When we did the study of best states to retire to, no one thought Michigan would rank very high. True, being the 30th best state isn’t exactly the best, but it’s still higher than any of us thought. What’s even more surprising is that Michigan’s retirement population is actually 16th overall in the country. The combination of affordable housing and relatively low cost of living make it attractive for retirees that want to live in the north.
Michigan has below average taxes and the real estate options are affordable. The cost of living is low and the health care options are adequate. The retiree population is large and so that tells us we need to dig a bit deeper on what makes Michigan so attractive. Outside of the big cities, Michigan towns have a small town somewhat “hard working” blue collar feel. Combine that with some surprising options for retirees in suburbs like Ann Arbor and you can start to see why retirees actually love it there. It’s low key and relaxed.
What’s not relaxed in Michigan is the weather. If you plan to retire to Michigan, you should pack all your winter gear. Like any northern state with a big city (except New Jersey), crime is a problem but if you choose retirement communities in particularly you’ll be able to mitigate that risk.
Best Retirement Cities reviewed all 50 states against 10 different retirement criteria to determine what was truly the best state to retire to.