Best Places to Live

Ann Arbor, MI

Population: 116,194

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Sitting pretty at a top spot on our list again this year, Ann Arbor is a well-rounded place to live and grow a business. The city is full of creative and smart people, ranking in the top 5 for creative class workers and the top 5 for educational attainment. As for small business growth, it ranked in the top 20 for small business loans. The commute time may be a little high though, Ann Arbor ranked in the top 15 for transportation affordability. And to round it out, the culture for this college town ranked in the top 15. It’s not a surprise that this city has ranked on our Top 100 Best Places to Live three years in a row so far, and our Top 10 Best College Towns four times.