We Michiganders are biased.

Of course we think our state is beautiful. What's not to love? We've got breathtaking fall colors, magnificent sand dunes, and more freshwater shoreline than any other state.

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But then again, every state probably thinks they're special.

Photos via Canva and JR, Townsquare Media Lansing
Photos via Canva and JR, Townsquare Media Lansing


How does Michigan's beauty compare to that of other states? Turns out we're just as pretty as we think we are.

Michigan Ranked Among the Top 10 Most Beautiful States in America

Shareably recently ranked every state in the US by its beauty. Michigan was the only state east of the Mississippi River to make the Top 10, ranking at #8.

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Here's what Shareably had to say about Michigan:

Taken individually, the Upper or Lower Peninsulas of Michigan could have easily secured high rankings on this list. However, when you combine them, you’re blessed with 3,288 miles of pure Michigan coastline, making it the most beautiful state east of the Mississippi River. This is quite a statement, particularly for a Midwestern state, considering how Michigan’s neighboring states fared in this ranking. From the pristine forests of the Upper Peninsula to the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan, the rugged coast of Lake Huron, and the more than 11,000 inland lakes in between, Michigan offers an abundance of natural beauty. You could spend years exploring Michigan and still not reach the end of its magnificent waters.

That's high praise!

Curious about where Michigan's neighbors around the Great Lakes ranked? Well, Illinois came in at #48 out of 50, with Indiana only slightly ahead of it at #47. Ohio was 44th, while Wisconsin rolled in at #23.

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