Ann Arbor Ranked No. 6 Best Place to Live in the U.S.

The rest of the world is taking notice of something we’ve known for a very long time: Ann Arbor is one of the best places to live in the country.

That’s right: Tree Town recently appeared towards the very top of Niche’s list of The Best Cities to Live in America in 2022. The city came in sixth place, only behind Overland Park, Kansas (#5), Arlington, Virginia (#4), Naperville, Illinois (#3), Cambridge, Massachusetts (#2), and The Woodlands, Texas (#1). The ranking specifically looked at major cities with populations above 100,000.

Surprisingly (but perhaps not so surprisingly), many of the top-ranking cities were also some of the lesser-known cities in the country, with more widely known cities, such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh, appearing a bit lower on the list.

Niche used a number of different factors to determine the ranking, pulling in data from the U.S. Department of Education, the Census Bureau, the FBI, and public-sentiment polling. Factors included education, the cost of living, crime rates, and the overall satisfaction from current residents.

Ann Arbor scored highly in all categories, especially when looking at public schools, affordable home prices, and the city’s high employment rate. Let’s see just how well Ann Arbor fared in each of the major categories!