Ann Arbor

Population: 118,087Median home value: $250,200 79 Ranks better than 92% of areas

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A+ Ann Arbor Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Ann Arbor Cost of Living Cost of living is 23% higher than Michigan
Ann Arbor
1088% more expensive than the US average
Michigan
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Ann Arbor cost of living
B+ Ann Arbor Crime Total crime is 14% lower than Michigan
Total crime
1,94129% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5229% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-11%Year over year crime is down
Ann Arbor crime
C+ Ann Arbor Employment Household income is 14% higher than Michigan
Median household income
$57,6974% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$37,15825% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%27% lower than the US average
Ann Arbor employment
C+ Ann Arbor Housing Home value is 96% higher than Michigan
Median home value
$250,20035% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,11417% higher than the US average
Home ownership
45%29% lower than the US average
Ann Arbor real estate or Ann Arbor rentals
B+ Ann Arbor Schools HS graduation rate is 12% higher than Michigan
High school grad. rates
96%16% higher than the US average
School test scores
59%20% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:115% higher than the US average
Ann Arbor K-12 schools or Ann Arbor colleges

Living in Ann Arbor, MI

Located in the state of Michigan, Ann Arbor is a moderately-sized city with a population of 118,087 people. In Ann Arbor, there are 4,239 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. According to the most recent Census, 72% of Ann Arbor residents are White, 16% Asian and 7% Black. Ann Arbor could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 28 years old is below the nation’s average. Ann Arbor is known to be family friendly as more than 80% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 60% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Ann Arbor, Michigan could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Ann Arbor, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, education, employment and more.

Ann Arbor, MI receives 79/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #67 in Michigan and #2,140 in the USA. Based on this score, Ann Arbor would be considered a very livable city! Ann Arbor also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! Based on the scores for each individual category, Ann Arbor has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), crime (A-) and education (B+). There are some categories that Ann Arbor ranks poorly for, including: cost of living (D-) and weather (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Ann Arbor has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and Kerrytown.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Ann Arbor is real estate affordability. The median home price for Ann Arbor homes is $250,200, which is 95.8% higher than the Michigan average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Ann Arbor, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.3, which is 72% higher than the Michigan average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Ann Arbor area were 9.2% and 5 year appreciation rates were 8.5%.

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Third world roads

Attractions6/10
Community6/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
Shopping6/10
This is a town and gown world. The campus area is bustling. U-M is expensive and selective. Lots of grad students, lots of folks born in other countries. Great grocery options with 2 whole foods stores, farmers market, Trader Joes and much more. Plenty of restaurants, but few good ones. Horrid streets and roads. Potholes everywhere. Expensive housing. Terrible weather five months a year, great seven. Lots of culture, good parks. Bike lines everywhere. Vast bus system. Big box stores on the outskirts, plus chain restaurants. Football Saturdays are a pain, with a hundred thousand visitors. Lots of petty crime, but overall a safe city.
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Die of boredom in Ann Arbor

Attractions3/10
Community3/10
Nightlife3/10
Dining3/10
Shopping3/10
Notice how the reviews were from visitors rather than actual residents?
We have lived in many states from the West coast throughout the Midwest
and after living her for 5 years we are ready to move! You can die of boredom here in Ann Arbor.

Compared to Canton and Novi, there are no stores here other than a small dilapidated mall,
We have yet to find one good restaurant in 5 years and it's clear why it was ranked
#81 in Michigan and only #3557 in the USA.

The roads are the worst in the country, with dirt roads everywhere and potholes on every block.
City services and police presence are non existent here.

As a homeowner, the taxes and utilities are the highest of any State we have lived with nothing in return.
There is a shortage of housing and rents are high, jobs are scarce, weather is the worst and snow removal is minimal.
Si whats the attraction to move here? We haven't seen any yet.
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I liked it!

Attractions10/10
Community8/10
Nightlife10/10
Dining10/10
Shopping8/10
I visited Ann Arbor a year ago (2012) and really loved it! There were tons of great restaurants and fun places to see. It also felt like there were a lot of trees surrounding the city and a great vibe. Because it is a college town, the nightlife was really fun as well! The streets were pretty full with people roaming and eating and enjoying each others company. I would really like to visit longer to really get a better feel for the area, but all in all I really loved my time there. It felt like a small town but with all the cultural aspects of a big city!
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Ann Arbor, MI - The Good Old Cityscape!

Attractions7/10
Community5/10
Nightlife9/10
Dining9/10
Shopping9/10
I was in Ann Arbor, MI in 2010 to visit college friends at the University of Michigan. My general impression of Ann Arbor is that it is mostly a university town. Most of the population is youth at the University and the majority of surrounding business thrives off the university. As a result Ann Arbor has a very young, fast paced and exciting feel for youth.

The city of Ann Arbor is primarily setup around the university, therefore it is no surprise you will find tons of nightlife, restaurants and shopping in Ann Arbor since those tend to be favorites of the youth! I enjoyed a wide selection of well kept clubs and bars until the early hours of the morning! There is no shortage of good restaurants with everything from New York Delicatessen to S'cargo (Escargot) served fresh!

Shopping in Ann Arbor is plentiful as well with multiple malls and shopping plazas as well as many different localities throughout the city focused on shopping. You can also find things for sale on just about every other street, typical of any city. Ann Arbor is a visit best suited for those who are interested in the younger lifestyle more than anything else.
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Source: The Ann Arbor, MI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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