Make the Most of Michigan Living, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

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Make the Most of Michigan Living
This material courtesy of Jacki Erickson

Michigan is truly a state of possibilities. Whether it's wilderness expeditions or life in the city, the state of Michigan offers a taste of it all. Lake surface that covers over 40,000 square miles, earns Michigan the nickname, "Lady of the Lake". A well earned nickname, seeming that excluding Alaska, Michigan has more shoreline than any other state. The lakes offer, seemingly endless, recreation, ranging from walleye fishing on Lake Huron to swimming the Caribbean clear waters of Higgins Lake. To enjoy the water, travelers can stay at over 100 state parks, full to the brim, with nature hikes, ice cream shops, water sports, and nearly every form of outdoor fun imaginable.

Michigan summers support the water based activities; however, the weather in the Wolverine State changes by the hour. Four distinct seasons provide coppery leaves in the Fall, abundant snow in the winter, blooming flowers in the Spring, and hot, sun filled, summer days. Visitors will find events for every season, such as downhill skiing, leaf watching color tours, and kayaking the many rivers and lakes. Average temperature highs and lows are 83 degrees in summer and 14 degrees in winter.

For many residents and visitors, Michigan cities provide all of the action and entertainment that they seek. Downtown Detroit offers culture by day and dazzling action by night. For those seeking the quiet reflection of history, visitors can stop by the Detroit Historical Museum on Woodward Avenue. In the evening the city lights up with exciting clubs, restaurants, and casinos. The new MGM Grand Detroit boasts luxurious rooms, multiple night clubs, and a thriving casino and gaming area. For those who call Detroit home, the city possesses modern loft style living and quaint subdivisions, appealing to all city residents.

For the Michigan bound student, 105 Universities and Colleges appeal to many fields of study. Agricultural studies are especially prominent, and many Universities offer unique opportunities in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, and plant pathology. In fact, Michigan State University, located in East Lansing, presents 13 agriculture-related academic departments. Whether seeking expertise in the arts or the sciences, students can find a university catering to nearly every subject of interest.

For those who continue in Michigan beyond graduation, careers exists in an assortment of exciting fields. Rock Financial, voted, in 2008, by Fortune Magazine as one of the best 100 companies to work for, offers employee BBQ's, in office sports contests, and extravagant holiday parties. Other companies that made the Top 100 list, for Michigan, include Herman Miller, a Zeeland based furniture company, and Plante and Moran, a firm certified in public accounting and business management. Entrepreneurs can benefit from low business costs and a new tax structured that cuts taxes for many Michigan business owners. Michigan housing costs are also very reasonable, with an average home cost in Detroit of $94,500.

Michigan's appeal truly comes from variety. Variety that appears in everything from weather to geography. This variety serves as both a benefit and a burden to Michigan residents, but one thing is certain, Michigan never gets boring.


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