Ann Arbor named among top 100 best places to live in US

Tulips and businesses on Ann Arbor's Main Street. (Sarah Parlette, WDIV)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Tree Town is one of three Michigan cities to take the top 100 spots on Livability’s “Best Places to Live in the U.S.” list for 2023.

The travel website looked at data from cities with populations ranging from 75,000-500,000 people across the United States. Cities were rated based on several categories including transportation, health, environment, safety, economy, housing and cost of living.

Ann Arbor ranks high for transportation, education and health, but low for economy, environment and housing.

“Go big, go bold, go blue in Ann Arbor. Located in southeastern Michigan, Ann Arbor is a thriving college town full of plenty of things to do, from top-notch schools to plenty of parks and recreation opportunities, all while maintaining a low cost of living,” wrote Livability editors on the city’s profile.

Among the reasons cited for the city’s place on the list are its affiliation with the University of Michigan, easy access to hospitals and health care, the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair, Zingerman’s Delicatessen, and its “innovation-driven economy.”

Livability partnered with Applied Geographic Solutions to give 2,000 cities a LivScore as a combination of scores from different categories. Ann Arbor received a 732, while the two other Michigan cities on the list -- Troy and Rochester Hills -- received 837 and 798, respectively.

Data for the scoring was pulled from various organizations and government entities including the Census Bureau, USPS, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Department of Education, the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service.

Learn more about the list here.

About the Author:

Sarah has worked for WDIV since June 2018. She covers community events, good eats and small businesses in Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Grand Valley State University.