The secret’s out. If you want to pursue a creative field, one of the biggest things to take into consideration is cost of living so you can chase your passions. And if you need the best bang for your buck in a city that nurtures its creative class, Michigan is a top notch destination. Here, you can afford to be an artist, writer, musician or anything else in the arts field and not have to take a second job just to be able to afford your living and/or work space. Here are 10 cities that provide that balance and are actually really fun places to live and create.

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Really gives you something to think about, huh? Some of these places you wouldn’t necessarily call a destination, but maybe that should change. You’ll find some really special spaces in these towns that are nurtured by creative talent that build them.

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