The Detroit Region is the fastest-growing design hub in the U.S. 

With top engineers, an ever-growing dynamic design community, and revolutionary technology, the Detroit Region is where inventive minds thrive. From concept to consumer, the Detroit Region offers convenient access to the complete talent vertical necessary for creating and delivering groundbreaking innovation.

Detroit is the first and only U.S. city to be designated a UNESCO City of Design, an honor that recognizes the region’s history and commitment to supporting creativity. And the Detroit Region is the third largest and the fastest-growing design hub in the U.S., with more projected job growth than New York or Los Angeles.

In addition to the second largest concentration of engineering talent, the region also boasts the highest number of industrial and commercial designers in the United States. This talent combined with billions in private and university R&D makes the Detroit Region an ideal location for innovative companies. Each year, the University Research Corridor and the private sector invest a combined $21 billion in new research to revolutionize the industry.

From design concept to finished product, the Detroit Region has the talent and resources to bring your new ideas to life.

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The Detroit Region is the third largest design hub in the United States, only behind New York City and Los Angeles. However, our region’s high-quality talent is significantly more affordable, costing an average of 30% less than our coastal peers. 

2019 Research, Engineering & Design Facts






State for Business R&D Performance in the U.S.


Fastest-Growing Design Hub

Faster than Los Angeles and New York City


Annual Engineering Graduates

Within a 5-Hour Drive


In Concentration of Design Occupations

Among the Top 10 Markets

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Key Companies


Altair Engineering

Altran Technologies



Design Fabrications D|Fab

Detroit Center for Innovation


Formel D

Ghafari Associates

Harley Ellis Devereaux

Interior Environments


NSF International


Quest Diagnostics



SRI International



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