Why Ann Arbor

Why Ann Arbor?

Rated the most educated city in the U.S. by Wallethub.com, Ann Arbor’s breadth of talent supports a wide range of specializations and industries, including life sciences, software engineering and mobility. From tech startups to global investors, Ann Arbor is a smart choice for any forward-thinking business.


most educated city in the U.S.

50% of Ann Arbor's residents have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Top 5

in best cities for millennials to call home

And a top 10 place for entrepreneurs to live and work.

Top 10

in best cities for small business

Ann Arbor received more than $19 million in private investment in 2017.

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Cost of Doing Business in Michigan

Business are coming to Michigan and businesses are expanding their operations here because of a business friendly environment that the Tax Foundation ranks among the best in the nation.


Corporate Income Tax


Personal (flat) Income Tax


Sales Tax (+ no local sales tax)

Cost of Living in Ann Arbor

Michigan’s cost of living is 11% below the national average and ranks as the fourth most affordable state in the country.

Washington, DC

Living in Washington, DC's is nearly 14% more expensive than living in Ann Arbor. Named the most educated city in the U.S., Ann Arbor has an extremely qualified talent pool and a flourishing technology environment that is drawing startups and established business alike from overly expensive tech-centric areas like Silicon Valley.


Living in Chicago is 4% more expensive than living in Ann Arbor, and with everything from urban excitement to the great outdoors, Ann Arbor provides the best of both worlds — including unique shopping districts and entertainment — as well as popular farmer's markers and art fairs.

San Francisco

Living in San Francisco will cost you over 41% more when compared to living in Ann Arbor. Not to mention Michigan is surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, boasting more freshwater coastline than California, or any other state for that matter.

New York-Newark-Jersey MSA

Living in the New York-Newark-Jersey MSA is 24% more expensive compared to living in Ann Arbor. With a youthful and energetic vibe, Ann Arbor is full of great outdoor and green spaces, exceptional museums, literary culture, and renowned eateries.

Supply Chain & Infrastructure

Michigan is within 500 miles of nearly half the U.S. and Canadian population and commerce centers providing unparalleled access to market.

$500 Million

in trade crosses between Michigan and Canada daily via the Ambassador Bridge, the busiest border crossing in North America.


of the globe's freshwater surrounds Michigan, the Great Lakes state.

TOP 10

in the nation for road infrastructure with toll-free highways across the state.


commercial airports in Michigan, including Detroit Metropolitan, one of the largest U.S. air hubs.


Why Michigan:
1. Wallet Hub 
2. Forbes
3. Value Penguin

Cost of doing business: Tax Foundation
Cost of living: EMSI

Supply Chain:
1. CBC News
2. Department of Environmental Equality
3. U.S. Department of Transportation
4. Official USA