Top 10 Perks of Living in the Keweenaw

10. No traffic, short commutes

Just you and the open road. No backed up freeways, expensive parking, or late-arrivals from unexpected traffic. 

9. Clean Air

Copper Country residents care about their environment. And you can tell the difference. 

8. Stars

Look up and see the stars from your back porch. Keep an eye out for northern lights, and plan an evening to watch a meteor shower. Clear, starry skies can be found across the Upper Peninsula with little to no light pollution. You can even find one of the world's only International Dark Sky Parks just south of the Mackinac Bridge at the "Headlands." 

7. Festivals

Across the UP, there are more than 150 annual festivals. Some of our favorites are the BridgeFest, Pasty Fest, and the Strawberry Festival. Fireworks, fun, friends, family, food. What else do you need?

6. Friendly people & low crime 

The Upper Peninsula enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in the country. We offer a safe, welcoming place for you and your family. City parks, great schools, and friendly neighbors are all around. 

5. Surrounded by nature

Creeks, river, streams, lakes, hills, Michigan's highest mountain, national forests, waterfalls: the Upper Peninsula has it all. And it's all right in your backyard. 

4. Food  

We care about food up here. You can find locally grown produce and locally raised meat from Upper Peninsula farms at the farmer's market in Houghton and Hancock. Our city also boasts a food co-op, local breweries, and dozens of restaurants and eateries. 

3. Arts & Music

The Copper Country boasts a thriving arts and music culture. The annual Pine Mountain Music Festival is always a hit across the whole UP. Also, the historic Calumet Theatre and Michigan Tech’s Rosza Center offer a wide variety of events throughout the year. 

2. Affordable, Beautiful Homes

The Upper Peninsula offers a low cost of living and beautiful homes for affordable prices. Whether you've always wanted those 40 acres in the country or a condo by the lake with all the amenities, we're sure you'll find a perfect place for you and your family. (Visit our housing page for more information.)

1. Peace and Quiet  

No honking horns at night. Just cricket sounds and stillness. What more is there to say?