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The Motor City: What to Know Before Moving to Detroit

Deciding to move, especially to a new city, can be a stressful task to take on. You have to consider the cost of moving, research the culture of the new city you’re moving to, and look around for new outlets to continue your hobbies and interests. With so many things to consider, it becomes difficult to choose which sacrifices you will make as you transition into your new location.

But what if you didn’t need to make any sacrifices when moving, and you find a city that offered everything you are looking for? If you want to be a part of a community that is tailored to support the diverse interests of its inhabitants, check out all of the things the Motor City has to offer.

Affordable Cost of Living

The first thing you will notice as a new homeowner in Detroit is how affordable it is. In fact, Detroit is about 27% less expensive than the national average for cost of living. And with the added of owning a home being about 13% less expensive than the national average, you’ll have more money to spend on transforming your space into the house of your dreams. For example, installing a mirror on the entirety of a wall can instantly make any room appear bigger and twice as deep. And with 15% of new homes being comprised of composite siding, you can take comfort in knowing that your home will be able to withstand the elements.

High Quality Of Life

In addition to an affordable cost of living, Detroit offers a higher quality of life than what you will find in other cities. This can include:

Diverse Culture Southeast Michigan is well known for its diverse population. It has one of the largest Arab-American populations in the country and has the highest percentage of African-American business owners in the nation. Living in a diverse community will help you feel included, and give you plenty of opportunities to try new things and to see new perspectives.

Delicious Food Diversity comes with more than just an enhanced sense of community. It also brings the unique flavors and foods that originate from these varying backgrounds. In fact, National Geographic has even named the city as number one unexpected food city in North America.

Renowned Art With all of the delicious food and diverse inspiration overflowing from this city, it is no surprise that it is also well known for its art scene. In fact, U.S. World and News Report has ranked the city in the top 10 cities for art lovers. Many residents also enjoy the fact that many of the art and culture events that go on throughout the year are free of charge, which makes these perfect for spending quality time with friends and family.

Ample Outdoor Adventures

There is a reason Michigan is nicknamed a water wonderland. With over 400 lakes, and more coastline than almost every other state, there is no doubt that Michigan is the place to be if you want to enjoy affordable living while living near the beach. You will also find over 200 miles of hiking trails, nine state parks, and the nation’s largest city park. And if international travel is more your style, multiple Canadian cities are just a quick drive away if you hold a valid passport. With more than 80% of internet users admitting to buying goods or services online, your next exploration could be just a few clicks away if there are any traveling materials you need.

Final Thoughts

Detroit is the place to be if you’re looking for an affordable cost of living, a city that offers diversity and community, and ample natural features. From good food to beautiful art, it is not difficult to see why this city is experiencing a come-up. But be careful if you visit, because you may fall in love with everything the city has to offer and never want to leave.

Kelsey R.
Author: Kelsey R.

Metro Detroit Mommy writer Kelsey.