Ann Arbor

Nestled along the banks of the Huron River and located 45 minutes west of downtown Detroit, Ann Arbor offers a compact urban experience that appeals to students, professionals, singles and families. It is an ethnically diverse and culturally rich Midwestern enclave that attracts visitors and residents from all over the world.

While the University employs close to 10% of the city's population, the high concentration of professionals in the area has created an environment where many research and high-tech companies thrive.

As a four-season city, residents participate in the many outdoor recreation options available, like taking in the fall splendor of changing leaves while canoeing on the Huron River, cross-country skiing at a local park, browsing the Ann Arbor Antiques market in the fresh spring air, and hitting a round at one of the many golf courses in the area.

Great schools, charming neighborhoods and enriching activities make Ann Arbor an inviting place for families to grow up. Within a short drive, there are several small towns that offer shopping, restaurants and fun places to play. Chelsea, Dexter, Dixboro, Milan, Plymouth, Saline and Tecumseh are perfect destinations for an afternoon of exploring.

In addition to the more than 200 restaurants that feature cuisine from around the world, Ann Arbor offers an abundance of extracurricular diversions year-round with its multitude of local festivals and events, performing arts and collegiate sports.

The chronicles of Ann Arbor as the city host to the University of Michigan undeniably contribute to the history of our great institution and vice versa. This symbiotic relationship has long been essential to each one's growth and prosperity. Great care is taken to bring out the best in both.

Just one visit and you will quickly understand why Ann Arbor is consistently voted one of the best places to live, work and play in the United States.

Top Reasons to Live in Ann Arbor

  • Smart, friendly and diverse community
  • Home to a top university and all that provides (e.g., exceptional arts and entertainment options)
  • Sophistication of large metro area with convenience of small town (no traffic!)
  • High-quality K-12 schools in safe neighborhoods
  • Parks and outdoor adventure opportunities galore
  • World-class health care service for all ages
  • Recognized as innovation and growth engine
  • Only 25 minutes to an international, hub-city airport
  • Proximity to Detroit - a city to watch closely

Ann Arbor is a great town, with all of the cultural amenities of a larger
metropolitan area without most of the problems. People who are attracted here have Midwestern values. My colleagues are great people whose personal and professional choices reflect their commitment to patient care, education, and the discovery of new knowledge.

Ed Hurvitz, M.D.
Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Harold W. and Helen L. Gehring Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

photo of Ann Arbor Art Fair interior of Hill Auditorium street dining in Ann Arbor Huron River