The quintessential college town, Ann Arbor also appears regularly on “best of” lists. Forbes.com voted it the “#1 Most Educated City” in the nation, and USA TODAY named it the #6 city best city for well-being. Read more about Ann Arbor on the SPARK@Ann Arbor website and on the Ann Arbor Convention & Visitors Bureau site.
Ann Arbor’s unique mix of small-town charm and big-city sophistication makes it one of the best places to live in the country. Our 29 square miles include 158 parks, a clean and reliable public transportation system (U-M students ride free on city buses), a vibrant arts and culture scene, and an eclectic downtown featuring restaurants, galleries, shops, and cafes.
Economy and jobs. Ann Arbor’s unemployment rate is only 5.2%—far lower than the national average. There are dozens of startups in fields like software, life sciences, and clean energy. Major corporations like Google and Toyota have a significant regional presence here, and local success stories like Zingerman’s and ProQuest are always expanding and hiring.
Neighborhoods and schools. Livability.com rated Ann Arbor #13 on its “Top 100 Places to Live” list for 2014, and our award-winning schools and safe, clean neighborhoods were some of the reasons. Our town is a great place to raise a family.
Recreation. The Huron River runs through our town, and there are several places to rent canoes and kayaks, including the Outdoor Adventures Program, administered by the U-M Department of Recreational Sports. Nichols Arboretum and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens are also popular outdoor spots, especially when the peonies are in bloom. In winter, cross-country skiing and skating are popular.
Arts and entertainment. In addition to campus activities, the city of Ann Arbor also has many arts and cultural offerings. The nationally renowned Ann Arbor Film Festival just celebrated its 53rd year in 2015, and the week-long Ann Arbor Art Fairs attract hundreds of thousands of artists and visitors to the city every July. Musicians and performers from all over the world regularly come to town to perform, many of them at the university’s world-class music venues like Hill Auditorium, and Ann Arbor’s smaller, more intimate venues like the Blind Pig.
Athletics. We probably don’t have to tell you how important sports are in our town. Michigan Stadium has been the home to Wolverine football teams since 1927; it now seats 109,901, making it the largest college-owned stadium in the country.
As a U-M student, you will be eligible for reduced-price tickets to football games; and you can also watch U-M’s other 26 varsity sports teams, many of which offer free or reduced-price admission for U-M students. Read more about athletics in the Life at Michigan section of this website.
Location. It’s easy to get here, and easy to get away too! Detroit Metropolitan International Airport (DTW) is just half an hour down the highway, and Chicago and Toronto are each about a 5-hour car ride away.