Best Places to Live

Ann Arbor, MI

Population: 119,980

Ann Arbor, MI, gives college students an experience that many just don't want to leave after graduation. The mix of tree-lined streets, independent restaurants and book stores, bars, parks, and world-class museums creates a captivating and continually stimulating atmosphere. Then there are the downright addictive burgers at Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger, which may also keep folks around, especially after they've figured out the special way of ordering food. Ann Arbor's high concentration of college-educated residents, many of which are University of Michigan alumni, makes it one of the most educated cities in the country.

In addition to providing residents with opportunities to cheer for some of the best teams in college sports, U-M offers a lot of free arts programming, including plays, concerts and gallery tours. Dance Marathon, the largest student-run nonprofit event at the university, raised more than $516,000 to support pediatric patients at two local hospitals during the 2012-13 school year. Students also provide mentoring and tutoring to elementary school children, build homes for underprivileged families, and participate in programs to better the lives of residents in both Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Sometimes called “Tree City” because of the vast amount of trees throughout the city, Ann Arbor is surrounded by natural beauty. Residents take advantage of all four seasons and the area's abundance of parks and recreation centers for outdoor adventures. Hot summer days bring many families to the banks of Ann Arbor and Huron rivers for fishing, swimming and canoeing. Hikers head to the hills during the fall, while winter snow lures skiers and snowboarders to nearby ski areas. Spring draws golfers to the area's courses and cyclists to country roads.

Population: 116,352

Student population: 38,103

Don't Miss: Ann Street, a happening area in downtown, which happens to be the street Bob Seger sings about in the song Mainstreet

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