Living in Marquette

NMU Crew team practicing in the lower harbor

Northern is located in the city of Marquette (pop. 20,000) in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The region offers: 11 hiking trails; 96 miles of cross country ski trails; 500 miles of snowmobile trails; 11 accessible waterfalls; and 10 miles of city bike paths.

The city of Marquette combines a dramatic natural wonderland of shoreline, forest and hills with a vibrant cultural community, progressive education, business and healthcare. Residents are known for their can-do attitude and warm friendliness, despite the area receiving over 180 inches of snow each year.

There are restaurants, theaters, art galleries and unique shopping. Want something to do? Year round, the Marquette community hosts sporting events, concerts, art shows and dozens of other events.

But don't just trust us. See what these other websites have to say about this Cool City.

National Accolades for Marquette, Michigan 

America’s Top Mountain Bike Towns, USA Today (Oct. 2013)

Most Romantic City in the United States, Redbox (Feb. 2013)

Top 20 Micropolitans in the U.S., Site Selection magazine (March 2011)

10 Winter Wonderlands for Retirement. (Jan. 2011) U.S. News and World Report

2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service presented to Marquette’s Peter White Public Library from The Institute of Museum and Library Service.

Ten Best Small Cities to Raise a Family. (Oct. 2010) Forbes

Five-Star Top Performing Entrepreneurial Community. (Oct. 2010) University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Bicycle Friendly Communities. (2010) League of American Bicyclists

7 Top Midwest City Beaches. (Aug. 2010) Midwest Living.

10 great places to feel like an Olympic Champion – USOEC. (Feb. 2010) USA Today

2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations and No. 1 Fan Favorite (Feb. 2010) National Trust for Historic Preservation

100 Best Communities for Young People (2008, 2007, 2005; Only 3-time winning community in Michigan) America’s Promise Alliance

Best places to live in rural America. (2008) Progressive Farmer  

Top 50 Vacation Getaways. Mackinac Island #27, U.P. #41. (March 2008) Disney Family Travel

Top 200 Towns for Outdoorsmen. Marquette is #7. Only town in Michigan. (2008) Outdoor Life

Top Ten Winter Outdoor Family Getaways. (2008), (Division of Orbitz)

Top 25 Shortest Commutes. No. 1. (2008)

Top 25 Places for Singles to Meet Their Match. (2008)

Best places to buy vacation property. The Upper Peninsula. (2006) Men's Journal

Top 10 global summer vacation destinations. (U.P.), Sherman's Travel, 2006.

Best Art Towns in America. (2005) Book by John Villani

America's Most Livable Communities. (2004) Partners for Livable Communities,

Michigan Cool City. (2004) State of Michigan

All-America County. (2003) National Civic League


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