Life in Ann Arbor


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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.

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.

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. The downtown is easily walkable, and has a number of areas that cater to a wide variety of interests.

  • The Main Street area is known for its restaurants and shops.

  • The State Street area, closer to the undergraduate campus, has more of a college town feel. South of town is the Big House football stadium and the local Briarwood Mall, as well as several department stores.

  • The Kerrytown area, just north of town, features the twice weekly local farmer’s market as well as famous Zingerman’s Deli.

  • The University of Michigan Health System campus is east of Kerrytown, and lies along the Huron River and Arboretum, part of a long stretch of natural areas and trails that continues throughout Washtenaw County.