The Great Lakes State is known for a few things: freshwater fishing, the automotive industry, and the beautiful waterside views it offers. 

From bigger cities to small towns tucked away along the coastline, if you’re moving to Michigan, there’s something for you. If you’re thinking of making Michigan your new home, read more about what you need to know before moving.

The Great Lake State

Michigan’s surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, giving it the nickname the Great Lake State. The 3,288-mile coastline is the longest freshwater coastline in the US. In addition to the Great Lakes, there’s over 36,000 miles of streams and more than 11,000 lakes and ponds to explore. 

With five national parks and numerous historic and natural landmarks to discover, there is no shortage of recreational activities. Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and even lounging on the beach can be done almost anywhere in the state. Camp at Isle Royale National Park and see the Northern Lights. Head to the Upper Peninsula for beautiful hikes or to try dog sledding.

For those who want to step back to a simpler time, explore historic Mackinac Island by foot, horseback, or bicycle. There are no cars on the island!

Cost of Living in Michigan

If you’re looking to move somewhere affordable, Michigan may be the right choice. Michigan’s low cost of living* places it as the 13th most affordable state to live in September 2021. Groceries, median home price, and healthcare costs all fall below the national average. 

Michigan has also invested in creating more affordable housing. The governor suggested a $100 million investment to help make affordable housing more accessible and attainable to Michigan residents. 

The state has also passed energy improvement bills, leading to smaller utility bills and a cleaner environment for the state. 

Michigan Education

If you’re taking education into consideration when moving to Michigan, there’s no shortage of quality education! 

Some of the highest ranking public high schools in Michigan include International Academy, Troy High School, and Novi High School. 

For higher education, Michigan State University in East Lansing was ranked  as the 32nd best public university and the 80th best overall college in the U.S. in 2021 by U.S News. 

Several programs at MSU are known for being the best in the US, particularly the education degree programs. 
The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor was ranked as the 3rd best public university in the country and the 16th best overall college in the world.

Weather in Michigan

The weather in the Great Lakes State is heavily impacted by the Great Lakes – how fitting! Because of the cool breeze that comes off the lakes, summers are typically very comfortable, and the temperature usually stays under 90 degrees. 

The cool lake breezes also contribute during the winter months, creating cold winters with heavy snowfall and bitter cold temperatures both day and night. 

Early spring can still be cold from the lingering winter temperatures, but late spring through early fall are beautiful times in the state due to the comfortable temperatures and colorful scenery.

Moving to Michigan Soon? Let Mayflower Get You There

Mayflower’s professional Michigan movers can help you move no matter where you’re going, with long-distance movers to help with moves across the country and everything else you need to complete your move to Michigan. 

For quicker moves across town or down the street, our local agents can perform the same services independently under their own businesses’ separate authorities and brands. 

MyMayflower Move Portal

Mayflower makes it easy to coordinate your move to Michigan and stay organized along the way. The MyMayflower Move Portal can be personalized and streamlines your moving experience. Use customized tools to keep track of all major moving milestones, organize contacts, and book your move online.


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