Ann Arbor Stats & Rankings


Ann Arbor Population (Census 2010): 113,934 (Southeast Michigan Council of Governements).

Ann Arbor “Metro” Area Population (Census 2010): 225,461 residents (Ann Arbor City – 4,067Pittsfield Township – 34,663Ypsilanti City – 19,435Ypsilanti Township – 53,362)

College Students: 64,674 = 41,674 (Fall 2009 Enrollment at U of M) + 23,000 (Fall 2009 Enrollment at Eastern Michigan University)

Religious Affiliation

7.8% Evangelical Protestant (Washtenaw County)

33.42% Religious


From the Downtown District Authority and the City of Ann Arbor. I’ve edited the list to make it more accurate and readable.

2012 Rankings and Reports

2011 Rankings and Reports

2010 Rankings and Reports

2009 Rankings and Reports

2008 Rankings and Reports:

2007 Rankings and Reports:

  • Ann Arbor’s own Main Street was voted “Best Main Street in Michigan” by the Automobile Club of Michigan
  • Sperling’s BestPlaces ranked Ann Arbor as the 5th Best City to Live in the US
  • Expansion Management magazine rated Ann Arbor is the #1 Knowledge Worker Metro in the Nation as well as one of the Top 10 Metros for College-Educated Workers
  • Ann Arbor is 11th on Contry Home Magazine’s Greenest Places in America list

2006 Rankings and Reports:

2005 Rankings and Reports:

2004 Rankings and Reports:

  • In its April issue, Food & Wine Magazine named Zingerman’s Delicatessen to its list of the 25 best food markets in the world. San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market was the only other U.S. name on the list. The common factor – the high quality of their products.
  • The U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks the University of Michigan as the second-highest ranked public university in the country, following University of California-Berkeley.
  • Ann Arbor’s Huron High School is among top 100 public high school music programs in the country according to Grammy, the organization that awards recording artists.
  • Sperling’s Best Places, rates Ann Arbor as the 8th best city for dating because it ranks high in dining out and scores in the 98th percentile for percentage of singles.
  • Sperling’s Best Places also rated Ann Arbor as the 6th lowest stress city in America.
  • The Ann Arbor area ranked as the 6th Best Place to Live according to Frommer’s travel guides

2003 Rankings and Reports:

  • Money magazine rated Ann Arbor as one of the best cities to retire in 2003

2002 Rankings and Reports:

  • The Media Audit ranked Ann Arbor third in the nation for Internet usage with 70.2 percent of its citizens saying they went online at least once a month. Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin tied for first with 73.4 percent.
  • The University of Michigan was second in leading the nation’s top 100 research universities in Research and Development spending, according to the Science Foundation report. Private and public-sector investments at U-M totaled $509 million in 1999. This amount helped push the state’s spending to more than $18.7 billion, second only to California.
  • Ladies Home Journal rated Ann Arbor its #3 city based on crime rate, lifestyle, public school quality, job opportunities, quality health and child care and the number of women in local government.
  • AAA Michigan Living magazine readers voted Ann Arbor’s Main Street the “Best Main Street in the State”

2001 Rankings and Reports:

  • Zero Population Growth, the environmental organization, gave Ann Arbor an A+, 13th out of 140 independent cities, for its kid-friendliness. The criteria included safety, unemployment rates, parks, air quality, class size and grades, population growth and good health care
  • Ladies Home Journal rated Ann Arbor its #2 city based on crime rate, lifestyle, public school quality, job opportunities, quality health and child care and the number of women in local government.
  • The January issue of ING (a financial services company) listed Ann Arbor as the 3rd best place to earn and save money (out of the largest 125 metro areas in the US).
  • Ann Arbor was named the 10th Best College Town in the nation by the Princeton Review
  • American Style magazine named Ann Arbor 22nd in the nation for Best Arts Destinations