Next time you’re fighting rush hour traffic, imagine a place with easy commutes, pollution-free air, and trees instead of billboards. The Upper Peninsula combines outstanding business opportunity with the best of small town living. Walk-able neighborhoods and traditional downtowns. Friendly neighbors, unlocked doors and low crime rates. Toss in the region’s top-ranked schools, a lower cost of living, and more than 16,000 square miles of natural recreation space, and you’ve got a lifestyle that gives you room to breathe and innovate. People who live in the Upper Peninsula have access to everything great!
- 4 national parks
- 1,700 miles of rugged shoreline
- More than 200 waterfalls
- 8 ski hills
- 3 great lakes
- Thousands of miles for hikers, bikers, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers
- Brightest northern lights in the continental United States
- 3rd snowiest region in America (according to Weather Channel)
- Pollution-free fresh air
- 4 universities and 5 community colleges
- Midwest’s top-rank public schools
- America’s safest communities – very low crime rates
- 2 national healthcare systems
- 3 SmartZone’s, 3 business incubators and 4 co-working spaces
- 9 airports
Arts & Culture
From Sault Ste. Marie to Ironwood, the Upper Peninsula is jam-packed with events, art classes, and cultural experiences. Local art is present in our communities, shops and landscapes. The people who live and visit here have access to:
- 73 Museums
- 32 Galleries
- 12 Movie theaters
- 15 Performing arts centers
- 7 Community arts centers
- Hundreds of events, fairs, and festivals
People who live in the Upper Peninsula have access to world-class healthcare providers and specialists. Our region is home to two nationally renowned healthcare systems, Aspirus and UP Health, along with eight other hospitals. These two main hospitals, with locations throughout the Upper Peninsula region provide easy access to healthcare services and connectivity to special services for extreme cases to nearby markets like Ann Arbor, Wausau, Minneapolis, and Green Bay.
Location and Climate
Average High Temperature: 57.3F
Annual Low Temperature: 39.1F
Average Temperature: 48.2
Annual Rainfall: 31.73”
The Upper Peninsula is the largest and most scenic rural region in the United States, consuming 29% of the Michigan’s landmass. People who love living here have access to 16,377 square miles of scenic landscape, 4,300 inland lakes, 12,000 miles of streams, and 1,700 miles of shoreline and yes…more than 220 inches of snow along Lake Superior.
With the highest national snowfall records in the continental US, snow has actually become an industry for the region.
Communities like Houghton are recognized throughout the world for municipal snow management.
We test ground vehicles, tires, and snowmobiles for government and businesses.
Tourists and locals have access to thousands of miles of cross-country skiing and eight ski hills.
Snowmobilers flock to the Upper Peninsula to ride America’s most consistent wintry trails and back-country.
High-Ranking K-12 Schools
The Upper Peninsula’s public schools are recognized statewide for high math scores, strong readers, outdoor programs, and hands-on learning opportunities. Upper Peninsula high schools earn top marks, year after year, within the state and in rankings like those published by US News & World Report.
Upper Peninsula students grow up in communities where education is highly valued, with access to world-class universities and skilled trades programs. In addition, the rural nature of the Upper Peninsula allows teachers, parents, and students to form caring, compassionate, collaborative relationships.