With over 10 million residents spread across two peninsulas and surrounded by 4 of the 5 Great Lakes, the State of Michigan prides itself on being filled with diversity and opportunity. Michigan has influenced American culture through its automobile and furniture industries, the Motown sound and Detroit Rock, and its three world-class research universities: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University.
Known globally for heavy manufacturing, Michigan is also recognized as the Midwest’s premier vacation destination with four recreational seasons, plenty of outdoor activities, 99 state parks and 11,000 lakes. Michigan has fabulous, affordable mid-sized cities that offer low housing costs, short work commutes, strong schools and low property taxes. It also offers hip cities, like Royal Oak, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City with plenty of nightlife and Southeast Michigan is one of the top retail districts in the nation with top-tier malls like Somerset Collection.
The state’s largest international airport, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) serves as the “hub” for Delta and Spirit Airlines and is one of the busiest airports in the world. It is a short 25 minute drive from the University of Michigan’s campus with many moderately-priced car services available. Amtrak service between Ann Arbor and Detroit and to other cities in Michigan and the Midwest provides another economical transportation opportunity.
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