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 117,070 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 93.55% 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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ann Arbor who work in teaching (18.29%), management occupations (9.11%), and office and administrative support (9.10%).

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.

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.

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Ann Arbor is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Ann Arbor area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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 70.88% 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 $36,074, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $144,296 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: 17.68%.

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