Sidewalk diners in downtown Ann Arbor

Living in Ann Arbor

Consistently voted one of the best places to live, work and play in the United States

The City of Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan — one of the finest universities in the world and premier medical schools in the country.

The Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor

Nestled along the banks of the Huron River and located 45 miles west of downtown Detroit, Ann Arbor offers a unique blend of city sophistication and small-town charm that appeals to students and professionals, singles and families. It is an ethnically diverse and culturally rich Midwestern enclave that attracts visitors and residents from all over the world.

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.

The Huron River in fall

Great schools, charming neighborhoods and enriching activities make Ann Arbor an inviting place for families to grow. Kiplinger has ranked Ann Arbor as No. 2 among the “10 Great Cities for Raising Families.” 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.

An art gallery at the Museum of Art at the University of Michigan

In addition to more than 300 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.

Whether you are coming here for medical care, considering attending the U-M Medical School, or thinking about living in the area or working for the university, the resources below provide a closer look at what Ann Arbor has to offer.