Live, Work & Play

With a thriving, diverse economy, a strikingly beautiful landscape, and a variety of cultural attractions, Michigan stands out among other states as one of the best places to live, work and play.

With a variety of small, mid and metropolitan communities that rank among the top in the country, Michigan’s cost of living is lower than any other state or metropolitan area in the Midwest. In fact, Michigan’s largest city — Detroit — was rated by Forbes as the number one city in America where your paycheck will go the furthest.

Furthermore, the state’s simple 6% corporate income tax has created one of the best environments for small business and start-up companies to grow and expand. Not surprisingly, Holland, located on the state’s Westside, was recently ranked the best small city in America to start a business.

And Michigan isn't just a great place to do business; it's about a lifestyle that offers everything from urban excitement to the great outdoors.

The state’s two peninsulas are surrounded by four Great Lakes which add up to more miles of freshwater shoreline than any other state. Michigan also leads the country in ski areas and golf courses, and has more than 1,300 miles of scenic trails great for hiking, camping and sightseeing. After a long day of adventure, you’ll be happy to know the state is also home to more than 100 wineries and is one of the top 10 best craft beer states in the U.S. 

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