Moving to Detroit

Detroit is the most populous city in the state of Michigan and the largest which sits on the border of Canada and the United States. It has earned a reputation as being an American cultural hub, producing iconic contributions to the country’s music, art and design scenes.

Known as the Motor City, it is the cornerstone of the US automobile industry and home to the headquarters of manufacturing giants like General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Aside from this, other big sectors include general manufacturing, technology, finance, and healthcare. For young students, two big universities include the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University, while there are many smaller colleges and higher-learning institutions dotted throughout the city.

Expat parents will be happy to find a great selection of reputable schools available, including private and international institutions. Schools offering the International Baccalaureate are common, as well as others adhering to their respective countries’ home curricula. Faith-based institutions are also present, as well as those who focus on Montessori and Waldorf teachings.

Known as a bastion of musical and cultural history, culture vultures will not be disappointed. Witnessing the birth of both Motown and techno, it has a great number of live music spots and big artists never miss a chance to visit. Many museums in Detroit are found in the Cultural Centre Historic District, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Motown Historical Museum, the Henry Ford Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Perhaps the most poignant may be the stunning Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.