The Scene of Blossoming Underground Arts Outside of Ann Arbor
The up-and-coming town of Ypsilanti, MI is sometimes referred to as the “Brooklyn” to Ann Arbor’s “Manhattan”—that is, it’s a much more affordable option to those who want to be close to all the action and still surrounded by arts and culture. This growing appreciation for affordability has, in turn, lead to the development of a thriving underground arts and culture scene in the heart of Downtown Ypsilanti, making it a highly attractive community for those seeking a lifestyle of arts, entertainment, and nightlife. Located just six miles east of Ann Arbor along the shores of the Huron River, Ypsilanti is home of Eastern Michigan University, as well as a world of possibilities.
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Why Do Residents Choose Ypsilanti?
Plenty of Local Attractions & Amenities
It might be a smaller town than nearby Ann Arbor, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s lacking in amenities, attractions, or places to explore! The town is home to amenities such as the Ypsilanti District Library and the Ypsilanti Co-Op, as well as plenty of shopping and dining—both big-box chains and department stores and unique local shops and eateries. There are also several museums in the area, including the Historical, Automotive Heritage, and Firehouse museums.
Thriving Culture, Events & Entertainment in Two Downtown Districts
Possibly one of the biggest draws of this bustling little town is its blossoming arts and entertainment district. In fact, it has not one but two downtown areas—Downtown and Depot Town. Both offer plenty of options for shopping, dining, and nightlife, including bars, taverns, clubs, live music venues, and more. Depot Town in particular is known for its exciting annual events, some of which include the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival, ElvisFest, the Summer Beer Festival, and the Frog Island Festival. It’s also home to the local Riverside Arts Center, where both liver performances and beautiful visual art can be enjoyed. Other cultural entertainment can be enjoyed at Eastern Michigan University, particularly at Pease Auditorium.
A World of Outdoor Experiences Awaits
For those who love the great outdoors, there is no better place to experience it than in Ypsilanti and the surrounding countryside of Washtenaw County. Plenty of lush parks along the Huron River in Ypsilanti provide areas for walking, biking, picnicking, sports, and scenic relaxation. For an even bigger adventure, head out into the 23,000 acres of park and recreation areas of Washtenaw County for a world of golf, mountain biking, canoeing, hiking, skiing, and breathtaking natural scenery.
Highly Affordable Living Just Outside Ann Arbor
Did you know that the cost of living in Ypsilanti is 12% lower than the national average and the cost of housing is 30% lower? That means you can live in a highly affordable community just minutes from the cultural and entertainment hub of Ann Arbor and the employment opportunities of Detroit!
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Population (2014): 20,081
Zip Codes: 48197, 48198
Mean Home Price (2013): $136,425
Ann Arbor: 20 min
Detroit: 35 min
Airports: Willow Run Airport
Highways: I-94, US-12, US-23
Public District: Ypsilanti Community Schools
Alternate: Global Tech Academy
Higher Edu: Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College
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