2014 was a big year for Michigan and several of our great cities have been recognized nationally.
On lists ranging from most beautiful small towns to best airport for a layover, Michigan certainly has its share of “best places.”
Grand Rapids was a powerhouse this year, sweeping a handful of awards. Lonely Planet named the western Michigan community the No. 1 U.S. destination in 2014. In addition to taking this title, Grand Rapids’ strong attributes contributed to other “best” awards in categories such as raising a family, owning rental property and having access to affordable health care.
Ann Arbor—the number one city for swimming—also came in second in the nation for best college towns.
Some of Michigan’s smaller, boutique communities gave U.S. cities a run for their money, too. The Holland-Grand Haven area was awarded third place for best resident satisfaction in a poll taken by Gallup-Healthways, while Bay City rolled in at number eight on CNN Money’s list of affordable small cities in the United States.
According to MLive, Holland was also named the second-most beautiful small town in the nation.
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