Living in Michigan

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.

Welcome to Michigan. With thousands of miles of freshwater coastline, the Great Lakes State is your destination for outdoor recreation.

Natural Beauty

Few other states offer the geographical diversity and range of outdoor activities for people seeking an active, adventurous lifestyle. The state’s two peninsulas are surrounded by four Great Lakes, boasting more shoreline than California. It's no wonder millions of people make Michigan their vacation destination.

Year-Round Activities

Few other states offer the geographical diversity and range of outdoor activities for people seeking an active, adventurous lifestyle. The state’s two peninsulas are surrounded by four Great Lakes, with over 3,000 miles of freshwater shoreline. It's no wonder millions of people make Michigan their vacation destination.

Michigan leads the country in ski areas and golf courses. Enjoy hiking? The state has 1,300 miles of scenic trails, and our world-class fishing will have you hooked. Explore one of the 103 state parks and recreation areas, hunt on almost 10 million acres of public land, or visit one of America’s gems—Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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

It doesn't matter what season it is, there are hundreds of activities to keep you busy all year long. From enjoying the states natural beauty, spending a night on the town in one of Michigan’s great cities, or rooting for one of Michigan's major league teams like the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Lions, or Detroit Red Wings, there’s always something to do in Pure Michigan.

Affordable Cost of Living

Along with a variety of other amenities, Michigan continues to offer a low cost of living compared to other U.S. states. In fact, CNBC named Michigan among the top three states for lowest cost of living in 2017 and Forbes recently rated Detroit as the No. 1 city in America where your paycheck goes further. To compare Detroit's cost of living — including housing and transportation costs — to other major cities, view the document to the right. 

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Compare Detroit's cost of living to other major U.S. cities

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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, 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. Don't forget about West-Michigan's international art phenomenon, ArtPrize®, a widely popular, sprawling art exhibit that’s redefining the public celebration of the visual arts.

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 is home to nearly 123,000 engineers — the most in the nation — and ranks first for its intensity of engineers and its engineering growth over the past five years.