Michigan, bordered by four of the five Great Lakes, is appropriately known as the “Great Lakes State.” Residents of Michigan have plenty of opportunities for boating and fishing, and during the winter snow, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and skiing. If sports aren’t your thing, there’s more than enough time to just relax by the water. The state’s makeup is varied, ranging from the Great Lakes to the vast forests of the upper peninsula, major cities like Detroit, and charming college towns like Ann Arbor. Michigan truly has something for everyone and is a fantastic place to retire.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 310 retirement communities in Michigan that offer independent living. The median monthly cost of independent living in Michigan is about $2,500.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Michigan.
In Michigan, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.
Overall, the cost of living in Michigan is considered to be more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 17% of Michigan’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Michigan was split almost perfectly down the middle but leaned slightly conservative. Michigan has traditionally been a “blue state,” with the capital of Detroit known for being very liberal. The more rural parts of the state however lean reliably to the right, and 2016 saw a greater conservative voter turnout than the past few presidential elections.
Michigan's climate is classified as warm-summer humid continental. This means that the state experiences four distinct seasons with consistent precipitation throughout the year. The summers tend to be hot and muggy, and the winters are often cold and snowy. Michigan is broken up into two distinct regions: mainland Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, separated by Lake Michigan. The Upper Peninsula, or UP as it is known by the locals, tends to be cooler than the rest of the state, especially due to its proximity to the Great Lakes.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.