Fast Facts of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Located in southeastern of Michigan on the Huron River in the US state and the county seat of Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor is the 6th largest city in Michigan. The city is about 40 miles west of Detroit and 45 miles east of Lansing.


  • Total population in 2010: 113,934.
  • Dominant race: Whites
  • Languages spoken: English

The city has an area of 27.7 square miles; 27.0 square miles is land and 0.7 square miles is water, much of which is part of Huron River.
Probability of natural disasters: Chances of earthquake, tornadoes, volcanoes and other extreme natural events are higher than Michigan average.
Ann Arbor is situated on the Huron River. It is a fruit growing and productive agriculture region. The landscape of Ann Arbor consists of hills and valleys.


  • It has a typically Midwestern humid continental climate. Winters are cold with moderate to heavy rainfall, spring and autumn are short but mild and summers are very humid.
  • Best time to visit Ann Arbor is from June to September.

History & Culture

  • John Allen and Elisha Rumsey founded the city in 1824, and named it after their spouses, both named Ann.
  • It became an official city of US, on 25 May 1824.
  • Ann Arbor observes festivals all-round the year. Ann Arbor Art Fairs in the month of July, Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival in September, Ann Arbor Book Festival in March and Ann Arbor Summer Festival in June and July.


  • Estimated median household income in 2009: $50,291
  • Cost of living index in 2012: 95.8
  • Unemployment rate in 2012: 5.9%
  • Most common industries: printing, publishing, electronics, technology, transportation equipment and medical equipment
  • The University of Michigan plays critical role in Ann Arbor’s economy. It employs about 30,000 workers, including about 12,000 in the medical center.

Famous for

  • Domino’s Pizza has headquarters near Ann Arbor and Borders Books is based in the city.
  • Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan, it has nearly 42,000 students and the area is full of coffee houses, hip bars and a place to hear live music.
  • Tourist places: University of Michigan, Downtown, Domino’s Petting Farm, Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, Michigan Theater and The Ark, Kelsey Museum of Archeology.
  • Ann Arbor in the year 2008, was ranked 27th out of the top 100 best places to live in America, by the Money magazine and in the year 2010, Forbes listed Ann Arbor as one of the most livable cities in the USA.

Few quick facts you need to know when you are traveling to this city:

  • Common mode of transportation to work in Ann Arbor is many people drive their car alone, while some carpool with others.
  • Walking and biking is also one of the most common methods of getting around Ann Arbor.
  • According to FBI crime data, Ann Arbor is not one of the safest communities in America. It has a crime rate higher than the 84% of the state’s cities and towns.
  • Major cities near to Ann Arbor: Detroit, Dexter, Milan, Saline and Canton.
  • Ann Arbor Muni Airport is located in Ann Arbor and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is 20 miles away from Ann Arbor.
  • Ann Arbor station is an Amtrak railway stations in Ann Arbor.
  • Public transit system is operated by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA). There are nearly 1500 bus stops in Ann Arbor.
  • Hotels: Baymont Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn Ann Arbor, Courtyard Ann Arbor, Embassy Hotel, Campus Inn, Comfort Inn & Business Center, Five Star Communications and Days Inn.