Midland is home to one of the highest revenue generating companies in the entire world, Dow Chemical. Dow has had an unprecedented positive cultural influence on the city; the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, for example, displays hands-on installations spanning multifarious genres of scientific and aesthetic explorations.
For those who love nature, Midland certainly holds no dearth of outdoor greenery. With 72 parks spanning 3,000 acres, Midland is widely considered one of the greenest cities in Michigan with a population of at least 30,000. The city also hosts the famous Pere-Marquette Trail, a 30-mile long path for bikers, runners, and other passive recreational enthusiasts.
For families that love to participate in Michigan’s rich tradition of hockey (go Red Wings), Midland is home to the 100,000+ square foot Civic Arena, which houses three skating rinks that are either NHL or Olympic in dimensions(!!)
The Midland Center for the Arts has a 1,500 seat auditorium, making this city an ideal destination for anyone who has a yearning desire for historic and contemporary performance aesthetic.
Novi has one of the most swiftly paced upward economic trajectories of any city in the entire state of Michigan. In the 1970s, the city created the massively ambitious Twelve Oaks Mall, paving the future towards a central presence in Greater Detroit retail. Continuing the trend of accelerating business growth well into the new millennium, Novi is currently home to over 1,700+ businesses.
Outside of a bustling economy, the city is home to over 250 acres of parkland greenery, making the city ideal both for those who want to start a business and those who bask in the joy of natural landscape.
Embracing ethnic diversity, Novi also hosts the Japan Festival every year, the largest festival celebrating Japan in the entire state of Michigan.
One of the best reasons to live in Novi is because of the city’s excellent hospital system. The Henry Ford Health System, as well as the St. John Providence Health System, operate two of the most comprehensive healthcare facilities in the country.
5. Traverse City
Known as the pre-eminent center of tart cherry harvesting in the US, Traverse City is fraught with attractions that are appealing visitors & residents alike, including wine vineyards, freshwater beaches, wildlife forests, and skiing mountains and resorts. It’s no wonder that Traverse City’s tourism sector is one of its most booming industries.
As the state of Michigan has over 3.8 million tart cherry trees, Traverse City is home to one of the most exciting and unique annual celebrations, the National Cherry Festival. Parades, fireworks, pie-eating, and of course, lots and lots of cherries.
Many notable people have lived in Traverse City, including filmmaker Michael Moore, MLB World Series champion Doug Mirabelli, and Mel Schacher, who was the bassist for prominent musical act Grand Funk Railroad.
USA Today ranked Traverse City as one of the 10 Great Places for Wine, making even the most tasteful connoisseurs seek out the rich products of Traverse City’s historic vineyards.
Finally, for outdoor enthusiasts, Traverse City is home to the Traverse City State Park, an outdoor scene comprised of 250 campsites.
4. Grand Rapids
The second-largest city in the entire state of Michigan, Grand Rapids is among the most radiant and intriguing places to live in the state of Michigan. It is famous as being the hometown of United States President Gerald Ford.
For starters, the city has an exceptionally good employment outlook, making it desirable for any individual seeking permanent residency. Grand Rapids is famously known as a furniture manufacturing mecca, giving it the nickname of “furniture city.”
That said, the city’s economy also specializes in a number of other areas, including health care, consumers goods, and aviation.
As you can see in the picture of Grand Rapids above, the city’s skyline is uniquely impressive; it stands out as one of the busiest cities in all of Michigan. During the first weekend of June, Grand Rapids hosts the Festival of the Arts, a hodgepodge of live street performances, ethnic food showcasing, and a variety of artist showcases.
The city is also home to international tourist attraction as well as resident favorite the Van Andel Museum Center. Created in 1854, this museum is among the oldest actively operating history museums in the entire country. Other museums that the city boasts include the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.
In addition to a great economy and arts scene, the city also hosts four professional and semi-professional sports teams, including a team in the NBA Development League and a team in the American Hockey League.