Thinking about making a change to where you call home? If so, let us lend a hand in helping you seek out that next great place to hang your hat and lay down some roots.

It's not always an easy task to find that perfect city to live in without a little inside scoop to go by. Thanks to HGTV, you now have a little 'cheat sheet' to help narrow down the search. They just released a list of The 50 Best Places to Live in the United States, and two of the best are right here in Michigan.

HGTV compiled its list based on stats and rankings from the U.S. News & World Report of the Best Places to Live in the U.S. The things considered were "the local job market, housing affordability, quality of life, the desirability of living in that area for non-residents, and the area's appeal in actually attracting new residents".

What Two Michigan Cities Ranked in The 50 Best Places to Live in the United States?

This year, not just one but two Michigan cities earned spots on this prestigious list. First up is the city of Ann Arbor, which has impressively claimed the #19 spot. It also landed a sweet #11 spot as Best Placed to Retire for U.S. News & World Report. Here's the dish from HGTV;

"Located just 45 minutes west of Detroit, this college town prides itself on inclusivity and attracts millions of visitors each year with its indie bookstores, eclectic coffee shops, theaters, and unbeatable Indian, Japanese, and Korean restaurants."

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Joining the home of the Big House was Grand Rapids, which proudly secured the #45 spot. HGTV said of the home of Amway;

"Michigan's Fulton Street Market is just one reason US News & World Report also named Grand Rapids as #38 on their list of the best places to retire. More than 1,200 acres of city parks, a thriving craft brewery scene, and a commitment to public art make Grand Rapids a great destination for city adventurers."

It's a pretty impressive showing for Michigan considering how many cities are scattered across the country. Take a look at the full rankings of The 50 Best Places to Live in the United States here. 

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Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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