Top Benefits of Living in the Midwest


People often refer to the Midwest as the “flyover” state, but if you’re simply flying over this area when traveling coast to coast, you’re missing out on some of the most stunning places in the United States. The Midwest has so much to offer when it comes to nature, culture, and overall quality of life. If you find yourself intrigued by life in the central area of the country, I urge you to consider moving here. There are many benefits to building a career, a family, or living in the Midwest—here are some of the top reasons why.

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Cost of Living

First of all, the most obvious reason many people migrate inward from the coasts is due to the low cost of living, and many Midwest states consistently fall in the top ten when it comes to ranking the most affordable states in the country. Some of these states are Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. Here, homes are incredibly affordable compared to coastal cities. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself. Check out Cincinnati houses for sale compared to Boston houses for sale.

Both are large metropolitan areas, although Cincinnati is about half the size. If you can find two houses about the same square footage, you’ll find a huge difference in affordability when it comes to the home in Cincinnati. If you dream of owning a big home with a large yard and a garage (the latter two are rarely available in a large city) heading to the Midwest is going to give you that opportunity.

A drawback of living in the Midwest, for many, is the lack of job opportunities compared to large cities along the coast. However, thanks to an abundance of jobs offering remote or hybrid work options, the playing field is now leveled for those all over the country. One can easily take a job in Austin, Texas, and work just as productively from the comfort of their own (more affordable) home in Sioux Falls.

Quality of Life

Whether you’re looking to retire, raise a family, or just get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Midwest is the perfect place to settle down if you can appreciate a slower-paced lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, large cities are terrific for many things—job opportunities, social activities, diversity—but sometimes it’s time to take a deep breath and slow down a little. If you’ve always dreamed of owning a spacious home in a small town where your neighbors all know your name, the Midwest has a place for you. Cities also see high crime, due to the dense populations and ample opportunity available to commit a crime. The Midwest has its share of crime, no doubt, but you’ll feel much safer knowing your kids are out playing at the park down the street than you would in New York City or San Francisco.

Living in the Midwest means relying on a vehicle for transportation in most cases, which isn’t always ideal for every person. But, if you’re the type that loves a late-night drive on a winding country road instead of a crowded subway car or an unreliable bus, this is the place for you.

Natural Attractions

Heading to Central Park in New York City is a ball, but it’s hardly a stunning display of all nature has to offer. What makes a city unique is a complete opposite of what people find appealing about the Midwest and other more rural areas of the country, and while there is certainly intrigue in both, the Midwest is a better choice for those who love the outdoors.

The geography of this area is absolutely gorgeous, and within that nature is diversity. In the span of a few hours, you can visit a vast field of flowers, a tumbling waterfall, and the perfect mountain climbing spot. The Midwest may be far from the ocean, but the lakes are just as beautiful, if not more. Plus, if you ever get the urge to visit a coastal attraction like the beaches of California or Maryland, you’re equidistant from both!


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