Ann Arbor Information
Size – 28.2 square miles
Population - Ann Arbor – 114,024
Average Age – 27.3 years (almost 25% of Ann Arborites are between 18 and 24)
Education – 64.2 percent have four years of college or more
Weather – Averages 31.25 inches of precipitation and 37.3 inches of snow, average high temp 58.1 degrees Fahrenheit / average low temp 39.4 degrees Fahrenheit
§ Ann Arbor was founded in 1824 by John Allen of Virginia and Elisha Rumsey of New York. 640 acres of oak forest along the Huron River formed the original site of the city.
§ Most stories about the origin of the city's name refer to the wives of the founders, Ann Allen and Mary Ann Rumsey. One of the more credible ones is that John Allen could not decide between "Allensville" and "Annapolis", but that his wife preferred "Annarbour".
§ Since the opening of the University of Michigan in the city in 1841, Ann Arbor has become known as one of the major education centers of the world.
§ Ann Arbor is also known for healthcare, as patients come from all over the world to be treated at the Univeristy of Michigan Health System. Between U of M and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor has more doctors per capita than almost every other city on the country.
- U.S. News and World Report listed Ann Arbor in the “Top 10 Brainiest places to retire,” in 2008
- Sperling's Best Places rated Ann Arbor as the "5th Best City To Live in the U.S." in 2007.
- Expansion Management magazine rated Ann Arbor "#1 Knowledge Worker Metro in the Nation", and one of the "Top 10 Metros for College-Educated Workers" in 2007.
- Country Home Magazine awarded Ann Arbor a #11 ranking on its “Greenest Places in America” list in 2007.
- American Style magazine ranked the Ann Arbor Art Fairs “One of the Top 10 Art Fairs and Festivals in the U.S.” in 2006.
- Forbes.com ranked Ann Arbor as one of the “10 Smartest Cities in the U.S.” in 2006.
- Money magazine ranked Ann Arbor as one of the “Top 25 Places to Live in the U.S.” in 2006.
- American Style magazine ranked Ann Arbor “One of the Top 25 Arts Destinations in the U.S.” in 2006.
- The Corcoran Group, a leading east coast real estate firm, rated Ann Arbor “One of the Top 5 Cities to Retire” in 2005.
- Forbes.com ranked Ann Arbor as the “16th Best Place to Start a Business” in the country in 2005.
- Frommer’s travel guides named the Ann Arbor area the “6th Best Place to Live” in 2004.
- Sperling’s BestPlaces named Ann Arbor the “6th Lowest Stress City” in the country in 2004.
- Money magazine rated Ann Arbor as one of the best cities to retire in 2003.
- AAA Michigan Living magazine readers voted Ann Arbor’s Main Street the “Best Main Street in the State” in 2002.
- The Princeton Review rated Ann Arbor the “10th Best College Town” in the nation in September, 2001.
- American Style magazine named Ann Arbor the “22nd Best Arts Destination” in the nation in 2001.
- U.S. News and World Report ranked the world class University of Michigan Medical Center #7 in the nation on their annual 2001 Best Hospital Honor Roll.
- Seventeen magazine rated Ann Arbor one of the “Top Ten Places to Live” in 1999 for teens calling it the “quintessentially cool college town.”
- Intelliquest ranked Washtenaw County #1 in Quality of Life compared with cities such as Seattle, Austin, Atlanta and San Jose.
- Money magazine rated Ann Arbor as the “6th Best Medium-Sized Town in the Midwest” in 1998.
- Ladies Home Journal ranked Ann Arbor the #1 “Most Woman-Friendly City” in the United States in both 1998 & 1999, #2 in 2000 and 2001 and #3 in 2002.
- Reader’s Digest polled 1,000 parents and selected Ann Arbor as one of the “Best Places in the Country to Raise a Family" in their 1997 survey.