Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor has what makes life more than just studying. Ann Arbor successfully combines the comfort and charm of a small city with all the excitement of a metropolitan area. The city’s landscape is a pleasant blend of parks, office buildings, shops, tree-lined streets and historic preservation areas.

If you need a break from academics, the city and the University offer music, museums, theater, films, lectures and a constant stream of distinguished scholars, public figures, poets, writers and artists throughout the year. Both the city and the University sponsor a lively year-round calendar of cultural events. These events feature orchestras, troupes, touring companies and individual artists of national and international note. There is music for every taste — from classical and jazz to rock and folk — as well as fully-staged productions of opera, dance, musical theater and drama. In July, painters, potters, photographers and sculptors display their creations at the famous Ann Arbor Art Fairs, which literally transform the streets into a paved gallery.

And let us not forget recreation. The University offers excellent participatory sports facilities through the Recreational Sports Department. Michigan is also Big 10 sports at its best — football, basketball, baseball, hockey and swimming, as well as virtually all other men’s and women’s sports. On a more personal level, Ann Arbor’s surrounding countryside offers opportunities for canoeing, bicycling, lake swimming and picnicking.

Ann Arbor is also very conveniently located; central campus is located less than 25 miles from Detroit Metro Airport and less than 60 miles from all major Detroit attractions, such as The Detroit Institute of Arts, professional sporting events and music performances.

In short, Ann Arbor is everything you’d expect it to be — vital, intelligent, inspiring and fun.

 

Rankings

Ann Arbor, the Best Place to Live [PDF]

2014

"The 10 Most Intelligent Towns College Towns in America", #1 Ann Arbor, Zoomtens.com

"Top 25 Most Beautiful Cities in America" Ann Arbor, BudgetTravel.com

"Best Cities for New College Grads 2014" #7 Ann Arbor, Livability

"Best Cities for Well-Being" #6, Ann Arbor, USA Today and Gallup

"America's Best Main Streets" South Main Street, Ann Arbor, The Huffington Post & Fodor's Travel

2013

"Most Walkable Cities" #4 Ann Arbor, Governing.com

"America's Top 25 High-Tech Hotspots" #18 Ann Arbor, Richard Florida, The Atlantic Cities

"Top 100 Best Places to Live" #13 Ann Arbor, Livability.com

"Best Places for Business and Careers in 2013" Ann Arbor, Forbes

"Top 10 College Towns" #2 Ann Arbor, Livability.com

"Smartest Cities in America" #15 Ann Arbor, BusinessInsider.com

"10 Best Cities for Young Adults" #2 Ann Arbor, Kiplinger 

"10 Coolest Cities in the Midwest" Ann Arbor, MSN Travel

"Best Cities for New Grads" Ann Arbor #2, Kiplinger

2010-2012

"Best College Towns" Ann Arbor #9 Livability.com

"Best Cities for Education in America" Ann Arbor #10 Parenting.com

"America's Best Small Cities"-- Ann Arbor, Money Magazine

"Most Creative Cities"-- Ann Arbor #4 The Daily Beast

"Greatest Main Street in America"--Ann Arbor #10 TravelandLeisure.com

"Happiest Cities in America"--Ann Arbor #5, The Daily Beast

“10 Most Educated Cities,” Ann Arbor #2, US News and World Report

“Most Well-Read Cities in America,” Ann Arbor #4, Amazon.com

“America’s Best Hospitals,” U-M Hospitals and Medical Center #14, U.S. News and World Report

“World’s Best Universities,” University of Michigan #18, Higher Times Education

“25 Smartest College Towns in US,’ Ann Arbor #4, Daily Beast

“Walk Friendly Community” Gold Level, Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center

“Best College Sports Town,” Ann Arbor #1, Forbes

"Most Educated Cities in US," Ann Arbor #2, American Community Survey

"Top Digital Cities," Ann Arbor #6, Center for Digital Government

"75 Best College Towns and Cities," Ann Arbor #2, American Institute for Economic Research

"Best Places for Recent College Grads," Ann Arbor #3, Forbes.com

"America's Most Livable Cities," Ann Arbor #4, Forbes.com

"Top 10 College Towns" Ann Arbor #1,  Forbes Magazine

"America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities, Ann Arbor #14, Bicycling Magazine

"Smartest College Towns," Ann Arbor #2, Daily Beast Media Gallery

 

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