The benefits of moving to Detroit

So, it’s time for you to move? Moving to another city can be a great experience. It can mentally and spiritually enlighten everyone. Different people, different culture and a different way of life all work together to broaden one’s horizons. What’s great about living in America is that there are many excellent, unique cities here, each offering a different experience. Today, however, we’ll focus on the benefits of moving to Detroit, Michigan. Why is life in the Motor City so appealing?

#01 The people are great

While things have been a lot better lately, in the period between the 1950s and the early 21st century there weren’t that many jobs to be had in the Motor City. While Detroit once had a thriving automotive industry, it has since declined. That has caused a lot of people to leave this city. However, those that stayed have shown a lot of determination and an intense love for their city. And they will act the same way towards you as well (of course, if you’re nice and don’t cause any unnecessary trouble). That’s why you shouldn’t have much trouble meeting people after you move. Generally, the people in Detroit are great. They’re willful and very kind.

#02 Moving to Detroit will allow you to enjoy its beautiful green spaces

While Detroit has a reputation for being an industrial city, there’s actually plenty of green spaces to enjoy there as well. For example, there are a lot of beautiful lakes in Michigan. If you move to Detroit, you’ll be able to take a short trip to see the Great Lakes of North America. These five lakes comprise the biggest freshwater lake-group by total area. And except Lake Ontario, all of them are located in Michigan. All of them are also undoubtedly beautiful. The only question is: which one to visit first? While Lake Superior offers great kayaking opportunities, we believe that nothing beats the view from Lake Michigan. Still, different people, different tastes, right?

The edge of Lake Superior you will be able to enjoy after moving to Detroit

Moving to Detroit will allow you to enjoy the Great Lakes of Michigan, such as the Lake Superior (pictured).

Wherever you go, you’ll be able to fish or take part in rafting or rock-climbing in a serene environment. When the hassle of the big-city life gets to you, you’ll definitely be able to easily relax in Michigan. And whether you’re moving with a family or on your own, you can have a great time in the nature near Detroit. Going on your own will allow you to fully embrace the meditative spirit of the Great Lakes. Going with your family, however, can be a perfect bonding opportunity, as well as being a very fun way to pass the time.

#03 Detroit is an excellent city for starting a small-business

As we said, many people have left Detroit during the second half of the 20th century due to a small number of job opportunities. However, the city officials are now doing their best to rebuild Detroit in terms of job wealth. For example, it is much easier than usual for the residents of Detroit to start a small business. Tax waivers and grants are regularly given to people who are looking to start such a business in Detroit. Ever dreamt of opening a bakery or a bookstore? After moving to Detroit, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to make that dream come true.

What’s more, startups are also doing great in Detroit. There are more investors than there are startups. This means that the investors are always on the lookout for investing in a new project. The cost of living is also low in Detroit. That’s why you don’t need a whole lot of cash for the initial startup. If you save some money when moving to Detroit, you should be able to get the project rolling quickly and without too much of a hassle.

Several stacks of coins, each larger than the one before. There are tiny plants "blossoming" out of every stack.

Investing in creating a blossoming business can be very profitable in Detroit.

And the fact that the city is still developing means that you’ll be able to get there early with your startup. Less competition means that your startup will be more effective. It will have a much greater impact than it would have had in one of the major cities. You’d be helping Detroit become bigger. That’s why some of the people behind current startups will become the legends of the Motor City in the years to come.

#04 Detroit has a rich musical history

The last but not the least, most music lovers will feel good living in a city with such a rich musical history.


In this regard, we first have to mention the famous Motown Records. Founded in 1959, this record label was instrumental in popularizing African American musicians playing soul music. Their brand of soul had a distinct pop vibe, making it very commercially successful. In fact, Motown can boast with having 79 top-ten hits on the Billboard’s Hot 100 list between the years of 1960 and 1969!

A poster with the phrase "Music heals the souls" above some musical notes.

Music heals the soul, especially if it’s soul music!

A plethora of renowned artists have had a deal with this record label:

  • Marvin Gaye was one of the most influential R&B singers. His albums “What’s Going On” and “Let’s Get it On” are one of the staples of soul music.
  • Stevie Wonder is one of the most critically and commercially successful musicians of all time. Starting as a child prodigy, Wonder has had a string of hits including the songs “Superstition” and “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”.
  • The Supremes are the most successful vocal group that America has ever seen. This all-female vocal group has paved the way for other African American R&B and soul artists to achieve mainstream success. They were so popular, in fact, that never the Beatles were more popular than them in the mid-1950s.
  • The Temptations were another Motown’s hit vocal group. Their hits, including “I Wish It Would Rain” and “My Girl” remain all-time R&B favorites.


Apart from Motown, we also have to mention the protopunk movement of Detroit. During the late 1960s, Detroit bands like The Stooges (fronted by the famous Iggy Pop) and MC5 have set the foundation for the future development of punk music.

After moving to Detroit, people who are interested in the history of music will have the chance to check out some of the key locations when it comes to punk and soul music. You can, for example, see the place where Iggy Pop first started singing. Or maybe check out Motown’s former headquarters? Whatever location you choose, it’s easy to surround yourself with an inspiring aura that these locations still emit for those that are interested in music.

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