Ann Arbor Area Community Profiles
Our Community Profiles give you a snapshot overview of the towns…please feel free to link on their individual websites to get further information on their offering. You can also visit our Area Amenities pages to learn more about Academics, Healthcare, and more.
The City of Ann Arbor is regularly named in National surveys as “One of the Best Places to Live” in the country. Residents enjoy the tree lined streets, world-class academics, and the varied cultural and sports attractions. Home to the University of Michigan, it hosts some of the greatest research and development facilities, medical care, technology, and opportunities in all facets of business. You can find it all here.
Ann Arbor Mailing and Schools encompass another six townships and villages: Ann Arbor Township, The Village of Barton Hills, Lodi Township, Northfield Township, Superior Township and Pittsfield Township. Each township has it´s own governing boards. Learn more about the individual areas by clicking on their name.
Belleville is twenty miles southeast of Ann Arbor, this is a midpoint between Detroit and Ann Arbor. The City runs along the lakeshore of Wayne County´s largest inland lake-Belleville Lake. The Belleville Area encompasses the City, Sumpter Township and Van Buren Township. Van Buren Schools service most of the area with outlying areas attending Ypsilanti Public Schools.
Brighton is 18 miles north of Ann Arbor in Livingston County, Brighton is deemed a “bedroom community” because of it´s location between Detroit and Lansing. Beautiful, yet quaint and trendy, it has undergone substantial growth in the last 10 years. Brighton Area Schools service all of Brighton as well as portions of Genoa, Hamburg & Green Oak Townships.
Located 17 miles east of Ann Arbor, Canton is considered a Detroit suburb. Canton shares a school district with Plymouth. The outer areas of Canton Township are served by Wayne-Westland Schools (SE section of Township) and Van Buren Schools (SW section of Twp).
Chelsea is located 15 miles west of Ann Arbor. Home to the Purple Rose Theatre Company, Chelsea boasts a rich cultural and arts community. Downtown is quaint with its brick storefronts, the historic Clock Tower district, and unique shops. Chelsea District Schools also include Lima Township.
Dexter Village of Dexter
Dexter, 10 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, is nestled along the banks of the Huron River. Dexter is a friendly town with an enchanting downtown. Although small, it has experienced rapid growth in the last several years while maintaining its small-town charm. The Village and Townships of Dexter share the school system, but are separately governed.
Grass Lake is a lovely little town 25 miles west of Ann Arbor. It has a rural feel with many small farms and is dependent upon nearby larger towns for shopping and activities. Grass Lake has its own school district.
An historic downtown is home to the city’s Opera House, enchanting shops, and nice restaurants. Howell is also known for its Outlet Mall and the annual Balloon Fest. 30 miles northwest of Ann Arbor makes it an ideal location for commuters to Detroit or Lansing. Howell has its own school district.
Livonia is a large Detroit suburb located 25 miles east of Ann Arbor. With major expressway arteries all around it, it is an ideal commuter location. It has both residential and commercial sectors with everything from shopping to universities to light industrial within its city limits.
Manchester is a delightful town, 26 miles southwest of Ann Arbor. A quiet community with a country feel, yet due to its distance from larger towns, it is self-reliant with its own schools, shopping and entertainment. Lima Township also attends Manchester Schools.
Milan is a quiet little community located 18 miles south of Ann Arbor. It is split between Monroe and Washtenaw Counties, but has a single school district. It has an active business district with a small-town society feel.
Don’t let the old-world charm mislead you, this area covers everything from historic Victorian-era architecture to upscale modern homes. This city is 21 miles northeast of Ann Arbor and considered one of the more affluent Detroit suburbs.
Twenty-four miles northeast of Ann Arbor, Novi is easily accessed by any one of the three major expressways that surround it. The community of Novi prides itself on its cultural diversity, multinational companies, and schools.
The Village of Pinckney is located 23 miles northwest of Ann Arbor in Livingston County. It is renown for the State Recreational Area which has hiking, swimming, bridle and cross country trails. Pinckney is part of Putnam Township and students attend Pinckney Community Schools.
The City of Plymouth is one of Michigan’s oldest communities. Located 18 miles east of Ann Arbor, it is has a picturesque downtown and many historic homes, while also having a plethora of new construction developments available. It shares a school district with neighboring Canton.
Saline has been ranked as one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” by CNN/ Money Magazine. Nine miles from Ann Arbor, you’ll find upscale shops and restaurants in and around the downtown area. Residents enjoy the beauty of the city’s rural outskirts, while enjoying the “big city” amenities. Saline Area Schools District.
South Lyon is 16 miles northeast of Ann Arbor, and is known for its bustling downtown, fabulous parks, and seasonal festivals. Its proximity between Lansing and Detroit make it a top choice for both residential commuters and business location.
Tecumseh is a rural community with big city style. It has a lovely historic district with shops & restaurants, and larger chain store shopping on the west side of town. Located in Lenawee County, it is 26 miles southwest of A2 and has its own schools.
Whitmore Lake is a small town 12 miles north of Ann Arbor. Residents take pleasure in the beautiful all-sports, 750 acre Whitmore Lake. Situated between Ann Arbor & Brighton, residents depend on neighboring cities for shopping and amenities. It has its own school system.
Ypsilanti is home to Eastern Michigan University. Residents enjoy the revitalized downtown & historic district. It is 8 miles east of Ann Arbor and has 4 school districts: Ypsilanti Public, Lincoln Consolidated, Van Buren, and Willow Run Community Schools.