Living in Michigan
Located in the very center of the Great Lakes Region, Metropolitan Detroit is characterized as an international community. It has a population of approximately 4.5 million people, ranking the region among the nation’s leading metro centers. The Metropolitan Detroit area, which sits along the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, serves as a gateway to Canada. Detroit boasts the largest foreign trade zone in the nation in geographic terms as well as sheer volume of goods. A steadily growing economy promises the region a bright economic forecast. Detroit’s impressive skyline is testimony to the area’s enduring economic strength as one of the nation’s leading centers for manufacturing, trade and commerce.
Distinguished by its rich and colorful history, Detroit offers multiple museums and historical sites. A diverse medley of performing arts – symphony, opera, dance and theatre – maintain permanent companies in Downtown Detroit.
Sports fans will find action in every corner of Southeastern Michigan, from professional teams to the exciting Big Ten collegiate competition. Teams like the NBA Detroit Pistons and Women’s WNBA national champions Shock basketball, Lions football, Red Wings hockey and Tigers baseball combined with horse racing and hydroplane races on the Detroit River bring sports enthusiasts from everywhere.
All four seasons are distinguished by vivid colors and bring spectacular change in the landscape. Michigan’s state park system has nearly 100 national parks and recreational areas covering over 142 miles of Great Lakes frontage and 462 miles of inland lakes, rivers and streams. From the rolling terrain of Southern Michigan to the breathtaking scenery of Northern Michigan, the state is perhaps one of the most underrated golf destinations in the country. Whether it’s horseback riding, hiking, skiing, sailing, fishing, or golf, the Detroit region provides recreational opportunities for children and adults.
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The five Grosse Pointe communities are nestled along the shores of Lake St. Clair. The well-established area has some of the most elegant homes and surroundings in the suburban Detroit area. Two of the defining features of Grosse Pointe real estate are the established, tree-lined streets and the lakefront parks. The architecture of many old-world homes and new executive homes contributes to the elegance of the overall area. Residents enjoy a scenic waterfront park, a private marina, and its two outdoor swimming pools. The City's centrally located small business district is popular for its quaint specialty shops, art galleries, coffee shops, and wide assortment of eclectic restaurants.
Birmingham is a vibrant city, attractive for its small town charm, outstanding public schools, upscale shopping and restaurant district. Birmingham prides itself in offering superior community resources such as the Baldwin Public Library, the Birmingham Historical Museum, the Community House and the Ice Rink. In the summer, the city hosts events such as a weekly Farmer's Market, concerts, art fairs and family activities at Shain Park. The "Rail District" is home to many new galleries and businesses.
The City of Royal Oak is located 20 minutes North of Detroit near several major thoroughfares. Royal Oak embraces its cosmopolitan culture. The downtown streets have a variety of restaurants, coffee houses, theaters and unique shops. Downtown residential developments such as new urban loft communities and brownstones attract a diverse population to this vibrant area.
Bloomfield Hills is the home to the internationally renowned Cranbrook Institute of Science and Art, the exclusive Bloomfield Hills Country Club and the Bloomfield Open Hunt Club. Bloomfield Hills is located in the southeast quadrant of Oakland County and consistently ranks as one of the top five wealthiest cities in the United States consisting of over 1,000 households. Bloomfield Hills has many features that families look for when choosing a community to raise children.
Troy has become a business and shopping destination in the Metro Detroit area, with numerous office centers and the upscale Somerset Collection mall. A family centered community, Troy is the safest city in Michigan and among the top 10 safest cities in the Nation. Troy was also ranked 22nd on a list of "Best Places to Live" in the United States by CNN Money, using criteria including housing, quality of education, economic strength, and recreational opportunities in 2008.