Detroit, Michigan, better known as ‘Motor City” or “Motown” for housing most of the U.S.’ car making industry, is a large city in the American Midwest which has evolved towards a diverse knowledge-based economy and student-friendly university policy. While it’s still an industrial centre for the automobile corporations, Detroit is mostly known nowadays for its racially-inclusive and diverse society, as well as the trend towards a highly-educated and international white collar workforce. The city is emerging as a business and entertainment hub in the region, attracting much of the economic and social life of neighbouring towns and countryside, from both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border.
Detroit has long been associated with the auto industry, but its economy has since changed into a more diverse and inclusive job market. The largest employers are in the field of healthcare, public service and administration, education and, at some distance behind, the car makers. The largest companies which have their headquarters in Detroit are Chrysler, General Motors, HP, the Big Four audit firms, Ford, DTE Energy, as well as numerous finance and insurance companies such as Blue Cross or Quicken Loans. While the largest opportunities seem to be for graduates of medical schools and MBAs, there is still significant demand for engineering degrees or finance and accounting professionals. For most graduates with a diploma in an economic field, there are plenty of internship options, starting from the first semesters of the study programme.
Detroit is a very vibrant city, with much of its culture being built upon its industrial tradition. There are many landmarks and tourist attractions throughout the city:
Motown is a bustling centre for casino resorts and jazz festivals, enjoying a rich nightlife. Country music lovers also have reasons to enjoy Detroit thanks to its Hoedown festival. Unsurprisingly, the North American International Auto Show takes place in Detroit every year, alongside sports events, fireworks, leading up to the Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival. Contemporary street art is similarly appreciated in Motown, with numerous exhibitions and outdoor plays evoking the city’s industrial heritage. Detroit has, in addition to this, numerous sports teams which play in the national leagues in basketball, football, baseball and soccer.
While noticing a decrease in population, Detroit still has some of the youngest populations in the U.S., with 40% being under the age of 24. The city’s population is fairly diverse in cultural and ethnic background, which makes it one of the more inclusive urban areas in the U.S. and great place to get the multicultural American experience. The majority of the population speaks English, with languages like Spanish, Hindi or Chinese being spoken in the local communities. This diversity is also maintained by the constant flux of international students coming to study in Detroit.
In Detroit, the weather brings cold winters with moderate snowfall of 42.5 inches (108 cm) on average per year and a temperature of about 25.6 °F (-3.6 °C) in January. The summer season is warm, without it being too hot, with an average temperature of 73.6 °F (23.1 °C) in July. The moderate amount of precipitations reaches an average of 33.47 inches (850.1 cm)/year.
There are several accommodation options in Detroit, with differing prices:
Detroit is a moderately affordable city, with an average living cost ranging between 689 and 796 USD/month, excluding accommodation. Basic utility costs reach around 300 USD/month and the food budget reaches about 261 USD/month. A monthly local transport pass is 50 USD, while a one-way ticket is 2 USD.