When it comes to living in the State of Michigan, we've got it pretty good. There's plenty of fun things to do all year long. Outside of outdoor activities on the water, on the slopes or on the trails, there are plenty of other factors that make Michigan a great place to live.

When it comes down to a city to settle down in, other factors like crime, schools, job opportunities, affordable housing and more come into play. I want to live in a safe community with low crime and violent crime rates. Good schools are a must, I have two kids and want them to learn in a safe and healthy environment. When it comes to job opportunities, the more options the better. Being able to live in a city that won't leave me "house broke" is important too. Affordable housing is key.

According to U.S. News & World Report, this is the criteria used to determine the best places to live:

U.S. News looks at data on the country’s 150 most populous metro areas, including the cost of living, job market, crime rates, quality of education and more. The data is weighted based on responses from a survey of approximately 3,600 people throughout the U.S. to determine what matters most to them when picking their next places to live.

You can find the complete list of the 150 best places to live in the U.S. by clicking here.

It was nice to see 4 Michigan cities in the top 100 places to live in the United States.

Michigan Cities That are in the Top 100 places to live in the U.S.

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#11 - Ann Arbor - U.S. News & World Report says:

Most people recognize this metro area in southeastern Michigan as home of the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor is the No. 1 metro area on the list for quality of life, with particularly high scores for education, health care, well-being and air quality. Ann Arbor receives the fifth-highest score out of the 150 most populous metro areas in the U.S. for its access to quality health care based on data from the U.S. News Best Hospitals ranking. Ann Arbor’s high school students also appear ready for higher education, as the metro area ranks fifth in college readiness.

 

via TSM Grand Rapids
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#16 - Grand Rapids - U.S. News & World Report says:

If you’re looking for a more affordable place to live, the Grand Rapids metro area in western Michigan may be the right place for you. Grand Rapids-area residents spend just 20.71% of the median household income on housing expenses, including rent or mortgage payments, property taxes and utilities. Additionally, Grand Rapids high school students rank No. 29 out of the 150 metro areas on the list for college readiness.

 

via TSM Kalamazoo
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#40 - Kalamazoo - U.S. News & World Report says:

Kalamazoo is as fun and quirky as its unusual name suggests. Its theaters, museums and live music venues make the city an arts and culture hot spot, and its craft brewery scene attracts visitors from around the region.

 

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#65 - Lansing - U.S. News & World Report says:

Lansing, Michigan, is a diverse metropolitan area where you can go from a college campus to a waving wheat field in 10 minutes. Residents can observe the process of democracy while marveling at the beauty of a state Capitol building and then head up the road for Division I college football.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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