About Ann Arbor – Bardwell Lab

About Ann Arbor

annarbor01The Huron River winds through “tree town” Ann Arbor. Hidden amongst the greenery of this aerial view are the residential areas of Ann Arbor. The buildings visible in the upper third is the University of Michigan, our lab is located in center of the cluster.

Ann Arbor Area

Washtenaw County pop. – 322,895
Average Age – 27.3 years (almost 25% of Ann Arborites are between 18 and 24)
Education – 64.2 percent have four years of college or more

The Natural Science building is located in the heart of Central Campus.


  • In 2011 the University of Michigan was listed as one of the Great Colleges to work for by the Chronicle for Higher Education.
  • In 2011 Ann Arbor was an All-American City Finalist.
  • In June, 2010, Ann Arbor was ranked one of the “Ten Best Cities for Families” according to Parenting magazine.
  • Ann Arbor was named the third Best Midwest Food Town in Midwest Living’s 2010 “Best of the Midwest Issue.”
  • Forbes named Ann Arbor the “Best College Sports Town” in 2009 and 2010
  • Ann Arbor was named the “Best Place in Michigan to Raise Your Kids” by Business Week magazine in 2009.
  • Gaywired.com named Ann Arbor one of its “Top Five Surprisingly Gay-friendly Small Towns.”
  • Money Magazine ranked Ann Arbor #27 on their list of “America’s Best Small Cities” in 2008.
  • Ann Arbor was named 1st in the State of Michigan and 16th overall in Forbes 7th annual ranking of “Best Places for Business & Careers” in 2008.
  • US News listed the City of Ann Arbor as one of the top 10 “Brainiest Places to Retire” in 2008.
  • Popular Science named Ann Arbor one of America’s 50 Greenest Cities in 2008.
  • Forbes.com rated Ann Arbor as the “4th Smartest City in the America” in 2008.
  • Sperling’s Best Places ranked Ann Arbor as the “3rd Smartest City in America” in 2007.
  • Sperling’s Best Places rated Ann Arbor as the “5th Best City To Live in the U.S.” in 2007.
  • Expansion Management magazine rated Ann Arbor “#1 Knowledge Worker Metro in the Nation”, and one of the “Top 10 Metros for College-Educated Workers” in 2007.
  • Country Home Magazine awarded Ann Arbor a #11 ranking on its “Greenest Places in America” list in 2007.
  • Money magazine ranked Ann Arbor as one of the “Top 25 Places to Live in the U.S.” in 2006.
  • American Style magazine ranked Ann Arbor “One of the Top 25 Arts Destinations in the U.S.” in 2006 and in 2009.
  • Frommer’s travel guides named the Ann Arbor area the “6th Best Place to Live” in 2004.
  • Sperling’s Best Places named Ann Arbor the “6th Lowest Stress City” in the country in 2004.
  • The Princeton Review rated Ann Arbor the “10th Best College Town” in the nation in September, 2001.
  • American Style Magazine named Ann Arbor the “22nd Best Arts Destination” in the nation in 2001.
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked the world class University of Michigan Medical Center #7 in the nation on their annual 2001 Best Hospital Honor Roll.
  • Seventeen Magazine rated Ann Arbor one of the “Top Ten Places to Live”” in 1999 for teens calling it the “quintessentially cool college town.”
  • Ladies Home Journal ranked Ann Arbor the #1 “Most Woman-Friendly City” in the United States in both 1998 & 1999, #2 in 2000 and 2001 and #3 in 2002.
Students walk through the diag on Central Campus.

University of Michigan

  • Total Enrollment (Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses) – 53,031
  • Ann Arbor Enrollment – 38,103
  • Employment – In Ann Arbor, UM employs more than 27,000 Washtenaw County residents, annual payroll $900 million
  • Each home football game generates about $2.2 million for the local economy
  • Cultural activities attract about 130,000 attendees each year
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