Have you ever wondered why your new neighbor recites Shakespeare while they mow the lawn? You're not alone. More and more college-educated Americans are moving, and Michigan is fast becoming one of their top destinations. The 2023 US Census reports that 9% of college graduates packed up their degrees and headed for more desirable surroundings, compared to 7% of those without a college degree.

Related: Michigan City Ranked the Most Well-Educated in the Country

So, what makes Michigan so attractive to well educated, and why are degree holders abandoning the South and New England for our fair state? Believe it or not, it's not just for the lighthouses and pasties.

Jobs and Taxes: Michigan's College Grad Magnets

The Great Michigan Migration: Why Degree Holders Are Moving North
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A study conducted by moving advisors HireAHelper cites that jobs are a big reason for the Great Michigan Migration. In fact, Americans with degrees were 73% more likely to cite their reason for relocation as a "new job." So where are all of these brainiacs moving? States without income tax, like Washington and Nevada, are two of the most popular destinations. But don't count Michigan out just yet; we've got some tricks hidden in our mitten.

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While New York and California are bleeding talent faster than a leaking faucet, Michigan is quietly and slowly gaining ground. Why? For one, the cost of living is more manageable. New residents are happy to bid farewell to the sky-high coastal rents and hello to a cozy new Detroit apartment. Plus, the growing tech scene in Michigan is also attracting new college grads.

Brain Gain vs. Brain Drain: The Michigan Perspective

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Michigan has seen its fair share of Brain Drain in the past, meaning highly educated young people were flocking to coastal cities like New York and San Fransico, lured by the bright lights, glitz, and glamour. However, the tides are turning for the Great Lakes State. Big cities and states have priced themselves out of recent college graduates' affordability. Michigan offers two peninsulas worth of coastal beaches to live on and a much more affordable cost of living.

Related: City Ranked 'Best in State to Raise a Family': Michigan's Top 102

Washington saw the biggest net gain of college grads in 2023, a 169% increase. Michigan wasn't too far behind, with cities like Lansing and Grand Rapids each experiencing a renaissance of residency. Our state might not be tax-free, but when you combine the job opportunities, the lower cost of living, and a pretty vibrant cultural scene, Michigan makes for a compelling and affordable choice.

Michigan's 35 Most In Demand Housing Markets

If you're considering putting your home on the market in Michigan but wondering how long it will take to sell, you've come to the right place. BetOhio.com took a look at the following to determine the strength of Michigan real estate markets:
  • Demand score: The demand score represents an area's page viewers per property compared to other areas (X/out of 100).
  • Median days on the market: The median number of days property listings spend on the market in that location.
  • To create the index, the above metrics were considered — both of which were weighted with a score of 50. The final score was then given out of 100 - the higher the number, the more in-demand the location
Let's countdown to Michigan's Most In Demand Real Estate Metro.

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The 10 Worst Places To Live In Michigan

If you're looking for a peaceful place to settle down and raise a family, you're looking for good schools, low crime rates, plentiful jobs, and a prosperous economy. These are not the cities you're looking for. Based on a ranking from RoadSnacks.net, here are the 10 Worst Places To Live In Michigan. For RoadSnack.com's methodology, see the link in the #1 entry.

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The 100 Worst Small Towns in Michigan

Discover Michigan's worst small towns through RoadSnacks.net's latest rankings, examining crime rates, education, employment, and more. RoadSnacks.net delved into factors like population density and unemployment using FBI data and the Census. With updated research for 2024, uncover the least desirable locales. Explore why low crime, education, and stable economies matter when choosing a hometown as we count down the 100 Worst Small Towns in Michigan.

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