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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.42% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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.

If knowledge is power, Ann Arbor is a pretty powerful place. 74.19% of the adults in Ann Arbor have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

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.

In addition, Ann Arbor has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.57%).

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