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Why North Coast?
The North Coast of Michigan is nestled between Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Being surrounded by water creates the perfect climate for growth, both for agriculture and for businesses across a mix of different industries. But there is more to northern Michigan than orchards, shorelines and world-class golf courses.
Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the U.S.
Michigan’s skilled trades workforce is over 250,000-strong, the 8th largest in the nation.
Site Selection magazine ranks Michigan as a top 10 state nation-wide (third in the Midwest) for business competitiveness.
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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.
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.
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 North Coast: A Focus on the Upper Peninsula
Throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula you'll find ample opportunity for business growth, a world-class workforce, and a quality of life you won't find anywhere else.
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.
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