Hi, Janet. I am not in MI, but this tip applies to any community in the U.S. Log on to www.city-data.com and you will see all kinds of information about your target city and a usually spirited local discussion. You can ask questions there as well. The most important thing you can do to get a good feel for your new home is to make sure you find a Realtor who you like and who will form a partnership with you to find exactly the right place for you. Good luck!