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Why Michigan

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Living in Michigan

  • Natural Beauty

    Michigan isn't just a great place to do business; it's about a lifestyle that offers everything from urban excitement to the great outdoors. The state’s two peninsulas are surrounded by four Great Lakes, with over 3,000 miles of freshwater shoreline — more than any other state. It's no wonder millions of people make Michigan their vacation destination.

    Michigan also has 11,000 inland lakes, over 19 million acres of forest and award winning destinations like the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Mackinac Island.

    Year-round Activities

    It doesn't matter what the season; there are hundreds of activities to keep you busy all year round. Whether it's rooting for one of Michigan's major league teams like the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Lions or Detroit Red Wings, or participating in a sport yourself, there’s always something to do.

    Michigan leads the country in ski areas and golf courses. Like hiking? The state has 1,300 miles of scenic trails. And our world-class fishing will have you hooked.

    The state is home to over 100 wineries and is one of the top 10 best craft beer states in the U.S. In 2013, Grand Rapids was voted Beer City U.S.A.

    Explore one of the state's 99 parks and recreation areas. And hunt on the almost 10 million acres of public land.

    A Rich Tradition of the Arts

    From Marquette to Monroe, Michigan boasts some of the country’s most important cultural institutions. The Detroit Institute of Arts houses one of the finest collections of art and antiquities in North America. Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is a must-see stop for fans of horticulture and outdoor sculpture. Other noteworthy attractions include Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford Museum, and the Motown Museum.

    The state also offers places to study music and art, such as northern Michigan’s Interlochen Center for the Arts and the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

    Affordable Living

    Michigan’s cost of living is lower than that of any other state or metropolitan area in the Midwest. For the past 10 years, Metro Detroit’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) has been below the national average.

    Here are some city-to-city comparisons

    Housing is 413% more expensive in San Jose than Grand Rapids. Overall, living in San Jose is 94% more expensive than Grand Rapids.

    Housing is 383% more expensive in Boston than Lansing. Overall, living in Boston is 76% more expensive than Lansing.

    Housing is 366% more expensive in Chicago than Kalamazoo. Overall, living in Chicago is 65% more expensive than Kalamazoo.

    Excellence in Education

    Michigan's excellent educational system continually produces students that are ready to take on the world.

    Not only does Michigan have a strong K-12 system, it's home to 119 universities and colleges and 308 vocational and technical schools. Numerous public high schools across the state land on "best of" lists each year.

    Nearly 6,000 MBAs were awarded by Michigan colleges and universities in 2009. Nearly 1,500 Ph.D.s are granted every year, almost twice the national average. Furthermore, Michigan ranks third in the number of engineering degrees annually — more than 6,500.