5 Reasons Why You Should Move to Detroit (And 5 Things To Know Before Doing It)

By:Teach 313 | March 13, 2020

From it’s people to its food and everything in between, there are so many reasons to love Detroit, especially as a teacher. In addition to a rewarding in-classroom experience, Detroit is filled with opportunities to meet new people, have new experiences and enjoy life. 

Here are five of our favorite reasons why you should make the move to Detroit and five things you should know before doing it!

Coneys. Coneys Everywhere. 

Chili. Mustard. Onions. 

It doesn’t get much simpler, or more delicious, than this combination. Pile it all on a hot dog placed within a freshly steamed bun and you have yourself an edible masterpiece. 

While the coney is a staple in Detroit’s culinary identity, the city’s coney island restaurants serve much more than these chili slathered dogs. Searching for a jumbo-sized farmers omlete at 3pm? Coney Island is the answer. Have a craving for grilled chicken pita and 3am? Go to a coney. In need of an organic kale and chickpea salad with kombucha to drink? Coney is probably not the best choice but any and everything else you can imagine appears on the menu of a respectable Detroit coney island restaurant, and if it’s not there, chances are they’ll be willing to make it just for you.

What you should know: Coneys can often be a source of debate among Detroiters. Everyone has their favorite spot and will defend it passionately (Don’t even get me started on the Lafayette vs. American war). While a coney on every corner may seem overwhelming, think of the possibilities! Try a few, pick your favorite and bask in the chili-cheese covered glory of the finest comfort food the city has to offer. 

A Small Town in a Big City

Moving to a new place, especially a large city, seems like it will require a big social investment. How will you meet new people, get connected to the community and develop your networks? While these are all real aspects to consider, Detroit has a unique way of making itself feel small, in a good way. After attending a few events, especially within the education community, you’ll find that you see familiar and welcoming faces. This sense of a “small town in a big city” can really help you build your own community within a community and make all of Detroit’s 142.9 square miles feel like home.

What you should know: Don’t be afraid to get out and explore the many events and opportunities happening in and around the city. After are that you will see someone you recognize, make a new friend, or both! 

We’re International With It

Living in Detroit is like having the world within a 15 to 20-minute drive. The city, and its adjacent suburbs, is home to a wide range of communities, each with its own cultures and customs. In one day, a Detroiter could start their day with fresh polish baked goods in Hamtramck, then do some grocery shopping in Southwest Detroit before grabbing some authentic middle eastern cuisine in Dearborn and end the day with some live jazz and soul food on the westside. And that’s just the start of it! With so many cultures and communities, there is always something new to experience. 

What you should know: Detroit also lies on an international with our friendly Canadian neighbors. That’s right! An entirely different country is right in your backyard. Detroit is also located in one of the most beautiful states in the US. From pristine beaches on the west side of the state to the call of nature in the upper peninsula, you can find it all here.  

Do you love art? So do we! 

US News recently named Detroit as one of their top 10 underrated cities for art lovers and it does not take long to realize why. From the incredible street art and murals found throughout the city to the world-renowned collection at the Detroit Institute of Art, there is something for everyone’s taste and style. The best part about Detroit’s art is that much of it can be viewed for free. Admission to the DIA is $0.00 for residents of Wayne country (where Detroit is located) and Detroit teachers can even arrange for free field trips for their classes.

What you should know:  If street art is more your thing, hop in a car, bike or scooter and check out some of the amazing murals and sculptures from artists like Charles McGee, Sydney James, Sheefy McFly, Tony WHLGN, Tiff Massey, Tyree Guyton and more. These breathtaking pieces are located throughout the city and are available for viewing 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

We Appreciate Our Teachers

No one understands Detroit quite like our teachers. Day-in and day-out, they are the ones who shape the minds of our city’s future leaders and prepare them for the world ahead. With this said, Detroit recognizes the crucial role our teachers play in the lives of our youth and the overall future of the city. This appreciation is at the heart of Teach 313’s mission to make Detroit the best city in the country for educators and is what motivates dozens of local businesses to be part of its teacher discount and incentives program. As a result of businesses’ support, Detroit teachers can receive everything from a discount on their morning coffee to $1,500 in savings on a mortgage. 

What you should know: Teach 313’s discount and incentives program is only a portion of the benefits offered to Detroit teachers through the initiative. Professional development opportunities, a year-long fellowship program and more are all awaiting you here in Detroit through Teach 313!

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