Profile for Ann Arbor, Michigan, MI
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Ann Arbor is a city in Washtenaw County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after two early settlers, both named Ann. There are various explanations for the latter part of the name; one says it was named for a grove of oak trees, while another attributes it to grapevines trained into an arbor.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Ann Arbor. For links to other places called Ann Arbor, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Ann Arbor is 42.270N. The longitude is -83.726W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 883 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 114,498.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Ann Arbor demographic reports
Ann Arbor is on the Huron River.
When Michigan became a state, Ann Arbor won its bid to have the University of Michigan moved here from Detroit.
Public transportation: Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 327. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 2.8 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 5 among medium-sized cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Ranked No. 10 on the Best Places to Live and Work in America list, compiled by BestJobsUsa.com, 2002
Ranked No. 3 on the "Best Cities for Women" list (small cities), Ladies' Home Journal, 2002
Ranked No. 2 on the "Most Wired Cities" list, compiled by Media Audit, 2002
Well-known residents have included:
· Iggy Pop, musician
· William R. Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard
· Peter Vanderkaay, Olympic gold medalist (swimming)
· Ken Burns, filmmaker
· Klete Keller, Olympic gold medalist (swimming)
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Art Fairs - July 18-21, 2007
- Summer Festival - June 15-July 8, 2007
- Ann Arbor Film Festival - March 20-25, 2007
Dates often change. Check Ann Arbor web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter-Huron Metropark, Delhi Metropark
Historic sites and museums: Gerald R. Ford Library, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Artrain USA, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan Museum of Art
Colleges and universities:
University of Michigan, Concordia University Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 156
The first impression created by Ann Arbor is one of Midwestern charm. It seems to be almost entirely composed of trim, shady, residential streets, some rising steeply out of the winding river valley toward the range of rolling hills in which Ann Arbor is set.
-- WPA Guide to Michigan, 1941
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Ancestry & family history
17% of Ann Arbor residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Ann Arbor ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Ann Arbor was $26,419, compared with $21,587 nationally.
69% of Ann Arbor residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Ann Arbor festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Summer Festival - J
- Art Fairs - J
- Ann Arbor Film Festival - M
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Ann Arbor include Old West Side Historic District, University of Michigan Central Campus Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Ann Arbor, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $696. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,369.
Libraries in Ann Arbor include Ann Arbor District Library, Bentley Historical Library, Nellie S. Loving Branch Library, Northeast Branch Library, Washtenaw County Library, West Branch Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Ann Arbor include Ann Arbor News
TV stations in Ann Arbor include WPXD.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WUOM.
Washtenaw County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Ann Arbor political report.
Ann Arbor restaurants taking online reservations include Shalimar Restaurant, Zingerman's Roadhouse ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Ann Arbor workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Ann Arbor between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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“ The first impression created by Ann Arbor is one of Midwestern charm. It seems to be almost entirely composed of trim, shady, residential streets, some rising steeply out of the winding river valley toward the range of rolling hills in which Ann Arbor is set. ”
~ WPA Guide to Michigan, 1941
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