Need a change of scenery? Relocating to Michigan could be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.
- It has well respected public universities
- It’s home to some fantastic lakes
- It’s got gorgeous beaches
- There’s a thriving craft beer scene
- There are plenty of farmers’ markets
- The job market’s good
- The housing market is diverse
If you are thinking of going back to school, you may want to consider the University of Michigan, one of the most esteemed public universities in the United States. Michigan State University is another well-respected school, as are plenty of other regional universities in Michigan. Residency qualifies you and your children for lower-priced, in-state tuition at the prestigious University of Michigan, as well as at other public universities in Michigan, helping you cut back on costs and giving you access to a first-rate education.
Michigan is known as the Great Lakes state because it borders on four of the five Great Lakes, but there are over 26,000 inland lakes larger than an acre in the state, as well. So if you come to Michigan, you’ll have the chance to enjoy an array of water-based activities, including boating, fishing, and swimming. If you’ve always wanted to buy a boat, then living in Michigan is for you.
Michigan has some excellent beaches – explore the shores of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Lake Huron, as well as some of the smaller lakes in the state to enjoy some sandy beaches. Sit on the sand, go beachcombing, or go on a leisurely stroll to enjoy stunning views of the water and extraordinary sunsets. Some of the best beaches include Sleeping Bear Point Beach, on beautiful Lake Michigan, and Twelve mile Beach, set amid the stunning Pictured Rock son the banks of Lake Superior. For an urban beach, head to Belle Isle, where there’s plenty to see and do on this popular island, just a short drive from downtown Detroit’s Riverwalk on the banks of the Detroit River.
Some of the most acclaimed craft beers in the country come from Michigan, and the craft beer scene is exciting. The Beer City Ale Trail in southwestern Michigan’s Grand Rapids boasts over 40 breweries, distilleries, cideries, and meaderies. Grand Rapids is also home to Founder’s Brewing Company. Detroit is also home to a number of respected breweries, including Eastern Market Brewing Company and Brew Detroit, and it’s where Stroh’s was founded, as well. In nearby St. Clair Shores, try Baffin Brewing Company. Immerse yourself in the scene and enjoy the finest craft beers Michigan has to offer. Not in the area? Look for a Bell’s Two Hearted Ale or Blake’s Hard Cider, both available outside Michigan to enjoy.
If you enjoy eating fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, then you’ll enjoy living in Michigan. With farm country not too far away, residents have the privilege of having access to many local farmers’ markets. These include the iconic Eastern Market in downtown Detroit, and the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market, which are open year-round, as well as seasonal markets in Birmingham and Troy.
Michigan, especially Detroit, may have been hit hard by the 2008 financial crisis, but it has recovered nicely and has attracted more businesses outside the auto industry. Besides transportation-related companies, the University of Michigan and various firms in the health and financial industry are Southeastern Michigan’s largest employers. Tourism has also given the local economy a boost – 119 million visitors came to Michigan in 2016 alone and spent a total of $23 billion.
Many homes in Michigan were constructed in the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s, but buyers will also find plenty of new construction. There’s a wide range of single-family homes in the state, most of which have three to four bedrooms. Luxury homes can have as many as five or more bedrooms, offering more than enough space for a growing family. Some of the most coveted homes are situated by gleaming lakes and offer breathtaking views of the water.