Welcome to Ypsilanti
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.
If you're looking for a small city that's both affordable and fun, it's time to check out Ypsilanti!
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Spotlights of Ypsilanti
Plenty of lush parks along Ypsilanti's Huron River provide areas for walking, biking, picnicking, sports, and scenic relaxation. For an even bigger adventure, the surrounding Washtenaw County offers over 23,000 acres of parkland for hiking, skiing, canoeing, mountain biking, golfing, fishing, and more.
Two Downtown Districts
Ypsilanti has not one but two entertainment districts—Downtown and Depot Town, each filled with tons of unique shops, restaurants, galleries, and other businesses. Depot Town is home to the Riverside Arts Center, where both live performances and beautiful visual art can be enjoyed. Other cultural entertainment can be found at Eastern Michigan University, particularly at Pease Auditorium.
There's always something happening in Ypsilanti, whether that's a fun-but-casual First Friday or a major celebration like ypsiGLOW. There's also the Elvisfest tribute concert and festival (the largest in the nation), the three-day YpsiFest, and niche events like the Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Festival.
Ypsilanti at a Glance
Ann Arbor: 10 miles, about 20 min
Detroit: 35 miles, about 35 min
Airports: Willow Run Airport, Ann Arbor Municipal
Highways: I-94, US-12, US-23
Population (2014): 20,081
Zip Codes: 48197, 48198
Mean Home Price (2013): $136,425
Living in Ypsilanti
If you want to get more home for your money, Ypsilanti is a great spot to start your search. Median home values here are just over $140,000, so they're very affordable (though it's definitely still possible to find higher-end luxury homes). Construction ranges from historic to brand-new and everywhere in between.
Ypsilanti is conveniently located just 20 minutes from Ann Arbor and its outstanding employment opportunities—but this city has plenty of its own major employers, too. Some of the largest employers in Ypsilanti include Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti Public Schools, Cogitate Incorporated, McVey Enterprises, and more.
Students in Ypsilanti are served by Ypsilanti Community Schools, a mid-sized district of just over 3,900 students with two early-learning centers, three elementary schools, one international elementary school, one middle school, and two high schools. Students also have the option of attending Global Tech Academy. Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College are also located in Ypsilanti.
Ypsilanti might be smaller than 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 Museum, the Automotive Heritage Museum, and the Firehouse Museum.
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