33 Facts About Ann Arbor


Ann Arbor is a city in the U S state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County.

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Ann Arbor is included in the Greater Detroit Combined Statistical Area and the Great Lakes megalopolis, the most populated and largest megalopolis in North America.

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Ann Arbor was founded in 1824, named after the wives of the village's founders, both named Ann, and the stands of bur oak trees.

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Lands of present-day Ann Arbor were part of Massachusetts's western claim after the French and Indian War, bounded by the latitudes of Massachusetts Bay Colony's original charter, to which it was entitled by its interpretation of its original sea-to-sea grant from The British Crown.

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Ann Arbor was founded in 1824 by land speculators John Allen and Elisha Walker Rumsey.

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Ann Arbor became the seat of Washtenaw County in 1827, and was incorporated as a village in 1833.

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The town became a regional transportation hub in 1839 with the arrival of the Michigan Central Railroad, and a north–south railway connecting Ann Arbor to Toledo and other markets to the south was established in 1878.

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In 1851, Ann Arbor was chartered as a city, though the city showed a drop in population during the Depression of 1873.

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Ann Arbor saw increased growth in manufacturing, particularly in milling.

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Ann Arbor became a locus for left-wing activism and anti-Vietnam War movement, as well as the student movement.

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Ann Arbor is situated on the Huron River in a productive agricultural and fruit-growing region.

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Ann Arbor has a typically Midwestern humid continental climate, which is influenced by the Great Lakes.

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Ann Arbor has a small population of Arab Americans, including students as well as local Lebanese and Palestinians.

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Ann Arbor Terminals manufactured a video-display terminal called the Ann Arbor Ambassador during the 1980s.

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Ann Arbor is the home to Internet2 and the Merit Network, a not-for-profit research and education computer network.

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The recent surge in companies operating in Ann Arbor has led to a decrease in its office and flex space vacancy rates.

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Borders Books, started in Ann Arbor, was opened by brothers Tom and Louis Borders in 1971 with a stock of used books.

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Ann Arbor is a major center for college sports, most notably at the University of Michigan.

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Ann Arbor is represented in the NPSL by semi-pro soccer team AFC Ann Arbor, a club founded in 2014 who call themselves The Mighty Oak.

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The current mayor of Ann Arbor is Christopher Taylor, a Democrat who was elected as mayor in 2014.

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Ann Arbor is part of Michigan's 12th congressional district, represented in Congress by Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat.

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Ann Arbor has a local state district court, which serves only the City of Ann Arbor.

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Ann Arbor Federal Building on Liberty Street serves as one of the courthouses for the U S District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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In 1975, Ann Arbor became the first U S city to use instant-runoff voting for a mayoral race.

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Nationally, Ann Arbor is located in Michigan's 12th congressional district, represented by Democrat Debbie Dingell.

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Ann Arbor is home to several private schools, including Emerson School, the Father Gabriel Richard High School, Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, Clonlara School, Michigan Islamic Academy, and Greenhills School, a prep school.

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University of Michigan dominates the city of Ann Arbor, providing the city with its distinctive college-town character.

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Ann Arbor News, owned by the Michigan-based Booth Newspapers chain, was the major newspaper serving Ann Arbor and the rest of Washtenaw County.

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Ann Arbor has been said to be the first significant city to lose its only daily paper.

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Four major AM radio stations based in or near Ann Arbor are WAAM 1600, a conservative news and talk station; WLBY 1290, a business news and talk station; WDEO 990, Catholic radio; and WTKA 1050, which is primarily a sports station.

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The Gelman plume is a potential threat to one of the City of Ann Arbor's drinking water sources, the Huron River, which flows through downtown Ann Arbor.

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Ann Arbor Municipal Airport is a small, city-run general aviation airport located south of I-94.

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City was a major rail hub, notably for freight traffic between Toledo and ports north of Chicago, Illinois, from 1878 to 1982; however, the Ann Arbor Railroad provided passenger service from 1878 to 1950, going northwest to Frankfort and Elberta on Lake Michigan and southeast to Toledo.

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