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.

Ann Arbor is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Ann Arbor is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Ann Arbor is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Ann Arbor, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Ann Arbor, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Ann Arbor is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 72.81% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 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.

In addition, Ann Arbor has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.92%).

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