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Benefits of Living in Michigan
Although the distinctive, mitten-shaped state is known as the Great Lakes State, outsiders don't realize the extent of its waterways and beaches. Michigan has more than 3,000 miles of fresh water coast line, second only to Alaska.
Within just a short driving distance from the manufacturing centers of the Detroit area, you'll find culture, higher education, art, and burgeoning brewing and wine industries. A little further out toward central Michigan are the friendly small towns and farms that feed the state. The northern areas are home to thousands of acres of woods and wild life. When it comes to education, you'll find award-winning cities like Farmington and world-famous universities like U of M.
This diversity of industry and landscapes also provide many employment opportunities in a range of industries. The largest employer by far is in the automotive sector, but you'll find careers in education, tourism, and agriculture available throughout the state.
The weather is unpredictable. It can snow six inches one day and be sunny the next. Nature lovers will enjoy plenty of fall foliage, which peaks in October. If you're a fan of winter sports, ice hockey and snowmobiling are ways of life. Speaking of winter, the town of Frankenmuth really shines with Bavarian-tinged holiday splendor. In the spring and summer months, must-see sights for visitors and residents alike are the cherry trees of Traverse City or the Upper Peninsula area of Mackinac Island, where cars have been prohibited since the 1890s and cyclers rule.
Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the action from Big 10 college teams as well as professional hockey, basketball, baseball, and football.
History buffs won't feel left out in Michigan, either. The state was an important part of the northern trading industry, and it's right on the Canadian border. You can stand on the banks of the Detroit River or almost any of the Great Lakes' cities and practically wave at people in the great white north across the way. Kids will love to visit the Cranbrook Institutes of Science and Art, Greenfield Village - home of everything Thomas Edison - and the Henry Ford Museum. Make sure to visit the Motown Museum after you settle in.
Not quite convinced about your move to Michigan? Here are some other great points in its favor.