Our 2017 rankings of top U.S. college destinations includes Ann Arbor as the best small metro. Our team of researchers gave it this ranking in large part due to its high percentage of college graduates among its residents, and its high level of diversity, affordable homes, and lots of restaurant and entertainment options. (Zingerman’s Deli, of course, is a classic.)
Ann Arbor has a history of ranking high on these sorts of lists. Niche.com ranked it the fourth best city to live in America, giving it an A+ for public schools and nightlife, and an A for diversity and family friendliness.