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Take it from the locals, there’s no finer place to work or live than Ludington. For so many of us, the workday commute includes a trip through Stearns Park beach, with the North Breakwater Light and breakwall in view. We love to hear the steam whistle announce the arrival or departure of the S.S. Badger carferry, and we’re proud of our home port heritage. Ludington has several options for places to worship as well. Life here is just easier; a far cry from the traffic jams and stressful driving inherent in big cities. If you’re looking to move or relocate to Ludington, you won’t be sorry. It’s a fun, beautiful place to live, with good schools and jobs.
Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Ludington is a safe, clean community- small enough to be friendly and big enough to offer many advantages found in more metropolitan areas. If you’re moving here, you’ll discover we have unique downtown shops, large chain stores, family-owned restaurants, and many popular franchises. Our community is very supportive of its ever-growing visual and performing arts, especially with the addition of the Ludington Area Center for the Arts in the downtown region. Plus, we’re just a short drive from larger cities.
Relocating to Ludington, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the natural resources that abound here, from the Ludington State Park to forests, sand dunes, inland lakes with beautiful beaches and public parks to explore.. We have miles and miles of public beach to explore and our sunsets are some of the finest in the world. Beautiful marinas are just a few blocks from the heart of downtown and provide the perfect backdrop for the popular waterfront walkway.
Many residents first discovered Ludington while visiting one of our popular festivals or events, then decided to move here. The popular 4th of July Freedom Festival parade and fireworks hosted by the Ludington Area Jaycees, Gus Macker at Stearns Beach, or the Lakestride Half Marathon during the summer make Ludington a great place to live. And Ludington doesn’t just have events in the summer, there are many different activities that take place in the spring, fall, and winter, too!
Ludington is a very family-friendly town with many children’s activities all year. Our lakes provide the best in water recreation, and we’re the number one king salmon port on Lake Michigan, with over 65 charter captains to help you catch “the big one.” No other place provides more beautiful scenery for a hike or bike ride. With three golf courses in town (plus over a dozen courses within a half hour drive), a mini golf course right at the beach, six disc golf courses, bowling alleys, and a multiplex theater, entertainment is always available. There are also many activities held at the Mason County Fairgrounds, including the Western Michigan Fair, summer flea markets, and numerous horse shows.
Schools are top of the list when people decide to relocate and our town is such a wonderful place to raise children. The Ludington Area School District puts a strong emphasis on academic achievement and good citizenship. Classes are moderate in size, with graduating classes rarely exceeding 200. The music program is excellent, and the school offers many sports for girls and boys including football, track, basketball, baseball, wrestling, soccer, tennis, golf, swimming, volleyball, equestrian, and cross country. Our teams often boast winning seasons, and the Ludington Orioles are always known for their good sportsmanship. There are summer arts programs just for kids, and community clubs such as 4-H, chess, and scouting. For higher education, we’re so fortunate to have our very own West Shore Community College, offering a two-year program, with credits transferring easily to larger universities.
Corewell Health Ludington Hospital uses leading edge medical technology and employs a highly skilled hospital staff. Many health specialists have moved their practices to Ludington, providing our community with outstanding dental, vision, and medical care. Late in 2008, the Women’s Imaging Center opened, offering a comfortable and private environment for women to receive digital mammograms, bone densitometry tests, and pelvic and breast ultrasounds. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital has undergone an expansion, and an open house was held in late summer of 2013. The main entrance is now located on the south end of the hospital off Ludington Avenue. This is where visitors will enter as well as emergency patients. The surgical area has an additional operating room and the emergency section now has two trauma rooms and over 20 private exam rooms. Many health-related jobs can be found in Ludington’s medical community.
The cost of living in Ludington is relatively low compared to other communities with reasonable housing and apartments for people of all incomes. This is one of the reasons people move to this area of Michigan.
Condominiums are plentiful around the harbor area, and there are many new housing developments near town. Retirees find Ludington an ideal place to spend their golden years. Retirement communities and assisted care facilities are abundant and just minutes from the hospital. For those without a car, low-cost transportation is provided by the Ludington Mass Transit Authority and by local taxi services.
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The influx of summer tourists creates many job opportunities and our local industry provides a year-round base for employment. Large companies enjoying success here include OxyChem (formerly Dow Chemical), FloraCraft, Whitehall Industries, Metalworks, Brill Manufacturing, and Great Lakes Castings.
It happens time and time again, people come here to vacation, fall in love with the area, and decide to make it their home. Come explore what we have to offer, and join the good life in Ludington, along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.