Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Affectionately referred to as the U.P., Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is an outdoor-lover's paradise. With just a few urban areas and thousands of miles of untouched landscape, the U.P. is a place to get away from it all. With national parks and pristine shorelines to inland streams and rivers, learn more about how nature plays it own part in living in the Upper Peninsula.
Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Home to a highly eduacted workforce, world-class engineering universities, and an international border with Canada, the U.P. is ready to imagine, engineer, build and deliver your idea to the world.
About a third of workers in the Upper Peninsula work in public-sector jobs as teachers, park rangers and prison guards. Mining, loggin and milling originally employed large percentages of the U.P. population, but much of the economic landscape is shifting to tourism and more innovative industries.
Top 3 Colleges
Northern Michigan University
Michigan Technological University
Lake Superior State University
Top 3 Hopsitals
Marquette General Hospital (Marquette)
War Memorial Hospital (Sault Ste. Marie)
Dickinson County Healthcare (Iron Mountain)
Top 3 Businesses (Private)
Verso Corporation (Escanaba)
CCI Systems, Inc. (Iron Mountain)
Cliff's Natural Resources (Ishpeming)
Forestry and Logging
Forest, Conservation, and Logging
What’s it like to live in the Upper Peninsula?
The Upper Peninsula (U.P.) is a largely rural area highlighted by natural beauty. Sprawling forests, throngs of rivers and lakes, as well as national parks fill the peninsula.
- Read more about the 8 colleges and universities in the U.P., as well as skilled trade centers.
- If you’re a parent wondering about K-12 education, learn about the opportunities for your children.
- Northern Michigan University recently received a grant to boost its effort in extending high-speed educational broadband across the Upper Peninsula.
Cities & Neighborhoods
If you’re looking for a small-town feel with a wide range of natural diversions, the U.P. is the place for you. The region is home to 3 urban areas: Marquette, Escanaba and Sault Ste. Marie. The Marquette area is the largest population center and has become a regional hub for retail, restaurants, education and outdoor recreation.
Where do people work in the Upper Peninsula?
Home to a highly educated workforce, world-class engineering universities, and an international border with Canada, the U.P. is ready to imagine, engineer, build and deliver your idea to the world. Bounded on three sides by Great Lakes, the region offers an environment rich in natural beauty, local history, cultural diversity and economic well being.
About a third of workers in the Upper Peninsula work in public-sector jobs as teachers, park rangers and prison guards. Mining, logging and milling originally employed large percentages of the U.P. population, but much of the economic landscape is shifting to tourism and more innovative industries.
- Cliff’s Natural Resources
- Dickinson Health Care System
- L.E. Jones Company
- Marquette General Hospital/Duke Lifepoint
- Michigan Tech University
- Northern Michigan University
What do people do for fun in the Upper Peninsula?
If you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, the Upper Peninsula is a relaxation haven. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula boasts thousands of acres of unspoiled forests, crystal clear lakes and streams, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure.
Places to see, things to do
- The U.P. is home to almost 200 major named waterfalls, including the gorgeous and roaring Tahquamenon Falls.
- Mackinac Island is the truly “all natural” theme park of America. Limited to transportation of horse and buggy, bicycle or foot, it will transport you back to Victorian times.
- The Upper Peninsula boasts 3 national parks, including the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park where 90 miles of trails lead to waterfalls, mountain views and a breathtaking overlook of Lake of the Clouds.
Events and festivals
- Pine Mountain Music Festival: Held in Hancock every summer, the festival produces professional opera as well as symphony and chamber music.
- Marquette’s Hiawatha Music Festival: Features traditional music including bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk.
- U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race: Marquette’s annual qualifier for the famed Alaska Iditarod race.
- Upper Peninsula State Fair: Held in Escanaba, it’s Michigan’s only state fair
- Sault Ste. Marie’s Annual International 500 Snowmobile Race: The biggest event of its kind in the U.P., it’s known as “NASCAR on Ice.”