Ann Arbor Michigan – America’s College Town

Ann Arbor Michigan – America’s College Town

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In reviewing places all around the U.S. and the world, one of our favorite categories is college towns.   Communities with a university have a well developed cultural life, youth and vibrancy, and the opportunity for lifelong learning.   While we are not recommending living on campus or even near the campus, having it close by definitely has its advantages.   Ann Arbor Michigan is just that type of place.   UofM offers world class healthcare with their hospital and facilities, the Museum of Natural History and a Planetarium, an arboretum and botanical gardens, the Mendelssohn Theatre where you can see all kinds of performances, on and on.   Ann Arbor is definitely the place to be if you are at all into college football.  The “Big House” stadium with 110,000 seats is one of the largest in the nation. 

Ann Arbor has plenty of tings to do and see including art festivals, concerts, plenty of shopping and restaurants, recreational events and destinations, and dozens of seasonal events throughout the year.  

Photo By Michigan Municipal League via
Photo By Michigan Municipal League via

If you are considering a college town, here’s what we found about Ann Arbor Michigan.

Population:   In the 2010 census there were 114,000 people residing in Ann Arbor and 7.9% were over 65 – which is considered low, but there are 43,000 students in town!

Housing:  The median price of recently sold homes is $219,350.    We found this 3 bedroom home in a very nice neighborhood for $215,000.   Beautiful remodeled kitchen, too! 

$215,000 3 bedroom home on Zillow
$215,000 3 bedroom home on Zillow

Crime:   The violent crime rate in Ann Arbor is 2.43 per 1,000 while in all of Michigan it is 4.5.  The national average is 3.8. 

Healthcare:   There are several hospitals in town including the University Hospital.

Transportation:  The Detroit Airport is 45 miles away.  There is an Amtrak station in town.  While the downtown area is considered very walkable, there is a metro bus system with over in the area. 

Cost of Living:   The overall cost of living in Ann Arbor is high for Michigan, but lower than many places in the US. 

Weather:  Hey, it’s Michigan!   January highs average 31 degrees F and July highs are in the mid 80’s.  They get 58 inches of snow all year – mostly December – February.   The average rainfall is 37.5 inches – pretty evenly spread throughout the year. 


Cheryl and her husband have just recently retired and live in the Pacific Northwest. She has been enjoying her herself by traveling around the world, playing with her grandchildren, and she frequently volunteers in her community. There is certainly never a dull moment with Cheryl. She cheerfully co-founded RetireBook and wants to share her energy, hoping that it inspires her readers to live life at its fullest.