoo! There are plenty of outlying beautiful towns if you don't want to live directly in Kalamazoo also. I have always wanted to move away and see new places (23 years old), but I know I would miss Kalamazoo a lot.
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:00 AM
 
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Since you mentioned Royal Oak I thought I would suggest Birmingham. They have excellent schools,a downtown area with shops/restaurants,you are close to major cities and areas for employment. What type of job are you going to be looking for?
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Santa Fe
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Default thinking of a move "back home"

We are thinking of moving back to the midwest after spending over a decade in New Mexico. Most of my family is in MI...Detroit suburbs and Huron County. Can anyone tell me about the schools/lifestyle in the Huron County area? Thank you!!
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