About Ann Arbor

Where you’ll play

Welcome Ann Arbor

Come play in Ann Arbor…a vibrant, dynamic, and very friendly city…with a sophisticated blend of culture, sports, and cuisine. Forty-five thousand students from all 50 states and 114 countries call it “home.” Think abundant energy and talent combined with openness and optimism. Spend a little time here and you find our city has a special place in your heart…



Connect here

Rich in tradition and a pioneer in innovation, the University of Michigan features top graduate schools in medicine, law, business, dentistry, nursing, engineering, pharmacy, public health, and social work. Ann Arbor is a hub for entrepreneurs and start-ups. Lipitor was invented here. Google AdWords is headquartered here. Patients are helped and healed every day in our hospitals, clinics and laboratories. Be a part of the energy, excitement, and fun…


Stroll Here

Matthaei Botanical Garden
Matthaei Botanical Garden - photo courtesy of VisitAnnArbor.org

One of the best pedestrian-friendly cities in the USA, Ann Arbor offers abundant options for those who love the outdoors.  From downtown to Kerrytown, or any one of the many beautiful gardens, trails and parks along the banks of the Huron River, there is much to see and explore.


Eat here

Zingerman's Deli - photo courtesy of VisitAnnArbor.org

Known as a mecca for Foodies, Ann Arbor is much more than it’s most famous restaurant known as Zingerman’s.  Check out celebrity chef Eve Aronoff’s quirky and creative Cuban cuisine at Frita Batidos.  Or sushi at Pacific Rima…or pizza with pizazz at Mani Osteria.  All price levels can enjoy outstanding food and fun in Ann Arbor.


See it here

Michigan Theater
Michigan Theater - photo courtesy of VisitAnnArbor.org

From Heisman trophy winners to Nobel Laurites, from world class musicians like Yo-Yo Ma, Winton Marsalis, and Pink Martini, to Avant guard artists, poets, authors and hipsters…all love to perform in our acoustically amazing venues like Hill Auditorium.





Play here

Michigan Stadium
U-M Football Stadium - photo courtesy of VisitAnnArbor.org

When it's time to take a break, Ann Arbor knows how to savor every season.  Enjoy 14 indoor and outdoor recreational facilities. Chill with smooth jazz downtown, shop at the farmer's market in Kerrytown, cheer on the Wolverines in the legendary Big House—the largest stage in sports.  Discover a new artist at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. The choice is yours…


Live here

People from all over the world live, work and study in Ann Arbor. It’s a great place for students and professionals, singles and families, and the curious and creative. Be inspired by a very
affordable and exceptionally high quality of life. Ann Arbor consistently ranks as one of the best cities in America year after year:


Return here

Within just a few hours you can tickle your toes in a sandy beach along 1,500+ miles of Great Lakes shoreline, enjoy the solitude and scenery of the Upper Peninsula, or visit Chicago and Toronto. In less than an hour you can be in downtown Detroit, with a multitude of professional sports and entertainment options.  In 30 minutes at DTW, our international airport, for direct flights all over the USA and to Asia, Europe and South America.


Ann Arbor consistently ranks among the best American cities year after year:

2017 Rankings

2016 Rankings

  • "2016 Best Cities for Singles", #12 Ann Arbor, mlive.com
  • "2016 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs", #6 Ann Arbor, livability.com
  • "2016 Most Educated Cities", #1 Ann Arbor, Wallethub.com
  • "2016 Best Colleges", #2 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Time.com
  • "2016 Best Places to Live in Michigan", #1 Ann Arbor, Nichebeta.com
  • "2016 Best Cities for Millennials", #5 Ann Arbor, Forbes.com
  • "2016 Best Cities to Live in America", #4 Ann Arbor, Niche.com
  • "The 15 U.S. Towns Most Worthy of a Day Trip", #5 Ann Arbor, Esquire.com
  • "Best Cities for Women in the Workforce", #7 Ann Arbor, Nerdwallet.com 
  • "Top 20 Happiest Cities To Work In Right Now", #20 Ann Arbor, Forbes.com

2015 Rankings

  • "Best States in the County", #1 MichiganThrillist.com
  • "10 Cities That Are Secretly Great for Tech Grads", #6 Ann Arbor, DataFox.com
  • "Small American Cities of the Future," Human Capital, #1 Ann Arbor, fDi Magazine
  • "Small American Cities of the Future," Overall, #10 Ann Arbor, fDi Magazine
  • "Top 100 Best Cities to Live," #13 Ann Arbor, Livability
  • "Best College Cities and Towns in America"  #1  WalletHub
  • “#1 Most educated city”   WalletHub.com
  • "University of Michigan Top 10 Graduate Programs”  US News & World Report
  • “#1 City for Millennials” American Institute of Economic Research
  • “#3 City for IT Talent” CareerBulider

2014 Rankings

  • "Most Educated Cities", #1 Ann Arbor, Forbes.com
  • "Best Places to Live", Ann Arbor, Money.com 
  • "Top 100 Best Cities to Live", #13 Ann Arbor, Livability.com
  • "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
  • "Times Higher Education World Rankings", #15, University of Michigan
  • "America's Best Main Streets", South Main Street, Ann Arbor, The Huffington Post & Fodor's Travel

2013 Rankings

  • "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
  • "Best and Most Collaborative Large U.S. College", #1 University of Michigan, Huffington Post
  • "Top 10 College Towns", #2 Ann Arbor, Livability.com
  • "Top Public Colleges", #5 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Forbes
  • "Smartest Cities in America", #15 Ann Arbor, BusinessInsider.com
  • "Top 50 Cities Leading the Economic Recovery", Ann Arbor, Area Development Magazine
  • "10 Best Cities for Young Adults", #2 Ann Arbor, Kiplinger
  • "Best Cities for New Grads", Ann Arbor #2, Kiplinger