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Retire in Canadian Lakes, Michigan?
Overview: Pretty Canadian Lakes is a year-round resort community and property owners' association (and census designated place) located in central Michigan. It started out in the mid-1960s and is today particularly popular with empty nesters and retirees.
The resort sits amid rolling hills and Amish farms and is known for its abundant outdoor recreation. It sprawls across 7,000 acres, 2,000 acres of which are open space dotted with lakes, ponds, pools, parks, golf courses and beaches. A castle, a private plane landing strip, a restaurant, a fitness center, clubhouses and sixty social clubs are here, too. The clubs range from books groups and choruses to theater and yoga. Access to these amenities is restricted to community members. Some of the resort's eleven lakes are all-sport and some are no-wake. A fishery supplies the lakes with bass and blue gill. The community sponsors a concert series as well as golf and fishing tournaments.
The Little Muskegon River runs through Canadian Lakes and is a popular place for canoeing and fishing. The nearby Manistee National Forest is the place for biking, camping and hiking. Homes, many nestled in the woods or along the water, are mostly A-frames and ranch ramblers.
Population: 3,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 73%
Cost of Living: 5% below the national average
Median Home Price: $175,000
Climate: Summers temperatures are in the 70s and 80s. Winter temperatures are in the teens and 20s. On average, the area receives 55 inches of snow and 32 inches of rain each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but the one in Stanwood, about five miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Big Rapids, about 12 miles away, has a hospital that is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes, a small lending library
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Michigan Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Cons: None, although the town is isolated.
Notes: Canadian Lakes still has many undeveloped home sites. Roads in this area are primarily two lane.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Wolverine State's borders touch four of the Great Lakes and the state is divided into two parts - Upper and Lower. The Mackinac Bridge, one of the world's longest suspension bridges, connects these two halves. Up North, the Sault St. Marie canals connect Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
Native Americans lived in the area when the first Europeans arrived in 1618. Sault St. Marie was the first immigrant settlement in 1668. After the Indian and French Wars, Britain claimed the land from the French. The region became part of the U.S. after the Revolutionary War, but constant conflict occured between the British, Americans and Native Americans until the end of the War of 1812.
The name Michigan came from the Ojibwa Indian words Mishi-gama (meaning "large lake").
The world's first air-conditioned automobile was built by Detroit's Packard Motor Car Company in 1939.
No point in Michigan is farther than six miles from a body of water.
Michigan is the only U.S. state to have two peninsulas.
The state produces 70% of the tart cherries grown in the United States.
Michigan has about 150 lighthouses, more than any other state.
Although Michigan's nickname is the "Wolverine State," no wolverines live in the state.
Population - 9,883,662
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 89%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 5%
White persons, not Hispanic - 79%
Median household income - $50,083
Median home value - $127,800
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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