Michigan, the state of 11,000 inland lakes and 3,000 miles of freshwater shorelines, has some of the best places to live. With millions of acres of forests, trails, and recreational areas, there is truly something out there for everyone.
With plenty of well-paying jobs available on the Michigan market, the state is the 13th largest in GDP. At the same time, it has the lowest cost of living in the Midwest, making it appealing to families of any size. Time to take a look at the list.
The home of the University of Michigan, the 4th best public University in the U.S., Ann Arbor is an area of low crime, progressive culture, plenty of outdoor music, and so much more. It is the home of the 130-mile Huron River, which means there is something out there for everyone.
Families love the area for its top-notch schools and beautiful neighborhoods. Ann Arbor has a reasonable cost of living making it that much more attractive.
A much smaller city than Ann Arbor, Okemos came in at the 4th best place to live in America in 2017. The city’s housing market is very cost-effective and, on top of the availability of the best schools in the area, makes it very appealing to families. Sporting free parks, a nature center, and hiking trails, Okemos is conveniently located close to farms where you can purchase fresh produce.
A suburb of Kent County, East Grand Rapids, is smaller than Okemos by half, giving it a more small-town feel. Though it might be small, that does not mean there aren’t plenty of opportunities. The city is an inviting place to live with its low crime rate, excellent schools, and a high-paying job market.
Birmingham is a suburb of Detroit and is an ideal place to raise the kids. With five public schools, students score 21% higher than the national average on all test scores. The median household income is into the six-figure range, and three-quarters of the residents have a college education.
Beverly Hills, Michigan, cannot forget when it comes to a list of best places to live in the state. A small town of a little over 10,000 residents, it has a more small-town feel and charm. There are plenty of restaurants and stores in the area, whether you want to go out during the day or prefer the nightlife.
Novi is the last one on the list of best places to live in Michigan. A larger suburb with over 50,000 residents, it is between Ann Arbor and Detroit, a perfect spot for a suburban feel with some urban convenience. Novi has some of the highest rankings in education and income, not to mention safety. As one of the fastest-growing cities in Michigan, it has a stable up and coming job market, attracting quite a bit of employer.
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