Michigan may have the most straightforward state nickname in the whole country: The Great Lakes State. Michigan features more shoreline than any other state except Alaska, with shores along four of the Great Lakes: Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie. Lake Michigan divides the state into two peninsulas: The Upper peninsula features a densely forested land and is only sparsely populated. The vast majority of the population lives on the Lower peninsula.
Manufacturing accounts for 30% of Michigan's economic production, concentrated mainly on automobiles and transportation equipment. Detroit, Dearborn, Flint, Pontiac and Lansing are historic centers of automobile production, although the industry is now in dramatic decline throughout the state. Other Michigan products include nonelectrical machinery, fabricated metal products, primary metals, chemicals and food products.
Residents and visitors alike take great pleasure in the great outdoors of Michigan. With more than 3,200 miles of shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes, 5,600 miles of snowmobile trails, dozens of downhill ski resorts and four national parks, there's more than enough nature to go around. Michigan is at its best in autumn, when the leaves of the state's lush forests explode into shades of red, orange and yellow. As a resident you'll have the luxury of enjoying the views on driving tours, at fall festivals or at the vineyards nestled in the most scenic areas of the state.
The largest city in the state, Detroit is one of the nation's leading industrial centers and the world's foremost manufacturer of automobiles, which gave Detroit the nickname The Motor City. Detroit is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar renewal of its cultural resources, evidenced in such attractions as the Motown Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Historical Museum. Detroit's inner city has recently started undergoing new investment and renovation as well, making it an especially interesting locale to explore for apartments for rent. Suburbs outside the city are constantly evolving and growing, so there are plenty of housing options there as well. The overall cost of living is 2% below the national average. It's possible to find apartments for rent starting in the $300-400 range, although posh apartment rentals with a view go well over $1,000 a month.
Consistently ranked as one of the "Best Small Towns in America," the Land of 1,000 Grand Lakes lures newcomers and satisfies residents with its unsurpassed natural beauty. Recreational activities abound; golf, boating, fishing and hiking are all popular pastimes. Residents here also enjoy a strong economy, progressive educational systems, excellent healthcare and a friendly and caring community. It's a great place to find homes or apartments and settle down.
A true college town, Ann Arbor is most famous as the home of the University of Michigan, one of the nation's top-ranked universities. This illustrious school may help explain why Ann Arbor is known as an intellectual and cultural haven; the city claims to buy more books per capita than any other American city. Cultural offerings include museums, galleries, live music and historic streets. The overall cost of living here is 24% higher than the national average, with many items such as food and clothing running quite expensive. However, housing costs are slightly lower than the national average, which is good news if you.re looking for apartments in the area. Average one-bedroom apartments rentals cost an average of $750 per month; two-bedroom apartments go for $1,000, and three-bedroom apartments cost an average of $1,500.