The midwest is a pretty big place. You need to consider many other factors in your life as well. Winters can be fairly long in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Lake Michigan offers a lot of oppertunity as does Huron, Superior and Erie. All can be accessed from some location in Michigan. Right now property is down in Michigan and when one reaches the age of receiving Social Security Michigan does not tax those benefits. Water is warmer as well, given the prevailing winds. Just giving some input, I live in the Milwaukee area and we have a lot of cultural activities and airport access, but higher taxes. You have a lot of factors to define and consider.