Living in Detroit

Metro Detroit is home to the three major American automobile manufacturers and because of this, has some of the largest healthcare systems in the nation. The area is a great place to live for singles and families alike, and many suburbs have some of the top ranked schools in the nation.

There is plenty of entertainment and cultural activities for all interests. The Detroit Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Pistons provide year-round sports entertainment and museums abound throughout the Metro Detroit area. 

All over southeast Michigan there are parks and recreational areas for boating, swimming, fishing, basketball, baseball, tennis, biking, and walking. And don't forget the Great Lakes. These are great destinations for weekend getaways. Winter sports include hockey, ice-skating, sledding, cross-country and downhill skiing.

There is a diverse population in the Metro Detroit area with many ethnic groups represented including but not limited to Arab, Polish, Ukranian, German, Greek, African and Asian. Religious facilities are located throughout the area and reflect all religions including Christian, Jewish, Islam, etc.

Find out more about the cultural attractions, restaurants, outdoor activities, retail and entertainment in and around the Wayne State campus and Midtown by visiting: www.wayne.edu/culture/detroit

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  • Detroit Sports

    With four major sports teams and many sports leagues and clubs, there is no better place to be a sports fan than Detroit. Check out these websites for more information.

    Highlighted Detroit Area Attractions

    • Belle Isle Park: an island park in Detroit with year round attractions including one of the oldest aquariums in the country.
    • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: over 35,000 artifacts relating to the African American experience including many on the Underground Railroad and Detroit's Labor Movement
    • Cranbrook Art Museum, Institute of Science and Gardens: located about 20 miles north of a Detroit, this 300+ acre campus has many amenities, many in buildings designed by world famous architects
    • Detroit Institute of Arts: a world class art museum with thousands of permanent displays and rotating exhibitions
    • Detroit Restaurant Scene; check out the ever changing landscape of great food representing the diversity of the area
    • Detroit Riverfront: in recent years, the Detroit Riverfront has been transformed with many public spaces and fun attractions
    • Detroit Symphony Orchestra: within walking distance to the Wayne State campus, there is always great music to be experienced
    • Huron-Clinton Metroparks; a regional park system with 13 parks offering a wide range of outdoor activities year round
    • Michigan Science Center: offering hands-on and interactive science experiences for all ages
    • The Henry Ford; an indoor and outdoor historical museum with attractions include an IMAX theatre, a tour of the Ford F-150 manufacturing plant, rides in a real Model-T and important historical artifacts including the Rosa Parks Bus.