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Engineering building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
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Ann Arbor, MI

Class: Medium-sized city
Class rank: 5

Ann Arbor boasts good restaurants, a plethora of book stores (despite being the birthplace of Borders) and a lively arts scene. After all these years, The Ark still holds a prime position as a national folk music venue.

It's a young city with a strong economy, low unemployment and many information technology companies. Housing and parking are at a premium, but that's often the case in burgeoning college towns.



Combined college enrollment: 41,012

Population: 114,024
Population change, 1990-2000: 4.00%

Median age: 28.1
(National: 35.3)

Per capita income: $26,419
(National: $21,587)

Unemployment rate: 1.6%
(National: 4.0%)

Owner-occupied housing: 43.7%

Public library expenditures, per capita: $64.09

Community profiles:
Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor demographics

College profiles:
University of Michigan
Concordia University Ann Arbor

Notes:
1. All figures are for the years 1999-2000.
2. Combined enrollment figures are for the four-year colleges included in this survey.
3. Unemployment rates are an annual average.
4. Per-capita income and unemployment rates are county-level statistics.

For more on the sources and statistics used in this study, see methodology.


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