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Old 07-19-2016, 06:28 PM
 
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Hello. Me and my husband are looking to buy affordable property in the thumb area and as we get closer to retirement will maybe want to make it our permanent residence. Thinking Caro, Ubly, Bad Axe, etc. We are winter people and love the snow. Can someone tell me what life is like up there? Are there issues with drugs, crime, etc. Also, is there a lot of racism? My husband is a fairly dark skinned, Mexican descent and I am mixed. We currently live in Auburn Hills where we don't have any issues here but we know there probably isn't much diversity up there. We both have professional careers in our 40's, no children, keep mostly to ourselves. We were thinking about even further north MI (not in the thumb), but we don't want to be too far away from this area (no more than 2 hours) as most of our family is still here. Any advice? Maybe other recommendations? Thanks.
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Friends who live up that way really love tawas
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Old 07-20-2016, 09:23 AM
 
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What do you consider to be affordable?

The region is the least densely populated in the lower peninsula. The winters are long and cold. If you are looking for complete isolation that is definitely the place to find it in the LP.

My family had a vacation home in Harbor Beach for many years and we enjoyed it, but rarely went up in the winter as there is literally nothing to do. I don't know of racism being an issue, but can honestly say I can't recall ever seeing a non-white person in the entire region. The communities in the region are small and tight knit. Whatever your race is, you'll likely be an outsider for many years.
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Old 07-20-2016, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Friends who live up that way really love tawas
Tawas City or East Tawas would work perfect for them, but they are asking about the THUMB, and Tawas isn't in the thumb.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:25 PM
 
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Isolation is exactly the word. And you'll see constant reminders of a time gone past. Abandoned 19th century schoolhouses, farmhouses, boarded up buildings at random intersections that signify it used to be a small town. And saying there is nothing to do cannot be overstated. Most of the towns in the thumb aren't really towns. Off the top of my head Bad Axe, Cass City and Caro could qualify as very, very small towns. There's simply not enough population density to have anything to do, and you'd have to travel quite a while for many basic conveniences.
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Old 07-22-2016, 01:34 PM
 
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Isolation is exactly the word. And you'll see constant reminders of a time gone past. Abandoned 19th century schoolhouses, farmhouses, boarded up buildings at random intersections that signify it used to be a small town. And saying there is nothing to do cannot be overstated. Most of the towns in the thumb aren't really towns. Off the top of my head Bad Axe, Cass City and Caro could qualify as very, very small towns. There's simply not enough population density to have anything to do, and you'd have to travel quite a while for many basic conveniences.
I forgot about this. Plan on having to travel 30 minutes or more every time you need groceries, fuel or any other basic necessities.

After taking a recent vacation on the Lake Michigan side of Northern Michigan, it really struck me how the Thumb is really a world apart from the rest of the state. There is absolutely no industry or economy to speak of outside of farming. The only tourist towns I can think of are Lexington and Port Austin, and they absolutely pale in comparison to places like Saugatuck, Petoskey or Traverse City.

It's an interesting place, but I can't imagine why anyone would choose to live there full time. We had a neighbor who stayed an entire year up there and swore he would never do it again. The winters are that desolate.
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