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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!

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Key points to consider about the Upper Peninsula:

  • 4 national parks
  • 1,700 miles of rugged shoreline
  • More than 200 waterfalls
  • 8 ski hills
  • 3 great lakes (truly, inland seas!)
  • 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

Schoolcraft County alone has:

  • 47 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline
  • 202 inland lakes
  • World-class fishing
  • Kitich-iti-kipi (the “mirror of heaven” to the native people)
  • The most photographed lighthouse on the entire Great Lakes (the Manistique East Breakwater Light)
  • More than 150 miles of trails for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, ATV riding, horseback riding
  • One of the largest river basins in the State (the Manistique River/Indian River system)
  • Seney National Wildlife Refuge
  • The only naturally open (ice-free) port on the Upper Great Lakes
  • A county airport that can land any aircraft (5000-foot paved runway)
  • Centrally-located…about an hour from the major attractions
    If you love the outdoors, Schoolcraft County is the place you’ll call home.

Looking for a job?

We have easy-to-access online job and career portals that list opportunities throughout the Upper Peninsula.

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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

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.

Manistique has three great school systems:

  • Manistique Area Schools
  • St. Francis de Sales Academy
  • Bethel Baptist School

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Read what Patients have to say about Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital

Everyone in the ambulatory care/outpatient surgery were great!! They all made me feel very comfortable and did a great job!!! thank you to the whole outpatient staff and Doctor Rayner..I would recommend Schoolcraft or patient to anyone in need of surgery

Reviewer: Jeremy Sitkoski

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5 out of 5 stars

The care that was provided by The nurses (Cindy, Felicia Ruth) and staff was exceptional. The entire staff was very friendly and made you feel welcome. We received a call from Felicia the next day to check on my husband to check his pain level and do a follow up. The surgery area from check in to check out was well organized, clean, and up to date. Thank you to all of you for what you do so well and everything beyond your normal duties.

Reviewer: Maureen DesChamps

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5 out of 5 stars

Jordan HubbleJordan Hubble ★★★★★ peter hoodpeter hood ★★★★★ Dr. Schoenow is an excellent physician. He is very thorough. He very open to questions and his answers are concise and thoughtful.Sheryl MacArthurSheryl MacArthur ★★★★★ Laurie JohnsonLaurie Johnson ★★★★★ He was great, I was sorry to catch them on a day right after a holiday, but the whole team was great!!Lisa PriceLisa Price ★★★★★ Dr Schoenow is an excellent doctor. Hospital very clean and friendly nurses and staffNelson GonzalezNelson Gonzalez ★★★★★ Very professional and helpful and the nurses were greatLynn NortonLynn Norton ★★★★★ I love having a hospital in Schoolcraft Co.We are so lucky.I appreciate the passing of the ambulance millagemillageMindy AspMindy Asp ★★★★★ Theresa EkdahlTheresa Ekdahl ★★★★★ GreatRoxanna LivermoreRoxanna Livermore ★★★★★ Wonderful very understandingAngel BernardAngel Bernard ★★★★★ Superior quality treatment by a compassionate professional. All our questions were answered. My husband was anxious about having his peg tube removed and the doctor and his staff put us immediately at ease.Melissa CarlsonMelissa Carlson ★★★★★ Dr.Niemela was great. He communicated well, answered all questions and was very personable. He seems intelligent, organized, and an expert in his field. He made me feel confident in his skills.Tanya PetersTanya Peters ★★★★★ Excellent bedside manners. Very efficient staff and no delays for my appointment time.Darrin RanguetteDarrin Ranguette ★★★★★ I received excellent care. I was extremely comfortable, I didn’t feel nervous at all. All the nurses and everyone were so good. I highly recommend Dr. Bambach for any procedure!Denver McBurneyDenver McBurney ★★★★★ I went to Dr Randall in April to have significant rotator cuff damage repaired on my left shoulder. I recently had my 6 month follow-up appiontment and I couldn’t be more pleased with my outcome. All the Physical Therapy staff were great as well. Top notch service from Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.Laurie SchnurerLaurie Schnurer ★★★★★ Mary ParrettMary Parrett ★★★★★ Dr. Rayner took time to hear what was going on with me. I was very pleased and satisfied with the results.Elric SlaterElric Slater ★★★★★ Jessica MartinJessica Martin ★★★★★ They took very good care of meBerthenia AllisonBerthenia Allison ★★★★★ Dr. Rayner explains everything of the procedures and results, and also what as a patient I needed to do to follow up. I never felt that he was in a hurry during my time in the room. He was warm and approachable so when I asked him questions, he continued to answer in the same manner.js_loader