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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


24 Hours in Ann Arbor
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Visiting Ann Arbor  

Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ann Arbor Flip Book
Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
University of Michigan
University of Michigan Athletics
Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 

Attending U-M/Living and Working in Ann Arbor
Arbor Web (Ann Arbor Observer)
Ann Arbor Weather (from 
City of Ann Arbor
The Michigan Daily (University of Michigan student newspaper)
University of Michigan Campus Information
Washtenaw County, Michigan
Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation 

Exploring Ann Arbor  

Whether it’s off the beaten path or in the heart of downtown, a seasonal event or year-round refuge, here are some of our favorite spots:  

Ann Arbor Antiques Market
Ann Arbor Art Fair
Ann Arbor Book Festival
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Ann Arbor Marathon
Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Cross-country Skiing
Dexter Cider Mill
Downtown Ann Arbor
Huron River
The Law Quad
Nichols Arboretum
Nickels Arcade
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Main Street
Michigan Theater
Michigan Stadium
Outdoor fun
University of Michigan Museum of Art
University Musical Society
Waterloo Pinckney Trail
Yost Ice Arena 

Savoring Ann Arbor 

From unique ethnic eateries and locally sourced fine dining to lively brew pubs and late-night clubs, here are a few recommendations for when you go out on the town: