The majority of people in the US would laugh if they understood what I meant when I say I live in a city. While I DO live in the biggest city in the UP, the population is only around 21,000 people. QUITE laughable to call a place this small a city. But when you realize that the town I grew up in only had 900 or so people, this place is BIG to me.
As far as amenities that you might find in a bigger city, this one does quite well for itself. It has small, but very pleasant museums: history, maritime, children's. We have some art galleries and theaters. Our hospital is one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the US and is a regional medical center. It is also the region's Level II Trauma Center. We are a great area for tourists: anyone who loves the outdoors will find something to do all year long. Our university offers many fields of study and has--at times--a top-rated hockey team. We have a rich history, wonderful scenery, and much to offer. CBS Money Watch also named this city as one of the 10 best places to retire in the US. This city might be small, but it certainly is mighty! And I enjoy living here.