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Compared to other states and cities in the region, Michigan's cost of living remains more affordable. The Median sale price of housing in Gratiot County in 2015 was $66,000, and in Isabella it was $110,750 (according to the NGLR MLS). Central Michigan has much to offer; whether you want to live in the country, or in a larger city (such as Mt. Pleasant), you have many options to rent or own.

Central Michigan has many festivals and celebrations to choose from. Some examples include Shepherd's Maple Syrup Festival (complete with a city-wide yard sale), Alma's Highland Festival (bring your kilt!), and St. Louis' Blues Festival.

Michigan is the only state that touches 4 of the 5 Great Lakes. No matter where you are in Michigan, you're never more than 85 miles away from a Great Lake! Not only that, Michigan is peppered with lakes and rivers without the "Great" designation. You can purchase a home on the lake, or simply travel to the myriad of water features available.

Unlike many other states, Michigan has four distinct seasons. A running joke in Michigan is that it is not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day!

Michigan is home to diverse educational opportunities. University of Michigan, Michigan State, Wayne State, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Oakland University, Alma College...Michigan boasts great colleges with interesting programs, and in varying sizes. CMU (Central Michigan University) can be found in Isabella County, and is very involved in the Mt. Pleasant Community. They not only offer a great education, but also are a major employer.

Whether it's winter or summer, spring or fall; indoors or outdoors; rural or metropolitan, Michigan offers a variety of things to see, taste, smell, hear and experience. Michigan is home to vineyards, historic communities, microbreweries, a large freshwater coast, and many campsites for outdoor enthusiasts. From kayaking on one of our many rivers, to snowmobiling through the woods, Michigan has it all!

Interested in information about local Michigan schools? Click the link below to be redirected to data on schools throughout Michigan.

Michigan School Data

Local City Information

Alma, Michigan
(Gratiot County)

Alma is 6.05 square miles. Population 9,383 (county 42,276). Mt. Pleasant, Saginaw, Midland, Bay City, Lansing, St. Johns, Ithaca and St. Louis are all within 50 miles of Alma. Major Area Employers are Gratiot Medical Center, IAC, Masonic Pathways, Alma College, Alma Publc Schools, Alma Products, Avalon Tahoe Pontoon, Consumers Energy Co., Firstbank, Great Lakes Petroleum, and Merrill Fabricators.

Ithaca, Michigan
(Gratiot County)

Population 2,910. Ithaca is surrounded by Michigan's richest farm land. Agriculture is a major economic factor in Gratiot County. Agricultural research and advanced manufacturing are growing in Ithaca and the surrounding area. Ithaca boasts two Michigan Certified Business Parks and two Michigan Tax-Free Renaissance Zones.

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
(Isabella County)

Mt. Pleasant is 7.9 square miles (Isabella County is 572 square miles). Population 26,016. Housing is affordable and diverse, from historical homes with mature trees in stable neighborhoods of single-family homes to condominium subdivisions and apartment dwellings. Major Employers include Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe; Central Michigan University, Morbark Industries, The Delfield Company, Meijer Corporation, LaBelle Management, CME Corporation, and Unified Brands.

Isabella County hosts District 1, the tribal lands of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. For more information click here