10+ Reasons to Move to Michigan
Are you considering a move to Michigan?
Michigan, or “The Wolverine State” as some like to call it, is a wonderful place to call home. Though in recent years, Michigan has experienced a trend of increasing outward migration, there are still thousands of people each year who decide to relocate to Michigan. According to recent data, most people who move to Michigan are from the following states (ranked in order of greatest outward migration to Michigan):
Michigan is a state full of exciting new opportunities in the realm of education, sports, business and more. Here are 10+ reasons why you should consider a move to Michigan.
SO, HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD YOU MOVE TO MICHIGAN:
It’s no secret that the University of Michigan is one of the best universities in the United States. UMich is home to some of the best business, medicine and engineering programs in the world. And, when you are a resident of Michigan, you get to pay in-state tuition. Other excellent public universities within the state of Michigan include Michigan State and Michigan Tech.
GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE
Michigan is ranked highly in terms of quality of life. According to a recent survey by WalletHub, Michigan was ranked 14th in terms of quality of life and 30th overall in their list of Best States to Live in. WalletHub indicates how they measure Quality of Life which takes into account: air quality, cultural resources (restaurants, theaters), average commute time, public transportation and infrastructure.
Michigan is a great state to live in when it comes to public safety and crime. Michigan has one of the lowest property crime rates in the country. Property crime refers to burglary, larceny, theft and arson. Though there is violent crime in Michigan, the violent crime is concentrated in certain urban areas. Crime and safety is often correlated to unemployment rates (which is low in Michigan) and urbanization (which is also lower in Michigan)
Despite the good quality of life in Michigan, the cost of living is 10% lower than the nationwide average. Michigan is an affordable state with below average real estate prices. The median price for a home in Michigan is $418,000, while the median price for rent in Michigan is $748 for a two bedroom apartment.
EXPERIENCE ALL FOUR SEASONS WHEN YOU MOVE TO MICHIGAN
Michigan is a state where you can enjoy all four seasons in their entirety. Though Michigan can get quite cold in the winter, there is plenty to do year round. In the summer, Michigangers can go swimming and take part in numerous lakefront activities. In the fall, Michigan residents can go hiking amongst the foliage and, in the winter, there are plenty of ski resorts available to enjoy.
Michigan is home to the 5 great lakes: Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. Michiganders can enjoy all kinds of unbeatable natural beauty. In Michigan, you can swim, kayak, fish, go cliff diving, visit waterfalls and enjoy all kinds of water sports. You can also hike and go camping as well as enjoy going Mushroom Foraging in the woods.
SPORTS CULTURE (GO WOLVERINES!)
Michigan is home to an exciting and robust athletic tradition with plenty of teams to root for! In addition to the big college football scene, Michiganders can cheer on the many MLB, NBA, NHL teams of their state.
The job opportunities in Michigan range in industries like Healthcare, Engineering, Manufacturing, Service and Tech. Michigan is home to a number of automobile manufacturing plants including Ford, General Motors and Stellantis which makes cars like Chrysler, Fiat, RAM and Dodge.
SMALL TOWN, SUBURBAN & URBAN CENTERS
Michigan has a lower urbanization rate (74%) than the U.S average (80%), which means that a decent portion of people in Michigan live outside urban areas. In fact, almost 20% of Michigan residents live in rural areas. However, there are lively urban and suburban areas in Michigan including Grand Rapids and Lansing. Detroit is the biggest city in Michigan with a population 672,000. Outside the Detroit area, there are a few upscale suburbs like Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor, Troy and Rochester.
ART, CULTURE & MUSIC
Michigan is home to many renowned cultural and historical institutions including the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Frederik Meijer Sculpture Gardens and the Grand Rapids Public Museum. In Detroit, you can see some of the most famous Diego Rivera murals. As the iconic birthplace of many music genres like Techno, Soul, MoTown and Rock, Detroit is also home to a vibrant music scene.
ENJOY MICHIGAN’S UNIQUE FOOD CULTURE
Detroit-style Pizza is some of the best deep dish pizza in the country. Michigan is also known for their Coney hot dogs which are topped with chili and their famous Meat Pasty (hand pies similar to British pies). Moreover, be sure to try some fish and chips which they make using freshwater fish from Lake Michigan. There is also an excellent craft beer culture that you can enjoy in Michigan!