Michigan Town Named One Of “Best Places To Live” In The U.S.

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If you live in and love Michigan, you know one of our best assets is the water.

On a recent trip to this town, it was easy to fall in love with the mix of small town feel, historic architecture, and beach access. It was also near parade time, so the town was gearing up for what is clearly a fun event.

So it doesn’t come as a surprise – even though we’re biased toward Detroit – that Ludington, Michigan made Outside Magazine’s list of 16 Best Places to live in the United States.

The honor was also bestowed on cities like Billings, Montana; Denver, Colorado; Hanalei, Hawaii among others. The magazine, as you might be able to tell by the title, values outdoor activities and outdoor life.

Here’s a bit of what they had to say about Ludington, located on Lake Michigan:

It all starts with the water. Ludington State Park (5,300 acres) and the adjoining Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area (3,450) have a combined ten miles of Lake Michigan frontage. What’s more, Hamlin Lake, which forms the eastern boundary of the state park, is warm, and its outflow into the big lake heats up the usually frigid waters early in the season. “So instead of it being 60 degrees, you have 70-degree water,” says 20-year resident Andy Klevorn, the head of technology for the school district and a cyclist and paddler when he’s off the clock. Then there’s the 64-mile Pere Marquette River, a blue-ribbon fishery that flows through 540,344-acre Manistee National Forest before reaching the Great Lakes.

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  • I grew up in that town from the 6th grade to graduation and moved back a bit after college. I would never change it for the world and so glad that of all the parents could have chosen to move to from Metro Detroit, that they picked this wonderful town. My average summer was what most kids only saw in movies and going to Ludington High School our entire school was about the size of the average suburban graduating class. Roads have minimum traffic and so can literally ride your bike anywhere and everywhere. I loved living there and I often find myself homesick and dreaming of moving back.

  • I knew it before it was selected, the lake is important but the people of Ludington make it special.

  • I lived in Ludington much of my life and while it is beautiful, it lacks in options such as dining, shopping, and other extracurriculars. The beaches and state park are definitely it’s number one asset. I live in Traverse City now and LOVE visiting home!

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