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 121,477 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 92.95% 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 (18.43%), management occupations (10.60%), and healthcare (9.03%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.42% 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 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.

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.

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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Ann Arbor. 74.19% 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 $39,253, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $157,012 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, English, Irish, Polish, and Italian.

Ann Arbor also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.57%.

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