Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ann Arbor named Top College Sports Town in Nation

Ann Arbor was named the number one college sports town in the nation, according to Forbes magazine. Coming as no surprise to city residents, Ann Arbor tops the list of top college towns once again. The iconic University of Michigan football team is a huge draw every fall, enticing fans from around the country to the “Big House” stadium. The Wolverine football team has a rich history at the school, and boasts a former president, Gerald Ford, as a player on the team. The university is a pillar in the community, and is one of the many things Ann Arbor realtors tell prospective Ann Arbor home buyers considering moving to the city. The university’s sports excellence continues into their hockey, basketball, gymnastics, and lacrosse teams, among other sporting teams and intramurals.

Our city is a haven for athletes and outdoor lovers, boasting many city parks, biking trails, and even a river for boating on. Ann Arbor’s focus on active living and earth-friendly activities are some of the many things that set it apart from other university towns. The city’s commitment to environmentally-friendly practices like recycling, the availability of local food, and green building practices make it an attractive place to live for prospective university students.

Forbes Magazine, in naming Ann Arbor the top college sports town in the country, said this about the city: “Ann Arbor, Mich., home to the University of Michigan, is a great choice. The town of 114,000 has it all: a top-notch public school system, a low crime rate and very affordable housing (the median price for a four-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,200-square-foot is $148,000). Museums and good restaurants abound. And even though its high-profile football and basketball teams have struggled as of late, the school's other teams--like golf, rowing and softball--have excelled, so much so that Michigan finished fifth overall in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup last year, a ranking by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics of schools based on their performance in every sport.”

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