Believe it or not, there are a few people out there who actually think Detroit is a great place to live. I’m not talking about the metro area, but the actual city of Detroit itself… crazy, right? They tell me what a great history the city has, and how it’s got lots of culture and life… that may be, I don’t argue that. Heck, every major city on the planet his it’s own culture and way of life, that’s how big cities work. But, I can tell you what most major cities in America DON’T have:
80,000 abandoned buildings
75 out of Detroit’s 135 square miles are abandoned, and area larger than the entire city of Vancouver
1 in 47 are homeless
Median home price is $6,000
Unemployment is officially 29%, but is estimated at near 50%
Unsolved murder rate 70%
Lowest high school graduation rate in he country, only 21%
Are these the kind of things that define a great city? Would you want to raise your family in this type of environment? Of course not. That’s why everyone who can afford to do so is leaving the city and not looking back. And don’t blame this on jobs, there were plenty of jobs available in the 60’s during the riots. People didn’t flee Detroit in record numbers because they didn’t have a job, they left because they no longer felt safe.
FYI, I am not going to bother listing the sources of this information… a simple google search on any of the above FACTS will provide all the proof you need. Feel free to post your crazy Detroit statistics as a comment and I will add them to this post, as there are undoubtedly tons more.