Best Places to Live

Ann Arbor, MI

Population: 116,194
LIV
SCORE
694
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After appearing on our Top 100 Best Places to Live list for five years in a row, Ann Arbor finally nabbed the #1 spot this year, which means a chorus of "Hail to the victors!" is in order. This dynamic city in southeastern Michigan earned high marks for education and civic engagement thanks to the beloved University of Michigan and its 44,000 students and 30,000 employees. In addition, the U of M Medical Center makes high quality healthcare easily accessible.

Ann Arborites have access to a wide variety of cultural amenities including fantastic restaurants, shopping districts and nightlife entertainment that contribute to a high quality of life. “A Squared” is also known for embracing the arts, including the four-day Ann Arbor Art Fair every July that draws about 400,000 visitors.

Oh, and did we mention the city isn't just popular with humans? Fairies (allegedly) love it here too.

Find out more about what makes Ann Arbor the Best Place to Live in America.

Ann Arbor, MI Ranking Data

Civic
86
Demographics
51
Economy
64
Education
89
Health
77
Housing
58
Infrastructure
45