Why East Coast

Why East Coast?

Mobility. Engineering. Technology. Education. These are just four major industries that continue to lead the world with innovation, revolutionizing how we will all live in the future. Michigan has always been at the forefront of the new and the next. But there's more to eastern Michigan than globally revered companies and educational institutions.


Total engineers statewide — the highest concentration of engineers in the nation.



Ann Arbor ranked #3 among the nation’s top tech hubs according to Bloomberg’s 2019 Brain Concentration Index.

Top 10

Site Selection magazine ranks Michigan as a top 10 state nation-wide (third in the Midwest) for business competitiveness.

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Susan Proctor

Strategic Initiatives Director

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Thumbs Up for Michigan's East Coast

In Michigan, the sun isn’t the only thing that rises in the east. Companies do too. From Metro Detroit to the Great Lakes Bay, Midland to Monroe, Michigan's East Coast is lined with companies and communities making their mark.

Cost of Living in Michigan

Michigan’s cost of living is 10% below the national average and ranks as the fourth most affordable state in the country.

Washington, DC

Living in Washington, DC is 76% more expensive than living in Michigan. U.S. News & World Report ranked Michigan as the 5th most affordable state in the country for 2019, taking into account overall cost of living and housing affordability.


Living in California will cost you nearly 48% more when compared to living in Michigan. Not to mention Michigan is surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, boasting more freshwater coastline any other state in the nation.

New York

Living in New York is 24% more expensive compared to living in Michigan. Michigan offers award-winning communities, beaches, forests, parks and the most public golf courses in the country.


Living in Illinois is 10% more expensive than living in Michigan, and with everything from urban excitement to the great outdoors, Michigan provides the best of both worlds — including vibrant downtowns, shopping districts and plenty of year-round activities.

Michigan’s East Coast: Where business goes to grow

In Michigan, the sun isn’t the only thing that rises in the east. Companies do, too. With a business-friendly climate, robust talent pipeline, pantheon of innovative entrepreneurs and global recognition of the state's unique manufacturing heritage, Michigan’s East Coast is a natural location for growing business.

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Supply Chain & Infrastructure

Michigan is within 500 miles (800 kilometers) of nearly half the U.S. and Canadian population and commerce centers providing unparalleled access to market.

25% +

of $700+ billion annual trade between the U.S. and Canada crosses the Ambassador Bridge, the most active border crossing in North America.


active deep water ports surround Michigan, also known as the Great Lakes state.


freight railroads with 3,600 miles (5,793 km) of track across Michigan.


commercial airports in Michigan, including Detroit Metropolitan, one of the largest U.S. air hubs in North America