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Michigan is a dynamic place to live and work. The wonders of nature are always close by for you to enjoy. So is the excitement of thriving urban areas that offer big time sporting events, world-class entertainment and cultural venues.

It’s all right here in Michigan. Get a birds-eye view of what we offer, or go to


Great Communities

Michigan is a great place for single professionals or growing families.

Residents enjoy a low cost of living and affordable housing in some of the country's most affluent neighborhoods. Oakland County, home to our world headquarters in Auburn Hills, is one of the 10th wealthiest counties in the nation.

Excellent schools, lots of shopping, hiking trails and more make the area around our headquarters a great place to call home. To learn more, visit:

Cities of Oakland County and Surrounding Area

Oakland County Links


Academic Excellence

In addition to the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, Michigan is one of the most established, thriving communities of academic excellence in the Midwest. With hundreds of education centers, including public and private liberal arts colleges and universities, seminaries and community colleges, Michigan is a vibrant intellectual community of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Michigan offers unlimited opportunity to pursue a lifetime of learning, growth and development. To learn more, visit:

National Center for Education Statistics

Michigan State University

University of Michigan



From quaint lakeside gift shops to major retail outlets, Michigan offers an extensive collection of shopping venues, ranging from small village malls to the multi-floor complexes found in most major cities. From custom-made goods to rare antiques, regional treasures and everything in between, Michigan is a shopper's delight! Preferred shopping destinations include the new Somerset Collection in Troy; the newest mega-outlet mall, Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills; and the legendary Bronners, the world's largest Christmas store.

Our shopping venues cater to both residents and year-round visitors, and offer everything from distinct regional treasures to popular name brands. To learn more, visit:


Detroit Nightlife

A metropolitan city with an exciting pulse and a renewed energy, Detroit is on the verge of an urban renaissance. From world-class dining (featuring Iron Chef Michael Symon's restaurant, Roast) to a variety of live music venues, including the legendary House of Blues, to the casinos of the MGM Grand Detroit, Detroit is a city on the move with a nightlife scene to match. Outside Detroit, you'll find many suburban areas with exciting entertainment, too. Areas like Royal Oak and Birmingham offer great shopping by day, and exciting entertainment by night.

Factor in an easily navigable downtown, one of the nation's most reasonable cost-of-living indexes and tremendous variety of nightlife venues, and it's no wonder Forbes magazine ranks Detroit among the 20 happiest cities for young professionals. To learn more, visit:

Metromix Detroit


Michigan Sports

Winning spirit and fierce loyalty have always defined the people of Michigan.

From the Big Ten Conference Michigan State Spartans (NCAA) and University of Michigan Wolverines (college basketball), to the Detroit Pistons (NBA), Red Wings (NHL), Tigers (MLB) and Lions (NFL), we've got it covered—football, basketball, baseball and hockey.

It's clear that professional sports are alive and thriving in Michigan! To learn more, visit:


Michigan Golf

Recreation and relaxation are signature aspects of the Michigan lifestyle, and Oakland County Golf Courses provide plenty of "green time" for avid golfers and beginners alike.

Part of Oakland County Parks & Trails, the area features five golf courses to choose from: our premier course, 18-hole Arthur Hills-designed Lyon Oaks Golf Course, in Lyon Township; Glen Oaks Golf Course in Farmington Hills; Springfield Oaks Golf Course in Davisburg; White Lake Oaks Golf Course in White Lake; and Red Oaks Golf Course in Madison Heights.

Oakland County Golf Courses also feature discount cards and special offers, leagues, clinics and many sponsored events and programs throughout the year. To learn more, visit:

Destination Oakland - Visitor's Guide


The Great Outdoors

From popular beachtowns to miles of parks and hiking trails, camping, fishing, boating and more, Michigan is an outdoor lover's paradise. In fact, Oakland County alone features 11 county parks; hundreds of miles of trails, pathways and blueways via the Oak Routes network; two waterparks and six playgrounds; three dog parks and two campgrounds; more than 80 wineries; horseback riding trails; five golf courses; and much more. In addition, our Wint Nature Center has been named one of the Top 10 Nature Centers in Southeast Michigan, by Metro Parent magazine.

Whatever your passion, pastime or interest, you'll find unlimited access to outdoor recreation and activities, complementing the unique advantages of the Michigan lifestyle. To learn more, visit:

Destination Oakland - Visitor's Guide

Local Metro Parks



From sunrise on crystal sand to sunset over sparkling blue waters, there is nothing quite like Michigan's legendary beaches. With over 3,200 miles of shoreline and 11,000 inland lakes, the sandy beaches of Michigan are enjoyed by both residents and annual vacationers alike.

Grand Haven Beach is one of Lake Michigan's featured beachtowns and was recognized as one of the top five beaches in the nation by Good Morning America-Travel Mom. The beachtown of St. Joseph, Michigan was voted as one of the top 10 communities by the Fine Living Channel, and is a preferred destination for boating fans.

Enjoy the majesty of Michigan sand dunes and spectacular vistas, scour the beach for the unique and beautiful Petoskey stone or just relax in the sun. You can do it all in one of Michigan's beautiful beachtowns. To learn more, visit:

Michigan Beachtowns

The Beaches of Michigan


Performing Arts

Michigan is abound with entertainment venues, and live music performances have been a staple of Detroit's nightlife since the Motown years. You can enjoy concerts at venerable institutions like The Fillmore Detroit and the Fox and Gem Theaters. Classical music lovers can attend performances at venues like the Orchestra Hall, which hosts the renowned Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Michigan's largest performing arts center, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing, is known for its spectacular shows and dazzling symphonies. The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, in southwest Michigan, features professional symphony performances and education programs. The Whiting Auditorium – Flint Cultural Center is a 2,000+ seat theater that hosts the Flint Symphony Orchestra, Annual Holiday Pops and New York's Joffrey Midwest Summer Intensive. At our world-class performing arts centers and concert venues, talent and passion always take center stage. To learn more, visit:


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Detroit Earns Kudos for Workability from Young Professionals   

According to Forbes magazine, Detroit ranks among the 20 happiest cities for young professionals. In a study by, Detroit ranked among the best for growth opportunities, compensation, benefits, work/life balance and five other areas that impact one’s personal and professional life.