August 10, 2020

Why Ann Arbor?

It’s no secret that many people are leaving high-density major cities. First of all, they are extremely expensive. The cost to live in a city Like San Francisco or New York is ridiculous. The average rent in San Francisco for a one-bedroom is around $3,500/month. Yeah, no thank you. The cities are also densely populated and crowded. You can write a novel between car rides in these big cities and still have time to call your grandma to check up on her. So, people are leaving. With more and more positions allowing for remote work, people can work where they want to as well. Why not go somewhere nice, keep your salary, and not have to deal with the cost and the crowds of a big city? It’s almost a foolish decision to stay at this point.

So why not come and work in Ann Arbor? I’ll break down the hits on why it’s a great place to work and live:

It’s got both a big-city and small-town vibe.

There are so many things to do in this city with so many different people. There’s a group for everything here, plenty of bars, and tons of new people coming in and out during the University’s term. At the same time, it’s five square miles and doesn’t feel dense. You’ll stil recognize people on the street.

It’s highly educated and job-forward

Ann Arbor is the most educated city in the United States. There is always someone who can talk to you about your project, your work, or your vision with an analytical or creative eye. There are startups springing up like weeds. People here love creating and finding people to help them do it.

There’s so much to do in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor prides itself on its host of yearly activities within the city. The fall sports change the entire city into a wonderfully chaotic, yet strangely organized sprawl of fans and bar crawls. The winter events bring warmth even during the coldest nights. And the summer events can last an entire month. Outside of that, there are parks, lakes, rivers, trails, and campgrounds galore. You really can find most activities in this little city.

It’s less expensive, but offers just as much

Ann Arbor is so much less expensive than a tier-1 city in the United States. The amount of money someone was spaying for their one-bedroom apartment per month in San Francisco could stretch out to three months of rent here in Ann Arbor, with change to spare. All the same amenities are here as well. Bars, shopping, great restaurants, tons of groups, job opportunities, venture capitalists, a huge university talent pool, and wonderful people to meet.

We could ramble on and on about why it is such a great idea to come live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but you should just come see it for yourself. You can even chat with the 4M team to find a great place to set up shop while you’re here.

Credit To: U of Michigan Ross Student Union for this great photo. https://michiganross.umich.edu/student-voices-blog/exploring-ann-arbor