How does Metro Detroit Area measure up? While the City of Detroit recently received the dubious titles of "most dangerous" and "most miserable," the city and metro area do a lot of things right. Listed below are several categories in which cities/communities within the Metro Detroit Area ranked high against other cities in the nation.
According to United Press International, the magazine Sporting News
ranked Detroit the #1 sports city in the nation. It cited the fact that Detroit's baseball, hockey and basketball teams all finished in the top four nationally. Fan enthusiasm was also a big factor.
According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy
, Detroit took the honor of most generous city in 2003. Detroit residents donated 12.1% of their discretionary income to charities.
The Urban Travel Guide: Gridskipper
rated Detroit as the #1 most masculine city in America. The honor was based on Detroit's angry, loud music; fanatical sports fans; and survival in spite of overwhelming economic disparity.
According to Govpro.com, Detroit is the most liberal city in America. The finding was based on a study conducted by the Bay Area Center for Voting Research (BACVR). The study found a correlation between liberal cities and the percentage of African Americans in them. For instance, Provo, Utah, the most conservative city, is predominantly white.
According to Bestplaces.net, The New York Times
placed Detroit 2nd among U.S. cities for highest percentage of singles (43%).
According to the Oakland County website, Forbes Magazine
ranked the Metro Detroit Area third in the nation for affordable homes. In other words, Detroit offers a great value for you buck in terms of housing.
According to MSNBC.com, Forbes Magazine
ranked Ann Arbor as the third smartest city in the nation.
According to MLive.com, Detroit ranks in the top five of U.S. cities for the number of theater seats and live performances.
According to Morgan Quitno Press
, several cities in the Metro Detroit Area are within the top 50 safest cities in the nation: Sterling Heights (9), Canton (14), Troy (16), Livonia (30) and Ann Arbor (44).
According to Bestplaces.net, Detroit ranked 11th in the nation in 2005 as the best city for seniors. The city scored especially high marks in housing and social opportunity.