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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A+
Ann Arbor is a city in Michigan with a population of 119,303. Ann Arbor is in Washtenaw County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Ann Arbor offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Ann Arbor there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Ann Arbor and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Ann Arbor are highly rated.
About Ann Arbor...
Population
119,303

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$271,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,166
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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Ann Arbor Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    137.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    44.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    36.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    175.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,346.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    54.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    31%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    45%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Ann Arbor

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$61,247
National
$55,322
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Ann Arbor Reviews

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A sweet and enjoyable small town! Ann Arbor offers everything that you need in your day to day life. The town is filled with restaurants, shops, music venues, fantastic schools, grocery stores and the best farmers market! I really enjoy the small town feel, but it is also nice that we have access to Detroit and if you are up to a big adventure Chicago is only 4 hours away! I am here as a graduate student and I am very glad I chose to come to Ann Arbor. Everyday you will see students, working professionals, and retirees walking around the town, eating at restaurants and truly enjoying life! Also, the ARBORETUM is to die for (trust me, you will want to go see this place). I can definitely see myself raising my kids here one day! DEFINITELY A MUST SEE TOWN!
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Probably one of the most cleanest cities I've visited in Michigan. Very family friendly. Also, very lively and safe at night. Very diverse and has some of the best restaurants! You need to check out Taste Kitchen, Frita Batidos, Sava's, Aventura, and Slurping Turtle. You can visit the Michigan Stadium, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, and the Michigan Theatre. If you have children you can visit The Creature Conservancy, Leslie Science Center, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Gallup Park, and Pinball Pete's. Visit the local Ann Arbor Farmers Market and enjoy organic and fresh produce. By far the best city in Michigan!
I love Ann Arbor because it has the small town feel, while also having the city and nigh life atmosphere. The heart of this city is located on the campus of The University of Michigan, but it is also surrounded by many tight knit neighborhoods and high schools. There are unlimited restaurants located in downtown Ann Arbor. I have lived here for 16 years and still have not visited 75% of them. If you love family, food, sports, activities, adventure, great school systems, and a caring community then Ann Arbor is the perfect place!