Ann Arbor Named ‘Best City to Live’ in America

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If you live in Ann Arbor, you already know this city is a great place to call home. But a new list confirms what you may have suspected: Ann Arbor is the best city to live in America.

Ann Arbor has consistently made top ten and top five lists for places to live, but this year, Niche.com put the city in the number one spot. Niche.com analyzed data from more than 200 cities and 15,000 towns and neighborhoods on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. This year’s number one ranking is an improvement from last year, when the site ranked Ann Arbor fourth in the nation.

Here’s how Niche.com graded Ann Arbor:

  • Public Schools: A+
  • Housing: B+
  • Good for Families: A+
  • Crime and Safety: B
  • Nightlife: A
  • Diversity: A

 

Ann Arbor has also received plenty of other accolades over the past few years, including:

  • #1 Best College City from aier.org in 2017
  • #9 Best Cities for Small Business from Valuepenguin.com in 2017
  • #5 Best City for Millennials by Forbes in 2016
  • #20 Top 20 Happiest Cities to Work In by Time Magazine in 2016
  • #1 City for Millennials by the American Institute for Economic Research in 2015
  • #1 America’s Best Main Street by Huffington Post and Fodor’s Travel in 2014


Ann Arbor is consistently ranked as the most educated city in America. Niche.com noted that 42 percent of residents have earned a master’s degree or higher. Honors from the past few years include:

  • #1 Most Educated City from Wallethub.com in 2016 and 2015
  • #1 Most Educated City by Forbes in 2014
  • #1 Most Intelligent Town in America by Zoomtens.com in 2014

See more of Ann Arbor’s sparkling rankings on Ann Arbor Spark