Michigan is one of the most interesting states to live in, given that, within its nearly 97,000 square miles, you can find a wealth of museums, beautiful areas, and geographical marvels that most other states cannot claim for themselves. From the coastlines to the housing prices to the expansive areas of hunting land, Michigan is a large collection of pretty much everything you could want.

Let’s now get into the 10 perks of living in Michigan. You never know: maybe after reading through these, you will finally make that big move to the state yourself.

1. Coastlines

Michigan has the second-longest coastline (and the longest freshwater coastline) in the United States. Its 3,288 miles of coast are derived from the state’s position alongside four of the five Great Lakes in the Upper Midwest. Those are Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie. The reason for Michigan’s extensive coastlines, of course, is that the state consists of two peninsulas that jut right out into the lakes. In fact, you could be literally anywhere in Michigan and not be more than 85 miles from a Great Lake. And Michigan citizens definitely take advantage of their unique position by frequently visiting and photographing the scenic coastal areas of the state, including the beaches!

2. Beaches

Our logical next perk on this list covers the beaches of Michigan. It’s nice that the state is located nowhere near an ocean and yet has thousands of miles of beaches available to visit year-round. One Lake Michigan beach you might enjoy is Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which features sandy white beaches and ample opportunities for swimming. You can also walk the trails nearby and visit South Manitou Island to check out the lighthouse there.

Another option is to head east to East Tawas on Lake Huron to check out Tawas Point State Park. You walk the sandy beaches, swim out in the designated area of water, and tour the local lighthouse. Tawas Point is such a popular beach spot that it is also known as the Cape Cod of the Midwest.

3. Housing Costs

From the early 2000s to the early 2010s, many people left Michigan for other states. This left a ton of affordable housing on the market. In the mid-2010s, the state saw an uptick in population, meaning all the new residents were able to take advantage of that moderately priced housing. In 2017, the median home value was around $138,000. This makes Michigan an attractive place to move to, for sure.

4. Sports

Michigan citizens have access to a ton of college and professional sports teams, and Michiganders absolutely love it. On the professional level in Detroit alone, you get the Lions football team, the Tigers baseball team, the Pistons basketball team, and the Red Wings ice hockey team, among various other teams in those particular sports. For college, the primary go-to franchise is the Michigan Wolverines, based at the University of Michigan. The Wolverines’ iterations include baseball, football, and basketball teams.

5. Nightlife

We said Michigan was a diverse state with a ton of geographical differences. Once in a while, however, it’s important to head into a city and spend some time with friends and family. Detroit, which has seen a revitalization in recent years, has plenty to do at night. The MGM Grand Detroit is a hotel and casino resort with enough slots and table games to satisfy the most fanatical gamblers. If dancing is more your thing, head to Bleu Detroit, a trendy nightclub and bar where you can enjoy a DJ spinning electronic music and hip-hop. Or, if you’re in Grand Rapids, Stella’s Lounge is definitely worth a trip. Its graffitied walls, arcade, stuffed burgers, and extensive whiskey offerings make Stella’s a nightlife standout in western Michigan.

6. Mackinac Island

In Lake Huron, between Michigan’s two peninsulas, lies Mackinac Island. This popular tourist spot meets the exact definition of “quaint.” No cars are allowed on the island, meaning you probably will want a bicycle or horse-drawn carriage to get around. The island is absolutely stunning to look at, with the blue waters of the lake, the rocks, and the trees all forming an image of exclusive beauty. More than 80 percent of Mackinac Island is part of Mackinac Island State Park, which conveys to you the importance that Michiganders feel about preserving the island’s natural areas. You will definitely want to hike through some of Mackinac’s 70 miles of trails. And, of course, don’t forget to stop into the island’s fudge shops to take home some famously delicious chocolate fudge.

7. Hunting

With its ample wilderness hunting areas–10 million acres of public hunting land, to be more precise–it’s no wonder Michigan is so popular among hunters. The state is well known for its whitetail deer, elk, bear, waterfowl, turkey, and grouse. The state features numerous hunting seasons throughout a given calendar year, making Michigan an absolute dream for hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. Some people might be so integrated into the outdoorsman lifestyle that they wish to purchase actual hunting land for themselves, for sport and as an investment. There are some good, experienced brokers out there that can find you the perfect whitetail ranch for sale.

8. Farming

Since we’re on the subject of the great outdoors in Michigan, we should also mention the enormous opportunity for farming in the state. Its crops include cherries, blueberries, cucumbers, cereals, and beans, but the state’s most lucrative farming market is livestock, with a $5.13 billion economic boon to the state. With almost 48,000 farms throughout the state, Michigan is an excellent place to get started on a farming career if you are looking to turn your career in that direction. And it isn’t hard to locate some good small farms in Michigan, either, as there are brokers whose sole purpose is to link up buyers with the plots of land most suitable to their economic interests.

9. Privacy

If buying hunting or farming land is something you are interested in as an economic focus, also keep in mind the privacy you would enjoy by living and working on such land. These plots are located, if not quite in the wilderness, in rural areas where there is little traffic or other types of intrusions. You can go about your business and your livelihood without really having to worry about nosey neighbors or solicitors stopping by.

10. Museums

Michigan is a state with a lot of history, both in industry and government. Lovers of the state’s ties to technology and innovation should check out the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn. It showcases the history of the car, the work of Thomas Edison, and other examples of American technological advancement. Meanwhile, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor features fascinating exhibits of prehistoric fossils, biodiversity, and outer space. Residents of Michigan have much closer access to these museums and the multitude of others scattered throughout the state.

There is a ton of perks of living in Michigan, as you can see. Some of these might stand out in your mind more strongly than others. However, if it’s Michigan hunting and farming land you’re after, contact Michigan Whitetail Properties at (517) 398-0004, or use our online contact form. Get in touch with us to check out these rural lands for sale across Michigan, and unlock the door to your future.