Aug 7, 2013, 12:56 PM
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I didn’t attend U of M’s MFA program, but I grew up in Michigan. I’d be surprised if there were many U of M students commuting to the Detroit area to work. It is less than an hour away—I think about 45 mins, depending on where in the “Detroit area” we are talking about—but to many folks in Michigan that is a crazy long commute (sadly that is not so where I live now). But maybe I'm wrong or this has changed and some current/recent U of M students can jump in here and tell you that.
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As we know from the news, things in the city of Detroit are tough. Unemployment is high and in many communities hopes are low. There are, however, suburbs where that is not the case. I guess you need to know what kind of job you want. I’m sure there are many opportunities in Ann Arbor if what you want is a part-time job of the type many in my MFA program held (bookstore, barista, server, bartender, tutor, etc.). If you have an established career, and need to make a certain amount of money to support a family or something like that, job opportunities are going to vary depending not only on place (Ann Arbor vs. city of Detroit v. well-to-do suburb like Birmingham) but on job type. Although there are unemployment problems in Detroit, there are also opportunities for individuals with certain skills.
Ann Arbor is a wonderful place to live. The Detroit area can be as well; my sister lived there for years—all the way through med school and her residency and I think she loved it. Bottom line is that opportunities in that part of Michigan are going to vary by job type. Good luck to you. Michigan is a beautiful place.
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