The city has been named the fourth best city in Michigan to raise a family; one of the top eight cities in America with a thriving middle class; and has twice been named one of the 100 best communities for America's young people.
The Movoto Real Estate Blog even named Midland the number one city in Michigan. Real Estate expert Shelley Park Cluff, Broker and owner of Park Place Homes explains, "The Midland area continues to receive these honors because of its outstanding educational opportunities, cultural and art programs, affordable living, and diverse recreational possibilities.
All of these things come together to create a great place to raise a family."Forbes Magazine agrees. Their recent study concludes that Midland's low crime rates, high median household income and high school graduation rate ranks Midland as the fourth best small city to raise a family.
A CNN Money study also names Midland County, Michigan, and Midland specifically, as one of eight areas in America where the middle class thrive. Midland's 6.6% unemployment rate, median household income of $50,861 and good quality of life contribute to the city's high ranking. They also name Midland's robust fire, police and road services as contributing factors.
"The Midland real estate market is a testament to these statistics," said Cluff. "Of the homes sold in Midland this year, the average price has been roughly $140,000, which makes our area very affordable and attractive for middle class families."
Safety statistics are also important to Midland's reputation as a desirable place to live. A recent SafeWise report names the locale as one of the 50 safest cities in Michigan based on FBI reports of both violent and property crimes.
"When choosing a place to live and raise a family, safety is of primary importance," adds Cluff. "Studies like this increase everyone's confidence that they have chosen to live in a safe community. Also, as a real estate broker and long-time resident, I can confidently speak of Midland's safety."
Cluff says another reason Midland ends up on these best lists is Midland's wide variety of year-round activities. The city offers arts and cultural experiences which rival those found in larger cities. Unique shops and restaurant venues grace the downtown district.
Sports opportunities are endless and even include ice skating on the hottest of summer days. Midland's Chippewa Nature Center is one of the largest non-profit nature centers in the country with peaceful nature trails, bird watching opportunities and more. The city is also peppered with neighborhood parks boasting playgrounds, a place for dogs to run, fishing and even canoeing. The list of available activities is extensive and diverse. Visit the City of Midland website to learn more.