Living in Downtown Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor People's Food Co-opMore and more people are discovering the high quality of life and convenience that urban living offers and are choosing to live in the heart of the city. Residents of the downtown can step outside their front doors and readily enjoy a great array of food choices, nearby recreation, and the many services available, such as banks, grocery stores, pharmacies, dry cleaners, spiritual centers, exercise studios, and more. Plus downtown residents have easy access to places such as the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Chicago, and beyond using buses that run several times a day from the downtown Blake Transit Center and Greyhound Station.

6,547 Downtown Residents
114,925 City of Ann Arbor Residents
94/100Downtown Walk Score

Numerous quality of life accolades since 2010

  • 2010 “Best Cities for Families,” Ann Arbor #4, Parenting Magazine
  • 2010 “America’s Most Livable Cities,” Ann Arbor #4,
  • 2010 “10 Great Cities for Raising Families,” Ann Arbor #2, Kiplinger
  • 2010 “5 Great Places to Retire,” Ann Arbor #5, Fortune
  • 2011 “25 Smartest College Towns in US,” Ann Arbor #4, Daily Beast
  • 2011 “10 Most Educated Cities,” Ann Arbor #2, US News and World Report
  • 2012 “Best State to Make a Living in,” Michigan #6,
  • 2012 “Best Cities in America to Find a Job,” Ann Arbor #7, US News
  • 2012 “Happiest Cities in America,” Ann Arbor #5, The Daily Beast
  • 2012 “Best Cities for Education in America,” Ann Arbor #10
  • 2012 “America’s Best Small Cities,” Ann Arbor, Money Magazine
  • 2012 “Best Cities for Successful Aging,” Ann Arbor #7 Milkin Institute
  • 2012 “Very Bikeable City” Walkscore
  • 2012 “Most Creative Cities,” Ann Arbor #4 The Daily Beast
  • 2012 “Best College Towns,” Ann Arbor #9
  • 2012 “Top 25 Graduate Entrepreneurship Programs” Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Michigan Ross School of Business #2, The Princeton Review & Entrepreneur Magazine
  • 2013 “10 Coolest Cities in the Midwest,” Ann Arbor, MSN Travel
  • 2013 “Best Cities for New Grads,” Ann Arbor #2, Kiplinger
  • 2013 “Most Well-Read Cities in America,” Amazon
  • 2013 “Best Cities for Singles,” Kiplinger
  • 2013 “10 Coolest Cities in the Midwest” Ann Arbor, MSN Travel
  • 2013 “Best Destination for Green Travelers (top 10)- Travel Nerd
  • 2014 “Top Community Well-Being #6 – Gallup- Healthways ranking
  • 2014 “Top 10 Best City for New College Grads” # 7- ranking