Welcome to Ann Arbor, Michigan…the county seat of Washtenaw County. The recorded population according to the 2010 census is 1134, 934. Ann Arbor covers 28.70 square miles with .87 square miles being water. The city of Ann Arbor is part of the larger Detroit area making it the sixth largest city in Michigan.
Situated just 35 miles west of Detroit Ann Arbor Township connects with the city’s north and east sides. With the Huron River running through the city of Ann Arbor, you’ll fall in love with the gorgeous hills and valley’s this region has to offer. This region makes Ann Arbor the perfect location for lucrative fruit growing and agriculture. The highest elevation of around 1,000 feet is located on the west side, while lower elevations of around 750 feet are located along the river. Nicknamed the “tree town”, Ann Arbor was given the name due to its dense forests and parks. More than 50,000 trees are permanent residents along the streets and parks of Ann Arbor.
Discovered by John Allen and Elisha Walker Rumsey in 1824, the town was first registered as “Annarbour”. Both men’s wives were named Ann and burr oak trees stood on 640 acres of land they purchased for $800.00 from the federal government for $1.25 an acre. Hence the name…Ann Arbor. In 1827 Ann Arbor became the seat of Washtenaw County and was incorporated as a village in 1833. The Michigan Central Railroad of 1839 connected Ann Arbor to Toledo attracting the arrival of settlers in the 1840’s and 1850’s. The first settlers were mainly of British descent with the newer ones being of German, Irish, and African Americans. During the Depression of 1873 population decreased, but in the late 1880’s population began to increase once again.
Back in the 1960’s and 70’s Ann Arbor was the political hub for liberal politics as well as a center for left wing activism. Other movements during this time periods included the civil rights movement and anti-Vietnam War Movement.
When the greenbelt plan was voted in on November 4, 2003; the agricultural lands adjacent to Ann Arbor were protected from “sprawling” development.
To this date Ann Arbor is ranked as the one of the top places to live. CNNMoney.com rated Ann Arbor as 27 out of 100 “America’s best small cities”.
Looking for one of the foremost research universities in the nation? Look no further…Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan. The success of Ann Arbor’s economy can be directly accredited to the universityas it has over 30,000 employees. The university attracts many high tech companies due to the research and development programs and college graduates. Since the 1930’s high tech companies such as the International Radio Corp and the Argus Camera Company have helped shaped the economy of Ann Arbor. Most recent forms include Arbor Networks, Arbortext, JSTOR, Proquest, and Truven Health Analytics. In 2008 Barracuda Networks opened its engineering office on Depot street providing networking, security, and storage products. This booming city is also the headquarters for Google’s Adwords, the company’s main stream of revenue. Ann Arbor’s booming economy has led to a decrease in office and flex space…the lowest vacancy level since 2003. Other research and engineering centers include: Lotus Engineering, General Dynamics, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The United States Environmental protective Agency, and Toyota Technical Center.
If you enjoy a city that offers culture, you’ve come to the right place. With several performing art groups and facilities located on the university’s campus there is much to discover. The Universal Musical Society offers over 60 events during the year for every one of all ages. This independent performing arts organization brings in music, dance, theater, and international artists. If you enjoy the theater you can also visit other local performing arts groups such as Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, The Arbor Opera Theater, and the Arbor Symphony Orchestra. There are many galleries located in the city, mostly in the downtown area and near the university’s main campus. Enjoy a day at the museum at the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum located in the historic downtown fire station.
There are many annual events for the entire family to enjoy. Enjoy a day at the Ann Arbor Art Fair held on the streets of
down town Ann Arbor. Another popular annual event is the Arbor Film Festival held the third week of March each year.
More than 40 participating countries and over 2000 submissions make this event an award winning festival occurring in the United States each year.
If you love college sports, you hit the jack pot! Ann Arbor is home to several well-known college sports facilities including the Michigan Stadium, the largest American football stadium in the world.
Ann Arbor Public School System has one of the nation’s leading music programs. To date there are 21 elementary schools, five middle schools, and three alternative high schools. Twenty private schools give you plenty of options for
educating your children. You can also have your pick of charter schools.
The University of Michigan gives Ann Arbor its college town atmosphere. Other universities and colleges include: Concordia University Ann arbor, University of Phoenix, and Cleary University.
If you’re thinking of moving to Ann Arbor you’ll become an Ann Arborite. After a few years of residing in this college town you’ll become a townie. The “Tree Town” has much to offer for growing families of today. With a booming economy and stellar schools, you just can’t go wrong living in this riverside town!History
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