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Life is Good in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is probably best known as the home of the nationally acclaimed University of Michigan, but it’s much more than just another college town. Ann Arbor also boasts a bustling Downtown scene, outstanding parks, and outdoor recreation, fantastic city-wide events and festivals, and plentiful employment opportunities.

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Located just about 30 minutes outside of Detroit, Ann Arbor, MI is considered by many to be a suburb of the sprawling city. But in reality, it’s much more. Here, you can find all the amenities, the resources, and the opportunities of a much larger metropolis, boiled down into a fun, festive, unique, and trendy little city. From the eclectic businesses of its bustling downtown to the banks of the sparkling Huron River to the fast-paced sporting events at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has something to offer everyone. If you’re looking for a place where you truly can live, work, and play, then it’s time to explore Ann Arbor.

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Live, Work, and Play in Ann Arbor

There's never a dull moment!

There’s so much to do, see, and explore in Ann Arbor. Arts, culture, entertainment, and even craft beer and cultural festivals are the cornerstones of life in A2. At the University of Michigan, you’ll find world-class performance arts, and Big Ten sports—and the world’s largest football stadium. Throughout the city, you can enjoy live music, dance, and theatre, as well as a variety of art and archaeological museums, like the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. And of course, Ann Arbor’s events are not to be missed!

Employment opportunities abound

Ann Arbor might be just 30 minutes from Detroit, but a commute to the big city is certainly not necessary! The University of Michigan employs over 35,000 staff members, including 12,000 at its world-class medical center. Technology, health services, biotechnology, and automobile manufacturing also have a strong presence in the area’s economy. Other top employers include General Motors Milford Proving Grounds, Toyota Technical Center, Faurecia North America, and IHA Health Services Corp.

There are tons of ways to get outside in "Tree Town"

Not for nothing is Ann Arbor nicknamed “Tree Town”—the city is filled with and surrounded by fantastic ways to get outside. The Huron River winds through the northern part of the city, offering a diverse array of boating, fishing, paddling, and hiking throughout a variety of parks. U-M also offers two beautiful botanical gardens, and the city itself maintains over 150 local parks. There are also several larger state- and county-maintained recreation areas nearby, including Waterloo and Pinckney.

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Downtown Ann Arbor

Downtown Ann Arbor comprises four unique commercial districts—the Kerrytown Shops, Main Street, State Street, and South University. Here, you’ll find a world of amazing shopping, dining, and entertainment, from delicious restaurants to unique shops to hopping bars and live music venues.

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University of Michigan

The backbone of Ann Arbor, U-M is home to an enormous variety of attractions, points of interest, and entertainment venues. Stroll the Nichols Arboretum, explore Matthaei Botanical Gardens, catch a live performance, and cheer on the Wolverines.

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Waterloo State Park

The largest state park in the lower peninsula, Waterloo is definitely worth the short drive out to Chelsea! This 20,000-acre park offers endless activities, including swimming, hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, and more.

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Ann Arbor Art Fair

If there’s one Ann Arbor event you don’t want to miss, it’s the Art Fair. The fair spans 30 city blogs, transforming the bustling streets of Downtown into a world of unique art displays, street performances, and plenty of tasty tidbits.

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