Ann Arbor, MI
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Ann Arbor is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 120,782 people and 44 constituent neighborhoods, Ann Arbor is the sixth largest community in Michigan.

Ann Arbor home prices are not only among the most expensive in Michigan, but Ann Arbor real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Ann Arbor is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.24% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ann Arbor is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ann Arbor who work in teaching (18.40%), management occupations (10.16%), and healthcare (9.20%).

Also of interest is that Ann Arbor has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Ann Arbor has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

Of important note, Ann Arbor is also a city of artists. Ann Arbor has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Ann Arbor’s character.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Ann Arbor really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Ann Arbor is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Ann Arbor more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Ann Arbor’s character and quality of life.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Ann Arbor use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Ann Arbor‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Ann Arbor. 72.81% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Ann Arbor in 2010 was $37,158, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $148,632 for a family of four. However, Ann Arbor contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ann Arbor is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ann Arbor home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ann Arbor residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Ann Arbor include English, Irish, Polish, and Italian.

Ann Arbor also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.92%.

The most common language spoken in Ann Arbor is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.