A Family Guide To

Macomb County

Macomb County offers friendly communities and plenty of fun for families. Find out more about living and learning in Macomb. Plus, learn why it’s a great place to raise a family.

Sponsored by The Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development
and the Macomb Intermediate School District

Every parent wants to raise their children in a safe and peaceful community that has good schools and plenty of opportunities for family bonding — and that’s exactly what families find in Macomb County.

This southeast Michigan county is the state’s third most populous and is home to 27 thriving cities, 21 public school districts, villages and townships that are prime for family fun all year long.

In the spring, Macomb County offers plenty of local farmers markets to shop and, as the weather gets warmer, families can also enjoy the great outdoors at one of the many waterways in the area that are perfect for fishing or kayaking.

Too cold to be on the water? Try a hiking or biking trail in the county, or if the season’s right, visit a local cider mill or sledding hill.

But family fun isn’t the only draw to Macomb.

The county also offers schools that set kids up for success through reading programseducation fairscareer exploration, apprenticeship opportunities and an Early College partnership with Macomb Community College and two International Baccalaureate High Schools.

And, with its designation as a “welcoming community” by Welcoming America, all families will find comfort in Macomb no matter who they are or where they come from (with English as a second language classes and other programming to help).

Here, find details on living in, learning in and loving Macomb County. Take a look if you’re looking for a new home or even if you live there already — you may discover a gem hidden in your community.

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Living

in Macomb County 

Kids can get bored with the same ol’ thing day after day, and that means that the community you live in must have fun things for them to do on the weekends or in their free time.

And Macomb County has no shortage of outdoor activities, places to play and other fun offerings. 

Take a look at some of the top annual county events, including holiday activities, local parks and nature areas, amusement attractions, community sports, stage shows and much more. 

Labor Day Events and More September Fun in Macomb County

Pack a bit more fun into the end of summer at one of these Labor Day weekend, late summer and early fall events in Macomb County.

Family-Friendly Water Trails and Paddle Sport Fun in Macomb County

Get expert advice on kayaking or canoeing with kids, where to rent equipment and a list of water trails in Macomb County for you and your family to enjoy.

Events and Activities to Bust Summer Boredom in Macomb County

Find great events and activities in Macomb County to keep the kids entertained when they cry that they're bored this summer.

Learning

in Macomb County 

A good education can set kids up for lifelong success, so it’s no wonder that the quality of school districts can make or break a community for parents. 

Luckily for parents that settle in Macomb, there’s no worries when it comes to the level of education their kids are getting because the districts within the county are top-notch. 

Read up on why Macomb County’s schools are in a league of their own along with some of the extracurricular learning opportunities and career programming offered for kids of all ages and abilities.

School Safety Tips for Macomb County Students

It is always a good time to review safety tips with your child at the beginning of a new school year. Here, experts with the Macomb Intermediate School Districts offer tips to help kids stay safe.

How to Enroll Your Macomb County Student in Kindergarten

Kindergarten is an important piece of setting kids up for educational success. Find out what you need to do to enroll your kindergartner in Macomb County this year.

Free Career Training and Certifications Offered in Macomb County

Find out how Macomb County prepares its residents for careers through free job training and certification programs at Macomb Community College.
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Things to Love

About Macomb County 

Of course, fun and education aren’t the only things to consider when choosing a place to live or staying in a community once you are settled — you have to love your community, too. 

Officials in Macomb County work hard to create a real community that welcomes families and gives them a reason to want to be there. 

Get details on some of the work that’s being done to ensure that families, individuals, businesses and other organizations thrive in the county, including information on how they tackled COVID, ways they help immigrants learn new skills, services for low-income residents and more.

How to Safely Preserve Food with Kids

Canning or otherwise preserving food can extend the shelf-life of your produce but it's important you do it safely. A Macomb County food preservation expert explains.

Green Macomb Urban Forest Partnership Works to Increase Tree Canopy in the County

Learn why having a solid tree canopy is valuable and how this Macomb County initiative is working to plant more trees in the community.

What You Need to Know About Macomb County’s Children’s Mobile Crisis Unit Program

Kids in crisis in Macomb County can receive immediate assistance thanks to the county's new Children's Mobile Crisis Unit Program. Here's what you need to know.

The Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development works hard to enrich the lives of families living in Macomb County through family events, seasonal activities and much more. Visit them online to learn more about making Macomb your home.

Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) is the largest ISD in the state and services 19,000 students with special needs throughout the county. Additionally, they provide professional development, financial and technology services to districts in the county. Learn more about their mission online at MISD.net.