What�s So Great About Living in West Michigan by UpAhK8Gj

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									                                           Why West Michigan?

One of the best things about working in West Michigan is the quality of life you’ll experience here, and
the endless outlets for work and play.

Whether you’re in Holland, or one of our plants in Ludington, Big Rapids, Kentwood, or Douglas, you’ll
find clean, family-friendly neighborhoods nearby that maintain small-town charm without sacrificing the
perks generally found only in a major metropolis.

Diversity
Originally settled by Dutch, French, and British immigrants, West Michigan is loaded with history and
culture. Though remnants of our forefathers are still visible, (take Holland’s windmills, for example),
today’s West Michigan is alive with diversity. In addition to a thriving Latino community, the area is also
home to today’s Asian, Middle East, African, and Eastern European immigrants. In fact, our Holland
school students speak more than 40 languages and represent more than 50 countries of origin.

The Great Outdoors
Both families and singles will find plenty of options to occupy their free time. If you love spending time
outdoors, West Michigan is a sportsman’s paradise. From golfing to fishing, from skiing to boating, from
camping to snowmobiling - recreational opportunities abound throughout all four seasons. Lake Michigan
is as vast and awesome as any ocean (without those annoying sharks and jellyfish) and its beaches are
still pristine and uncrowded. With more coastline than any other state in the continental U.S., numerous
picturesque lakes and rivers, and literally hundreds of thousands of acres of state and national forest rich
with plant and animal life, Michigan is treasured by sporting and nature enthusiasts alike.

Cultural Hotspots
In Ludington, Holland, and other shoreline communities, you’ll find exceptional diversity of restaurants,
art galleries loaded with local products, boutique shopping, and a wide range of cultural activities.
Nearby cities of Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo host a lively performing arts scene that includes
professional symphony, opera, theater, and ballet companies. Surrounding communities are picture
postcards of bucolic country living with rolling hills, expansive farmlands and spectacular autumn color.
No matter where you are in West Michigan, you’re never far from museums, wineries, semi-pro and
collegiate sport teams, state parks, community theater and more. When you consider that it’s also home
to quality schools, colleges, and universities, some of the best medical facilities in the country, and a
lower cost of living than you’ll enjoy most anywhere else, you may just find that you and West Michigan
are a perfect fit.

And if, despite all the offerings in your own backyard, you find yourself longing for the bright lights of
the big city from time to time, never fear: both Chicago and Detroit are easily accessible, each just
about 3 hours from Holland, by car or train.

Resources
Want more information? Learn more about where Haworth members work and play by clicking on any of
these links:

Allegan and Allegan County: http://www.visitallegancounty.com/
Big Rapids and Mecosta County: http://www.bigrapids.org/
Grand Rapids: http://rightplace.org/
Holland: http://holland.org/; http://www.holland-chamber.org/
Kalamazoo: http://www.kalamazoocity.org/portal/kzoolife.php
Ludington and Mason County: http://www.ludingtoncvb.com/
Saugatuck and Douglas: http://www.saugatuck.com/index.asp
West Michigan beach towns: http://www.michigan.org/partners/BeachTowns/Default.aspx?link=city
West Michigan Tourist Association: http://www.wmta.org/

								
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