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Michigan talent is high-caliber and high-tech
The people of Michigan are what makes Michigan the best place for business. Hear from some of the state's business leaders as to why.
Quality and Affordable Lifestyle
Michigan is the fourth most affordable state in the country with a cost of living that is 10 percent below the national average. Use the cost of living calculator to learn more.
What Michigan has is what a lot of other places don’t — a chance to live in a great town or a great state and be part of a global development community and also have a great quality of life. I think that’s rare, and that’s exciting.
Award Winning Communities
From bustling downtowns to quaint beachside neighborhoods, Michigan is home to a variety of award-winning communities consistently ranked by top travel and lifestyle publications.
SmartAsset ranks Kalamazoo area #2 in the best places to work in manufacturing
WalletHub ranked Ann Arbor the most educated city in America for 2020.
Condé Nast Traveler named Traverse City as one of the Prettiest Towns in the USA.
Ranked by Livability as the #2 Remote-Ready City in the U.S.
Michigan is where technology, research and innovation pair with a fierce work ethic and legendary innovation. As the state that put the world on wheels more than 100 years ago, today Michigan represents the new guard in the automotive, mobility and semiconductor industries, supported by a robust advanced manufacturing workforce, steady pipeline of STEM graduates and the highest concentration of engineering talent in the nation.
The state is home to nearly one-fifth of U.S. auto production — more than any other state in the nation — and has the greatest concentration of OEMs in the country. Add to that, Michigan’s automotive industry purchased nearly $35 million in products and services from semiconductor companies in Michigan in 2020 alone, building on the state’s leadership in semiconductor R&D and testing.
Did you know Michigan is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes, more than 650 public golf courses and more than 100 public beaches? The state is also home to 1,300 miles of scenic trails, world-class fishing and an international dark sky park.Learn More
Arts and Culture
From Marquette to Monroe, Michigan boasts some of the country’s most important cultural institutions including The Detroit Institute of Arts, Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum and the Motown Museum. Don't forget about West-Michigan's international art phenomenon, ArtPrize as well as numerious artfairs and festivals around the state.Learn More
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 91 colleges and universities and 70 vocational and technical schools that offer certificates. More than 2,000 Ph.D.s are granted every year in the state, almost twice the national average. Furthermore, Michigan is home to more than 175,000 engineers — the highest concentration in the nation.
Additionally, Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) is one of the nation’s top academic research clusters and the leading engine for innovation in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. An alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, the URC is focused on increasing economic prosperity and connecting Michigan to the world.
Michigan is about Opportunity
Top universities like Michigan State draw students and faculty from all over the world with opportunities like Detroit's Apple Developer Academy. In partnership with MSU, the academy is the first U.S.-based developer academy to teach coding, design, entrepreneurship and more.
There is a saying that people who leave Michigan always come back. I think part of that is the culture and the family values. Family is still incredibly important here. It’s very refreshing.