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Ann Arbor, MI
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Ann Arbor, MI, features a mix of restaurants, bars, local shops, art museums and parks that make it instantly appealing to both college students and those who are not pursuing a degree. While football dominates the fall entertainment lineup – more than 114,000 show up to the University of Michigan's stadium on game days – the city's amenities make it a vibrant and interesting place to live.
Nearly one out of every two residents here is a student, making it a true college town. But you don't have to be a student to enjoy what the university has to offer. There is a range of musical, theater and dance productions that anyone can attend. Open to non-students at various times throughout the year are a collection of museums and libraries, including the Museum of Natural History, which offers an array of educational programs for the general community. The university's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is a great place to connect with nature.
If there's anything bad about Ann Arbor it's that parking spots, especially around campus and in downtown, can be hard to find. The good news is city planners had the foresight to include numerous bike paths, sidewalks and trails that lead to just about every thing there is to do.
The cost of living in Ann Arbor is slightly higher than the national average, but it's well worth it considering the efforts city leaders take in preserving green space, historic buildings, parks and other things that make this town beautiful.
City Population (2010 Census): 113,934
Student Population: 59,000
College(s): University of Michigan, Concordia University – Michigan, Washtenaw Community College
Don't Miss: Nickels Arcade for shopping, Dominick's for drinks, Cavern Club for music
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