Best Places to Live

Ann Arbor, MI

Population: 116,194
Photo Courtesy of Literati Coffee

The University of Michigan’s 44,000 caffeine-crazed students have propelled Ann Arbor into the upper echelons of coffee cities. ApartmentGuide put Ann Arbor on the list of the 10 Best Cities for Coffee Lovers in America thanks to the city’s impressive ratio of one coffee shop for every 2,825 residents. There’s a coffee shop here for literally everyone’s taste, whether it’s a national chain or a hip shop using locally-roasted beans like Black Diesel Coffee. Aspiring roasters and baristas can even immerse themselves in Zingerman’s Coffee Company’s seven different brewing techniques and attend one of their monthly coffee “cuppings” or tastings.

Ann Arbor isn’t just a great place to drink coffee, it’s a great place to live. In fact, it ranked #1 on Livability’s 2018 list of Top 100 Best Places to Live list. Residents of Ann Arbor enjoy high-quality education and a creative culture where there’s always something fun going on. The city is also extremely walkable and is one of the best places in America to raise a family.

Coolest Coffee Shop: Literati, a perfect combination of coffee shop and bookstore, tops our list for coolest in Ann Arbor. Author readings and book clubs grace the space most nights, and what’s better than good coffee and a book? While you’re there, stop by the bookstore’s beloved public typewriter and write a love note to caffeine.