Southeast Michigan

Southeast Michigan is full of opportunity as well as an array of world-class dining, unique shopping, sporting events and cultural opportunities. Explore and learn more about what this region has to offer via the tabs below.

Region 9 information



  • What’s it like to live in Southeast Michigan?

    Home to the University of Michigan and one of the world’s most highly educated workforces, Southeast Michigan is vibrant and full of opportunity.


    • The University of Michigan was named the 4th best public university in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
    • Hillsdale College is known for being the first American college to prohibit in its charter all discrimination based on race, religion, or sex, and for its refusal to accept government funding.
    • Eastern Michigan University’s exceptional faculty, students and alumni include CEOs from major businesses, a National Student Teacher of the Year, National Teacher of the Year, numerous Fulbright Scholars, Milken Family Foundation National Educators award winners, and several Michigan Teachers of the Year.

    Interesting Facts

  • Where do people work in Southeast Michigan?

    Southeast Michigan offers plenty of opportunities in a wide variety of occupations.

    Top employers

    • Regents of The University of Michigan
    • Ford Motor Company
    • State of Michigan
    • Government of The United States
    • Public Schools of City Ann Arbor
    • Beacon Hill Preservation Limited Dividend Housing Association Limited Partnership
    • Meijer Companies, Ltd.
    • Henry Ford Allegiance Health Group
    • W. A. Foote Memorial Hospital
    • Eastern Michigan University

    Top industries

    • State Government
    • Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
    • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
    • Utilities
    • Machinery Manufacturing

    Top industry Earners

    • Utilities at $156,987
    • Other Information Services at $130,384

    Top Industries for Job Growth

    • Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
    • Other Information Services

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  • What do people do for fun in Southeast Michigan?

    Southeast Michigan offers a wide variety of opportunities and experiences for those looking to get out and explore.

    Places to see, things to do 

    • Hidden Lake Gardens is a paradise in a park, and a must-see.
    • Kensington Metro Park boasts more than 1,200 acres of water for canoeing and swimming, hiking trails, a disc golf course, a nature center, and a challenging public golf course.The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest fills the sky with hot-air balloons piloted by those competing for the state championship.
    • Lost Nations is a state game area on 2,500 acres with portions open to public hunting.
    • Swimming, sailing, walleye fishing and breathtaking sunsets make Lake Erie one of the top destinations for tourists and locals.
    • Experience the adventure of downhill skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Brighton on hills as steep as a 250-foot vertical drop or as tame as a bunny hill.


    • The original site of Michigan’s first state prison, the Armory Arts Village, meets both the living and workspace needs of emerging artists, musicians, designers, craftsmen and other creative people.
    • The River Raisin Jazz Festival features world-class jazz artists like Kenny G, David Sanborn, Chuck Mangione, Ray Parker Jr., Spyro Gyra, Alexander Zonjic and more.
    • The region offers an array of street festivals and outdoor fairs, including the award-winning Ann Arbor Art Fair that attracts over 500,000 visitors.
    • Considered one of the top music clubs in the world, The Ark is renowned for the quality and breadth of its programming in the wide-ranging genres of folk and roots music.

Learn more about the Southeast Michigan and what it’s like to live, work and play in the area.  Also, visit our Resources page for State of Michigan Prosperity Region 9 Field Team contacts.