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Upper Peninsula

A Masterclass in Culture & Nature

Do you love year-round outdoor adventures, from colossal waterfalls to the awe-inspiring Northern Lights? Do you relish in diverse cultural experiences including hundreds of art galleries, live music and theater? Do you welcome an overall lower cost of living than the national average?

If the answer was yes to any of the above, the time to explore Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is now. Offering each of these features — and more — this region is home to an amazing quality of life for thrill seekers and families alike.

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  • Living Here
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Outdoor Recreation

Bountiful Beauty Around Every Corner

Whether you’re exploring the 48,000-acre Tahquamenon Falls State Park, plowing on a mountain bike through the Silver Level Ride Center-ranked Copper Harbor Trails, dog sledding in McMillan or stargazing at Lake Superior, you’ll quickly learn why the Upper Peninsula is one of the best places in Michigan for outdoor adventures.

The Upper Peninsula offers a truly magical experience, from dense forests and shimmering waterfalls to rolling sand dunes and so much more.

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Living Here

Lots to do, Abundantly Personal

If you’re looking for serenity, you’ll find it in the Upper Peninsula. Enjoy welcoming communities and an overall cost of living anywhere from 10% to 25% lower than the U.S. national average, K-12 schools that offer career and technical training and a low student-to-teacher ratio, as well as a variety of housing options in safe communities. The region also offers abundant healthcare options including Upper Great Lakes Family Health, which received national recognition for best overall clinical performance from the Health Resources and Services administration for six consecutive years.

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Work Here

Highly Recognized for its Contributions

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan offers an abundance of job opportunities across various industries, whether you’re interested in manufacturing, healthcare or education. For example, Great Lakes Sound & Vibration is seeking experienced engineers to develop solutions for the defense market, while L’Anse Manufacturing has been serving customers for over 24 years and is looking for CNC machinists and metal fabricators to join their team. Calumet Electronics is hiring dedicated manufacturing operators and Houghton’s own Orbion Space Technology is changing the world from right from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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