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How Michigan Compares...
The state of Michigan continues to be a prime state for entrepreneurs, growing businesses, and families young and old. See how the great lakes state competes with neighboring states and beyond.
From our strengths in technology and innovation to a business-friendly environment and the Pure Michigan quality of life, Michigan has what it takes to build a championship economy.
Michigan Wins 2021 Manufacturing Gold Shovel Award
Area Development’s Annual Gold & Silver Shovel Awards recognize state economic development agencies that drive significant job creation through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, processes, and promotions that attract new employers and investments in new and expanded facilities.Read More
In addition to 2021’s Golden Shovel Award for manufacturing, Michigan has received Area Development’s Silver Shovel Award (8-12 million population) for the last five years running.
Michigan Means Success
From startup to scale up, Michigan's talent and culture of innovation have created an environment where companies can grow and thrive.
Quality of Life
Michigan Ranks as Top State for Business and Travel
Six Michigan Cities Recognized in Top 100 Best Places to Live
Petoskey ranked as one of “Best Small Towns in the Midwest”
Ann Arbor #6 for Best Places to live in the U.S.
Traverse City Ranked in Top Places to Visit in 2022
Grand Rapids #1 Best Place to Raise a Family
Kalamazoo #1 Coolest City in the U.S. with the Lowest Cost of Living
Grand Rapids #2 in Top 10 Remote Ready Cities in the U.S.