Ann Arbor, MI
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Living in Ann Arbor


Ann Arbor is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 119,980 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 92.86% 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 (18.97%), management occupations (10.51%), and healthcare (8.85%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Ann Arbor telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.04% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

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.

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 very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Ann Arbor is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Ann Arbor a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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.

If knowledge is power, Ann Arbor is a pretty powerful place. 75.98% 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 2018 was $42,674, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $170,696 for a family of four. However, Ann Arbor contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ann Arbor is an extremely 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.

Ann Arbor also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.07%.

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