Quality of Life

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Settled in the forested hills of Hillsdale County, the City of Hillsdale offers a small-town lifestyle coupled with natural beauty and abundant recreational, educational and arts and cultural opportunities.

Situated conveniently close to the downtown, the nationally-acclaimed Hillsdale College provides residents and visitors with educational and cultural opportunities through its fine arts and theatrical programs. The Jackson College LeTarte Center is in close proximity to both downtown and business sectors and offers a wide variety of workplace-training, post-secondary, and continuing education programs for area residents.

Excellent educational opportunities abound with Hillsdale Community SchoolsWill Carleton Academy, and Hillsdale Preparatory School providing public and private K-12 education.

The Hillsdale Hospital provides state-of-the-art health care to regional residents and is the only acute care hospital facility in Hillsdale County.

The agricultural heritage of Hillsdale remains central to both its character and community. The Hillsdale County Fairgrounds celebrates this heritage throughout the year with a variety of events including the Hillsdale County Fair, one of the longest-running agricultural fairs in Michigan. From May through October, the Hillsdale Farmers' Market features a bountiful variety of local produce and craft goods.

Hillsdale County itself is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise with 350 lakes and ponds and holds the headwaters of five major rivers. Many lakes, including Lake Baw Beese, are located within the Hillsdale City limits and offer a wide variety of watersports activities. Multiple City-owned parks and the Baw Beese Trail, an 8-mile walking and biking path, offer residents and visitors the chance to enjoy outdoor activities year round.

The City of Hillsdale is committed to protecting area water resources from contamination through participation in the Michigan Wellhead Protection Program. For more information about this program, please click here.