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Board games have gotten more popular the past few years, largely because of the pandemic and people being forced to find ways to entertain themselves when they weren’t allowed to go out. As it turns out, more than half (56%) of Americans attend game nights, and 70% say the best part about playing games is spending quality time with family, according to SolitaireBliss.com.

A new study from SolitaireBliss.com pinpoints the most popular board game in each state and major U.S. city. What’s funny to me is that I’ve never even heard of the most popular board game in Michigan. I thought it might be Monopoly or Life or one of the classics, but this one is a pure mystery to me. I love those games, by the way. It’s been too long since I’ve played Life.

So, what’s the most popular board game in Michigan? It’s Catan. Yeah. Again, I’ve never heard of it. In Detroit, the most popular board game is chess. That makes more sense to me. According to Wikipedia, Catan is, “Catan, previously known as The Settlers of Catan or simply Settlers, is a multiplayer board game designed by Klaus Teuber. It was first published in 1995 in Germany by Franckh-Kosmos Verlag as Die Siedler von Catan.” Where have I been all these years?

According to the study, “When asked their favorite part of playing board games, 70% say they get to spend quality time with their family, 65% say it’s because they get to spend quality time with their friends, 56% enjoy the mental challenge and 56% say it’s because they grew up playing board games. Nearly half (49%) enjoy the competition aspect of it all.” That makes sense, and my favorite thing about playing games is the friendship involved. View the full study results and more cities and states here, and happy gaming.

Michigan: The 35 Best Places to Live in the State for 2022

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  • Okemos

    Okemos

    Enjoy the convenience of this beautiful community and quiet location near Michigan State University. Hand-crafted and award-winning restaurants offer amazing flavor. Shop our stores and find great deals at the [...]

  • Troy

    Troy

    For all your shopping needs, spend the day at the magnificent Somerset Collection and find the most exclusive shopping in Michigan.For the outdoor enthusiasts, explore 900 acres of parklands, two golf courses and be sure to check out the world famous Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise.

  • Bloomfield Township

    Bloomfield Township

    Its 26 square miles are distinquished by rolling hills, winding roads, and scenic lakes and streams. Its business community is thriving and growing.Vibrant businesses include shops and restaurants and can be found particularly along the Telegraph and Woodward Avenue corridors.

  • Huntington Woods

    Huntington Woods

    The city is widely known as the "City of Homes", as it consists mostly of residences. Rackham Golf Course is located along the southern end of the city.The western portion of the Detroit Zoo is located within the city [...]

  • Beverly Hills

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  • Grosse Pointe Park

    Grosse Pointe Park

    Bordering on Lake Saint Clair, it is the westernmost of the noted Grosse Point suburbs, with the oldest overall housing stock of the five cities. Home to many who commute to Detroit on a daily basis. They are often referred to simply as "GPP" or "The Park."

  • Novi

    Novi

    Home to Suburban Collection Showplace, the largest privately owned Conference, Convention and Exhibition Center in Michigan, hosting a variety of events year round.Lakes, golf and trails offer a wide variety of [...]

  • East Grand Rapids

    East Grand Rapids

    It is located adjacent to beautiful Reeds Lake, just a few miles from downtown Grand Rapids, at the east end of Wealthy Street.The highlight of East Grand Rapids is the Gaslight Village shopping district. It also features John Collins Park on Reeds Lake, with a well-developed walking trail along the lake.

  • Northville

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  • Haslett

    Haslett

    Haslett is most notable for being the home of Lake Lansing. The lake is approximately 500 acres and features two public parks, allowing access to beaches, fishing, and a boat launch.The Michigan State University Sailing [...]

  • Ann Arbor

    Ann Arbor

    You may come to the Ann Arbor area to experience world-class dining, or unique shopping. Perhaps you travel here for an event - a football game, the famous Art Fair or a conference. Ann Arbor is a treasured Michigan destination with fun to be had year-round.

  • Birmingham

    Birmingham

    This attractive town is a delight to the senses. It is refined by pedestrian-friendly streets filled with upscale shopping, dining to please every palate with nightlife and more.Combinging the perfect blend of outdoor ambiance, arts and entertainment, Birmingham invites you to experience their town. Come to shop, dine and play.

  • Lodi Township

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  • Grosse Pointe Farms

    City of Grosse Pointe Farms

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  • Farmington

    Farmington

    Explore Farmington's Historic District and take part in an informal walking tour of the many architectural and historic sites including the Masonic Temple and Governor Warner Mansion.The Farmington Civic Theater, fully [...]

  • Royal Oak

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  • Berkley

  • Eastgate

    Living in Eastgate

    Eastgate is a neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a population of 9,421. Eastgate is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Eastgate offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes.

  • Northville Township

    Northville Township, MI

    The Charter Township of Northville is a vibrant, safe and active community of 31,000 located in western Wayne County. What was once a quaint farming region, now is a thriving, charming residential and business community. Home to some of the world's leading automotive research and development firms, it also has an extensive network of pathways, wooded areas and parks.

  • Grosse Pointe

    Grosse Pointe

    The picturesque retail district provides unique shopping and business opportunities while residents enjoy a distinctive small-town atmosphere.The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family. The home reflects their love of family as well as the mutual passion for art.

  • Eastown

    Living in Eastown

    Eastown is a neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a population of 9,074. Eastown is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Eastown offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes.

  • Fulton Heights

    Living in Fulton Heights

    Fulton Heights is a neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a population of 1,818. Fulton Heights is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Fulton Heights offers residents a sparse urban feel and most residents own their homes.

  • Forest Hills

    Living in Forest Hills

    Forest Hills is a suburb of Grand Rapids with a population of 27,830. Forest Hills is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Forest Hills offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes.

  • Franklin

    Franklin Cider Mill

    A national historical site, built in 1832. We sell many fresh products including freshly pressed cider, hot donuts, freshly baked pies and caramel and candy apples made on the premises. We also have smoked beef and many varieties of cheese. Open Labor Day weekend - Thanksgiving weekend.

  • Pittsfield Township

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  • Larkin Charter Township

    Welcome to Larkin Charter Township

    MATS Public Open House 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program - Share Your Comments Wednesday, May 11, 2022 5-7 PM @ Midland County Services Building, 220 W. Ellsworth St, Midland - Main Atrium MATS presents the Proposed FY 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program draft document. Public review period extends to May 31, 2022.

  • Rochester Hills

    Rochester Hills, MI

    Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the top places to live by several sources including CNNMoney magazine, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation's preeminent places to live, work and raise a family.

  • Pleasant Ridge

    Pleasant Ridge

    The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is home to more than 60,000 works of art from ancient times through the 21st Century, and from Van Gogh to Diego Rivera.The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres with many naturalistic habitats housing more than 2,500 mammals, birds, and reptiles representing 280 different species.

  • Grosse Pointe Woods

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  • Farmington Hills

    Farmington Hills

    We have over 600 acres of public parks, including William Grace Dog Park. Splash Pad is located inside Heritage Park, play in a series of fountains and sprayers that is fun for all ages.Play 18 at the Farmington Hills [...]

  • Rochester

    Downtown Rochester, MI

    A perfect mix of historic and hip, downtown Rochester attracts both local residents and visitors from across the state of Michigan. Downtown Rochester is home to more than 350 shops, salons, restaurants and professional service businesses; 85% of which are independent merchants.

  • Oakland Charter Township

    About Oakland Township

    Charter Township of Oakland is a charter township in the northeastern portion of Oakland County, in the outskirts of Metro Detroit, in the State of Michigan. The population was 16,779 at the 2010 census. Oakland Township is less densely populated than neighboring townships to the west, south, and east; and retains many elements of a rural, wooded residential bedroom community.

  • St. Joseph

    St. Joseph

    Poised atop a bluff along the Lake Michigan shore, sits quaint St. Joseph, one of Michigan's featured Beachtowns. Brick streets welcome visitors downtown to relax as they browse through unique shops and enjoy dining spots in this resort town. Shops display art, antiques, collectibles and lighthouse memorabilia in addition to clothing and giftware.

  • Plymouth

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  • Ottawa Hills

    Ottawa Lake

    Be sure to bring your clubs and experience over 72 magnificent holes of golf, each with their own distinct character and a wide range of challenges.Enjoy U-Pick options every Fall at Bennett's Orchard and Gust Brothers Pumpkin Farm. Be sure to get your baked goods at The Country Red Barn Cafe.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!