Founded in 1824, Ann Arbor was named for the Bur Oak trees that still line city streets today. Not long after, the University of Michigan moved here from Detroit, growing into one of the nation's premier public universities and a great source of talent for Domino's. You could say this was the beginning of Ann Arbor's road to becoming one of the most educated cities in America — nearly 65% of residents have four or more years of college under their belts. With a current metro population nearing 350,000, that's a lot of smart people.
But the real appeal of Ann Arbor is the lifestyle. There are more than 300 restaurants to tempt your taste buds, from Pan-Asian menus to New American dishes. Fuel up for your day at numerous spots for breakfast and Sunday brunch. Other restaurants offer inventive takes on American classics. And, last but certainly not least, there's Domino's for a pizza fix day or night.
How do Ann Arbor residents work up an appetite for all of that? Fortunately, with three convenient metro parks, Ann Arbor has plenty of places to hike, cycle and golf until your heart is content, not to mention in great shape.
For those who seek art and culture, there's the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Kerrytown Concert Hall, the Michigan Theater, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair and The Ark, a nationally-renowned folk and acoustic music venue.
We think of Ann Arbor as the complete package — all of the amenities and entertainment of a big city but highly livable and oozing with college-town charm.
Ann Arbor consistently tops lists of best places to live, most walkable cities, most educated residents, leading tech hotspots, and great places to raise kids. A round of applause please. Ann Arbor has certainly earned it.
Ann Arbor offers numerous educational options for your family, starting with the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) district. This includes 21 elementary schools, five middle schools and six high schools. The system is noted for one of America's best music programs, and it also operates a K-8 open school program for all families living within the school district. There are another 20 private schools and several charter schools. The tool below is just one of many for reviewing educational options. Learn more by visiting the websites for the Ann Arbor Public Schools and Ann Arbor Learning Community.