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Area Description

Surrounded by the natural beauty that leads into northern Michigan, Ludington & Mason County's friendly communities offer a wealth of opportunity for fulfilling work and play experiences.This natural paradise is ideal for singles, young couples, families, and active seniors.

People moving into the Ludington area are always amazed at all that makes this area special. We offer miles of extraordinary Lake Michigan beaches, a deep water port, historic car ferry, and the friendly small town lifestyle and exceptional property values compared to other shoreline communities. Other important features include a top-notch medical facility, high-quality education, Ludington State Park, top ranked marinas and charter fishing, and a welcoming environment.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The port city of Ludington claims a first-rate public beach, an array of public parks, and a downtown district full of unique shops all easily accessible in a centrally located business district.

The highly developed public recreation system provides easy access to the county's 238 miles of streams and rivers, and miles of pristine Great Lakes coastline and serene inland lakes. The 4,500 acres of state park and recreational areas and more than 1,000 acres of state boating and fishing sites make every day an invitation to fun.

Cultural Activities

Highlights include: S.S. Badger Carferry, Historic White Pine Village, Lighthouses, Scottville Riverside Park, Ludington Pumped Storage Park & Lakewinds Energy Park, Sandcastles Children's Museum, Waterfront Sculpture Park & Playground, the Ludington Area Center for the Arts

Public transportation

Ludington Mass Transit Authority (city-wide dial-a-ride service)

Medical Facilities

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is an 87-bed acute care hospital located in Ludington, Michigan in Mason County along the shore of Lake Michigan.

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital has a wide range of services that includes inpatient medical, surgical, step-down, obstetrical and critical care units, as well as a 14-bed inpatient behavioral health unit. Outpatient services include laboratory; cancer and hematology services; a full complement of medical imaging diagnostic services, including a 64-slice CT and fixed-based 1.5 Tesla MRI; a Women's Imaging Center complete with digital mammography, bone density and pelvic and breast ultrasound; comprehensive cardiopulmonary services; rehabilitation services in the area's most comprehensive rehab facility; and an array of outpatient surgical procedures.

In addition, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital has 24-hour emergency department care, including a “FastER track” service for treatment of minor illness and injuries with minimal wait time; and a comprehensive sleep lab with sleep disorders testing and diagnostic services.

Dialysis services are offered on our campus by DaVita Healthcare. Specialties on our medical staff include general and vascular surgery, orthopaedic surgery, pediatrics, ENT, oncology and hematology, emergency medicine, urology, and psychiatry, as well as family practice, internal medicine, anesthesiology, radiology, pathology, ophthalmology and OB/GYN.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  18.0  23.5  29.0  2.0 "  25.7 "
 Feb  19.0  26.0  33.0  1.7 "  17.9 "
 Mar  25.0  33.5  42.0  2.4 "  7.3 "
 Apr  35.0  45.5  56.0  3.3 "  1.8 "
 May  44.0  55.0  66.0  3.3 "  0.0 "
 Jun  54.0  64.5  75.0  3.5 "  0.0 "
 Jul  59.0  69.5  80.0  3.0 "  0.0 "
 Aug  58.0  68.0  78.0  3.5 "  0.0 "
 Sep  51.0  60.5  70.0  3.9 "  0.0 "
 Oct  41.0  49.0  57.0  3.6 "  0.2 "
 Nov  32.0  38.5  45.0  3.4 "  5.3 "
 Dec  23.0  28.0  33.0  2.5 "  26.1 "

During the Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the mid 50's. Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 20's and highs in the low 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 10's.

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Cost of Living for Ludington Area, MI

Ludington Area, Michigan cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Waterfront condominiums provide great opportunities for buyers by offering a wide selection of options, including converted loft-style condos, all at excellent prices. Affordable lakefront housing can be found on many of the wonderful inland lakes throughout the county.

Senior Assistance in Ludington Area, MI

Ludington Area, Michigan offers the following assistance for seniors:

Seniors looking to enjoy their golden years here find a community full of possibilities for socializing and involvement. The Ludington area offers accessible public parks, an expanding library, cultural arts programs, lifelong learning classes, excellent health care facilities and much more. This friendly Lake Michigan shoreline community with its small town atmosphere is ideal for those who want to find new hobbies, explore the outdoors and continue learning.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Employment throughout the county is spread between manufacturing, agricultural, retail trade, financial/insurance, government, health care and social services. Globally competitive companies include FloraCraft Corporation, Occidental Chemical Company, Haworth, Metalworks, Harsco Track Technologies, Great Lakes Castings Corporation, Indian Summer Co-op and Whitehall Industries.

Giving back to the community is a longstanding Mason County tradition that has made our cities and outlying communities a place of opportunity, hope and help for people of all backgrounds. A smaller community provides a simpler means of getting connected and making a difference. Go to www.volunteerwestmichigan.org to find your online resource for volunteer opportunities.

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