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 121,890 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 92.19% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ann Arbor is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ann Arbor who work in teaching (16.33%), management occupations (11.32%), and healthcare (9.68%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.76% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Ann Arbor is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Ann Arbor has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Ann Arbor enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Ann Arbor.

Not only is Ann Arbor a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Ann Arbor a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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. 72.48% 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 $43,932, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $175,728 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 German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Ann Arbor's cultural character, accounting for 18.88% of the city’s population.

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