7.3 out of 10

East White Rd, Michigan

44.8039353143966 -85.7595471959044
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Internet Access
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"Middle of Nowhere, 30 Miles from 7 Million People"

20 Miles from Muskegon, MI and 30 Miles from Grand Rapids, but the population density is higher for deer and wild turkey here than for people. 10 to 30 miles from all the public beaches and boat launches you could ever want on at least 8 inland lakes, 2 major rivers and dozens of smaller streams, not to mention Lake Michigan. Trout, bass, walleye, you name it, just minutes away. Significant state & federal lands tucked away all over the place, much of it underused. Jobs pay fairly well, property is affordable and food is cheap.
People here tend to be friendly and outgoing, mind their own business, and are there when you need them. My closest neighbor is right accross the road and is still 200 yds. away. I have know him all his life. My next closest neighbor is his father. He is a quarter mile away. He's known me all my life.
If I see more than a dozen cars on my 23 mile, 29 minute, 6:00 am commute I think it's "gridlock." Major highways near the cities can be congested but there are often parallel secondary routes with almost no one on them. The road system is extensive and generally in pretty good repair. Many of these are as scenic as anyone could hope for.
I can see for miles in a 300 degree arc from my yard. This is what I see: a few nice homes, acres and acres of manicured farm fields bordered by large trees and green ditches, a gravel road stretching a mile and a half where it turns to black top and stretches off as far as you can see, significant areas of deciduous forest, a couple of pine plantations, grazing horses, pastured cattle and usually a John Deere or two going about their business.
It's so quiet here you can hear the semi-tractors roaring by on M-46 two miles away. You can hear the mourning doves' call, the pheasants' cackle, sometimes a distant coyote's howl. You can hear yourself think, feel good soil between your fingers, smell clean air (or some neighbor's manure, which smells like money to him, and to me too), taste homegrown fruit and vegtables and meat, touch your kid's cheek, and feel just a little superior to people who've never had the chance...
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

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