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Ann Arbor

The Catchall for Culture and Career-Defining Possibilities

Discover the Ann Arbor region, dynamic, inclusive and family-friendly — that is, the #1 best place to live for families in the U.S. — with abundant recreation and extensive business and job opportunities. The region offers a rich tech-driven R&D ecosystem, a world-class university research network and a strong business network and community support to ensure success. Ann Arbor is among the most affordable places to live when compared with other tech-focused communities throughout the nation.

Home to the University of Michigan, widely recognized as one of the world’s leading research universities and America’s top-ranked public university for R&D, Ann Arbor offers a range of jobs in diverse sectors, from life sciences to advanced mobility. The area’s highly ranked public and private K-12 schools, plus the reliable health care services throughout all of Washtenaw County, make the region an ideal environment for families.

Known as a vibrant, creative hub, the Ann Arbor region is the perfect mix of urban amenities and green spaces surrounded by several thriving and welcoming communities. The area also boasts a rich arts and culture scene, where live music, museums for all ages, award-winning theatrical performances, and globally influenced dining create the perfect backdrop to live your best life.

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Your Charging Station for Life

From Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti, it’s no secret that Washtenaw County is home to an exceptional quality of life. The A+ graded Ann Arbor Public School District provides access to one of the best and most diverse educational systems in the state; seamless transportation extends throughout the region, with Interstate 94 connecting to the award-winning Detroit Metropolitan Airport just a twenty-minute drive away; and to care for your health, the region is home to Michigan Medicine, Trinity Health and the VA Ann Arbor Health System.

Washtenaw County is also a hub for cutting-edge creators. The renowned University of Michigan is home to 15 departments, including the new robotics division, while the University Research Corridor drives innovation and fosters economic growth within the community. Despite all these impressive amenities, the cost of living in Ann Arbor remains comparable to the national average for tech-focused communities across the nation.

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The Accelerator for Ambitious Individuals

Careers and companies grow to greater heights in Ann Arbor, with an exciting mix of future-focused businesses and a dynamic startup ecosystem. The region is home to major companies like Google and Dominos, medical device manufacturers such as Terumo Cardiovascular Group and mobility innovators like Toyota Motor North American R&D. Young professionals can find a variety of networking groups and the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber organizes regular networking events, fostering connections and collaboration among professionals. Additionally, Ann Arbor SPARK hosts Tech Homecoming, an annual event that connects talented professionals with Ann Arbor’s vibrant tech ecosystem and a2Tech360, a week of events each year that celebrates Ann Arbor’s spirit of innovation through experiences, conversations, and connections.

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Big Fun with a Small-Town Feel

Looking for a city with a culture all its own? Ann Arbor offers a wide array of recreational opportunities. A highlight is the Ann Arbor Art Fair, which is held annually in July and remains the largest juried art fair in the nation, showcasing the work of over 1,000 artists. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy the extensive trail network and waterways that stretch throughout the region, including the scenic landscapes of the University of Michigan’s Nichols Arboretum and the thrilling, 20-mile DTE Energy Foundation Trail for mountain biking. Despite its population of over 120,000, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti still maintain a small-town feel with friendly shops like Zingerman’s Deli — famous for their made-to-order Reuben sandwiches. In the evenings, the region comes alive with its vibrant nightlife, boasting numerous breweries, distilleries and dance halls like the LGBTQ-friendly Necto.

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