The population of my Michigan home is a mere 2,500+. That's less people than I served as director of the library in Sunderland, MA, a decidedly small town. But Pleasant Ridge is a city, a proud city, with a really good community pool. Pleasant Ridge is also right next to Royal Oak, which reminds me of Northampton, MA, but smaller. There are art galleries and cafes, bookstores (ok, a B&N) and restaurants. Theaters, lofts, salons, and groovy clothing stores. And a really great chocolate store, Gayles, (which I can't go to anymore, as they don't seem to be have gluten-free offerings....yet...) During good weather the sidewalks are packed in the evenings, with outdoor diners, people watchers, dog walkers. It's fun and festive.
If I wanted to go see lions tomorrow, I could. The Detroit Zoo is really close to my house, as in walking distance. As in it would make more sense to walk rather than drive and park. So that's good too.