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Overview

Introduction to Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor is located in southeastern Michigan on the Huron River, about 40 miles west of Detroit and 45 miles east of Lansing. John Allen and Elisha Rumsey founded the city in 1824, naming it after their spouses, both named Ann. Today, "A-Squared" is Michigan's 7th-largest city, with a population of around 115,000. The hometown of former President Gerald Ford, the city manages to exude Midwestern charm while claiming a strong economy based on a variety of industries, including printing and publishing, electronics and transportation equipment, medical equipment and technology. Domino's Pizza and Borders Books are based in the city. Ann Arbor is also an important medical center, home to a large pharmaceutical research facility and several high tech research and development firms. The city offers a great quality of life, ranking #10 on the BestJobsUsa.com list of the Best Places to Live and Work in America. It also ranked #3 among small cities on Ladies' Home Journal's 2002 list of the Best Cities for Women.

Ann Arbor Culture

Ann Arbor has many museums, including the Gerald R. Ford Library, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. The city attracts thousands of visitors to its festivals throughout the year: the 2-day Ann the Arbor Folk Festival in January, the 3-week Ann Arbor Summer Festival (music, comedy, films) in June and the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival in September.

Ann Arbor Sports and Leisure

Ann Arbor offers the sports fan a lively college sports scene with access to major league teams 40 miles east in Detroit. Within Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan Wolverines play at 107,500-seat Michigan Stadium, the largest in the country. Another 45 miles west is East Lansing, home to the Michigan State University Spartans. Detroit offers pro sports teams in each of the four major leagues. Baseball's Detroit Tigers play downtown at 40,000-seat, state-of-the-art Comerica Park, which has a Ferris wheel and a carousel. Adjacent 65,000-seat Ford Field is the domed den of the NFL's Lions. The stadium also hosts national events such as the Super Bowl and NCAA Men's Final Four basketball. The NHL's Detroit Red Wings play at 20,000-seat Joe Louis Arena, which also features college tournaments such as the Great Lakes Invitational in December and the CCHA tournament in March. A half-hour drive northeast of Ann Arbor, the 2,000-seat Palace at Auburn Hills hosts the NBA's Detroit Pistons, the WNBA's Shock, and Arena Football's Fury.

Ann Arbor Outdoors

Although it's not the warmest city you'll encounter, Ann Arbor is a nice place to enjoy the great outdoors. Dexter-Huron Metropark, just 7 miles northwest of Ann Arbor on the Huron River, provides 122-acres of wooded areas and excellent river fishing. Hudson Mills Metropark, another 5 miles northwest, is a 1,549-acre park that offers fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and nature trails, softball diamonds and an 18-hole golf course. With easy access to more water sports on the Great Lakes, plus skiing in dozens of nearby slopes, Ann Arbor offers an endless array of outdoor activities.

Ann Arbor at Night

A progressive city with a thriving college scene and one of the youngest populations (28 years median age) among major cities, Ann Arbor offers a stimulating nightlife. Home to the University of Michigan's 35,000 students, the area is loaded with hip bars, coffee houses and places to hear live music. Washington and Main Streets are among the city's favorite hotspots for a night out. Nearby Ypsilanti offers more restaurants and bars. Detroit has a booming music scene, plenty of bars, three casinos within the city and another across the Canadian border in Windsor.

People

Total Population 116,194
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 10.8%
Employed Population 16+ 56,986
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 33.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 71.9%
Median Earnings25+ $43,065
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,393
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,013

Wealth

Median Family Income $96,157
% Above Poverty Level 76.6%
% Below Poverty Level 23.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 6.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 19.2%
% Using Public Transportation 11.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,063
Median House Value $240,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 9.9%
Irish 9.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ann Arbor Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 35 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Washtenaw
Standard Zip Codes 48103, 48104, 48105, 48108, 48109
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48106, 48107, 48113
Phone Area Codes 734
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.27
Longitude -83.726

Ann Arbor Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ANN ARBOR UNIV OF MICH
Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches
Station MILAN 4 ESE
Distance 15.2 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 30.4 inches
Station MILFORD GM PROVING GR
Distance 21.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 29.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ann Arbor, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Ann Arbor Township (48105)

Delhi (48103)

Dixboro (48105)

Loch Alpine (48103)

Lodi Township (48103)

Scio Township (48103)

Superior Township (48105)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Barton Hills 289 $250
Belleville 3,919 $58,068
Dexter 4,682 $93,750
Milan 5,929 $69,442
Saline 9,020 $96,955

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ann Arbor Public Libraries

Library
Ann Arbor District Library
343 SOUTH FIFTH AVENUE
Ann Arbor, Michigan
(734) 327-4266
Library Web Site
Washtenaw County Library
4135 WASHTENAW AVENUE
Ann Arbor, Michigan
(734) 971-6056
Library Web Site

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Ann Arbor Hospitals

ST JOSEPH MERCY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
5301 E HURON RIVER DR
(734) 712-3456
Emergency Service: Yes

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HEALTH SYSTEM
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1500 E MEDICAL CENTER DRIVE
(734) 936-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Ann Arbor High Schools

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PIONEER HIGH SCHOOL
601 W. STADIUM BOULEVARD
734-994-2126
Serves 2,700 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

HURON HIGH SCHOOL
2727 FULLER ROAD
734-994-2043
Serves 2,146 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
401 N. DIVISION STREET
734-994-2025
Serves 451 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

WASHTENAW TECHNICAL MIDDLE COLLEGE
4800 E. HURON RIVER DR.
734-973-3410
A Charter School.
Serves 342 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 43.3

CENTRAL ACADEMY (1-12)
2461 S. INDUSTRIAL HIGHWAY
734-822-1100
A Charter School.
Serves 307 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

STONE HIGH SCHOOL
2800 STONE SCHOOL ROAD
734-971-2665
A Non-traditional School
Serves 150 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 44.1

STONE SCHOOL UNIFIED STUDIES
2800 STONE SCHOOL ROAD
734-994-2318
A Non-traditional School
Serves 18 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.4

O'BRIEN DAY TREATMENT
1819 S WAGNER RD
734-994-8100
A Non-traditional School
Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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Historic Ann Arbor

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U. of Michigan (president's house) between 1880 and 1899

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U. of Michigan (president's house) between 1880 and 1899

Homeopathic hospital (University of Michigan) c1903.

University of Michigan (Commencement Day, Senior Parade) between 1890 and 1910

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