Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Dominated by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is one of the most famous college towns in the nation. As such, it is unsurprising that it has the highest percentage of college graduates in our small metro category, along with above-average diversity, many restaurant and entertainment options, and great public transportation access. Ann Arbor offers lower rents than coastal cities with similar amenities. Medical and technology jobs, along with the university itself, provide the highest employment levels in the innovation sector by far for its size category.

#1 Ann Arbor, Mich.

POPULATION: 356,936
STUDENTS: 67,258
RANKING DETAIL:
#1 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#10 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#4 CITY ACCESS
#12 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#6 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#4 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#8 LABOR FORCE
#1 INNOVATION
#12 RENT

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