Dear Ann Arbor, we love living here. There’s just something about you. Maybe it’s your weirdness or the amazing coffee shops. Perhaps it’s the fantastic restaurants or the incredibly friendly people. Whatever it is—it has us swooning.
To showcase our true love for you, we rounded up some of the reasons we adore living here. And for those of you reading this, we hope you discover some new, interesting things about A2 to appreciate. Let us know why you love Ann Arbor in the comments below!
The quirk factor
Ann Arbor is weird—and we’re proud of it! While we’re known countrywide as a great place for hardworking academics and medical professionals, A2 is also a haven for creative types, seekers and anyone else who marches to the beat of their own drum. It’s home to funky thrift shops, galleries, top-notch performance venues, chewing gum walls, fairy doors, human-sized carrots and so much more. Our weirdness is what makes us so unique and wonderful—and we love it!
It’s a local hub for art and culture
Because of our top universities and museums, it’s not a huge surprise that Ann Arbor is a Midwest hub for art and culture. Our city is home to Shakespeare in the Arb, the Kerrytown Concert House, The Michigan Theater, The State Theater and the Ann Arbor Art Center, a nonprofit exhibition, gallery and retail space. Through these venues, we get to enjoy local and touring dance performances, art exhibitions, cinema, concerts and more. We even get to enjoy these amazing culture centers during a global pandemic, through virtual art classes, movies and performances.
The location can’t be beat
While Ann Arbor is an excellent destination in its own right, there are many larger cities, hidden gems and incredible small towns just a short drive away. From metro Detroit to the Pinckney Recreation Area to Saline and Manchester’s charming small towns, you don’t have to go very far to explore the best of Michigan when you live in Ann Arbor!
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It’s easy to spend time outside
Whether you’re perusing downtown districts like Main Street, The State Street District and Kerrytown Market and Shops or exploring one of 159 parks throughout Ann Arbor, there are plenty of excuses to get outside. In those 159 parks, you’ll find basketball and tennis courts, softball and soccer fields, a skatepark, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, boat launches, ice rinks, dog parks, disc golf and dirt bike courses, and a course to play bocce ball.
Our coffee scene is unmatched
And there’s plenty of places to get a great drink
Photo courtesy of The Last Word
Breweries, cocktail bars, distilleries—you name it and Ann Arbor has made a name for itself in that space. We’re all about small-batch, artisanal drinks and that mindset has turned A2 into a haven for lovers of craft drinks. Here, you’ll find unique cocktail bars like The Last Word, Raven’s Club and Night Cap, great wine at spots like Aventura, and a whole slew of incredible breweries.
It’s one of the best places in the country to raise a family
If you have a family or are planning to start one soon, Ann Arbor is an amazing place to do so. Thanks to our beautiful parks system, year-round family-friendly events, strong school districts and educational attractions, Ann Arbor is one of the most kid-friendly and family-friendly cities in the state and in the country! Livability even ranked Ann Arbor on their list of 5 Best Cities for Families in Michigan, and WalletHub ranked us highly in Best Places to Raise a Family in Michigan.
Our education systems are top-notch
Ann Arbor is home to the world-renowned University of Michigan. On its own, our hometown university has consistently ranked on National University Rankings amongst other Ivy League superstars like Yale and Harvard. But the university paired with our outstanding community has landed Ann Arbor on lists of the country’s best college towns. We were even named the #1 Most Educated City in America by WalletHub in 2020.
The people are amazing
It’s no secret we love Ann Arbor, but we firmly believe we wouldn’t be one of the country’s best places to live without the best locals, residents and visitors. And during hard times—whether it’s an environmental disaster or a pandemic—the remarkableness of our locals is just exemplified even further. Over the past year, we’ve witnessed locals flock to support small businesses, help deliver food to the needy, donate blood, pack lunches for children, and so much more. Ann Arbor is a beautiful place to live, not only because of our art scene, delicious food, fabulous education system and quirky lifestyle but also because locals never give up an opportunity to support one another.
We love you, A2!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Ann Arbor! Why do you love living here? Let us know in the comments below!