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  • 2014 "Best Cities for Well-Being" #6, Ann Arbor, USA Today and Gallup
  • 2014 "Times Higher Education World Rankings" #15, University of Michigan
  • 2014 "Top 25 Ranked Business and Economics Programs with the Best Return on Investment" University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, BestValueSchools.com
  • 2014 "America's Best Main Streets" South Main Street, Ann Arbor, The Huffington Post & Fodor's Travel
  • 2013 " Most Walkable Cities" #4 Ann Arbor, Governing.com
  • 2013 "America's Top 25 High-Tech Hotspots" #18 Ann Arbor, Richard Florida, The Atlantic Cities
  • 2013 "Top 100 Best Places to Live" #13 Ann Arbor, Livability.com
  • 2013 "Best Places for Business and Careers in 2013" Ann Arbor, Forbes
  • 2013 "Best Towns in Michigan for Young Families" Ann Arbor, Nerdwallet.com
  • 2013 "The World's Top 25 Universities" #22 University of Michigan, Forbes
  • 2013 "Best and Most Collaborative Large U.S. College" #1 University of Michigan, Huffington Post
  • 2013 "Top 10 College Towns" #2 Ann Arbor, Livability.com
  • 2013 "Top Public Colleges" #5 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Forbes
  • 2013 "Top 20 Metro Areas for Venture Capital" #11 Ann Arbor, The Fiscal Times
  • 2013 "America's Most Luxurious Layovers" Detroit Metropolitan Airport, CNN Travel
  • 2013 "Smartest Cities in America" #15 Ann Arbor, BusinessInsider.com
  • 2013 "Top 50 Cities Leading the Economic Recovery" Ann Arbor, Area Development Magazine
  • 2013 "10 Best Cities for Young Adults" #2 Ann Arbor, Kiplinger 
  • 2013 "10 Coolest Cities in the Midwest" Ann Arbor, MSN Travel
  • 2013 "Best Cities for New Grads" Ann Arbor #2, Kiplinger
  • 2012 "Top 25 Graduate Entrepreneurship Programs" Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Michigan Ross School of Business #2, The Princeton Review & Entrepreneur Magazine
  • 2012 "Best College Towns" Ann Arbor #9 Livability.com
  • 2012 "Most Fun Public Golf Courses in America" The University of Michigan Golf Course, #38, Golf Digest, September issue
  • 2012 "Best Cities for Education in America -- Ann Arbor #10 Parenting.com
  • 2012 "America's Best Small Cities"-- Ann Arbor, Money Magazine
  • 2012 "Best Cities for Successful Aging-- Ann Arbor #7 Milken Institute
  • 2012 "Most Creative Cities"-- Ann Arbor #4 The Daily Beast
  • 2012 "America's Best Hospitals"-- University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers #17 US News and World Report
  • 2012 "America's Best Airports"--Detroit Metropolitan Airport #3 TravelandLeisure.com
  • 2012 "Best Places for New College Grads"-- Ann Arbor #8 The Atlantic Cities
  • 2012 "Most E-Literate Cities in the America"--Ann Arbor #2 TheAtlantic.com
  • 2012 "Greatest Main Street in America"--Ann Arbor #10 TravelandLeisure.com
  • 2012 " Best State to Make a Living in" --Michigan #6, MoneyRates.com
  • 2012 "Best Cities in America to Find a Job"--Ann Arbor #7, US News
  • 2012 "Happiest Cities in America"--Ann Arbor #5, The Daily Beast
  • 2011 “Educational Attainment in Communities with 100,000+ Residents” – Ann Arbor #1, Business Journals “On Numbers”
  • 2011 “Top 10 Turnaround Towns – Midwest” Ann Arbor #10, Realtor.com
  • 2011 “America’s 20 Geekiest Cities,” Ann Arbor #16, Forbes
  • 2011 “10 Most Educated Cities,” Ann Arbor #2, US News and World Report
  • 2011 “Most Well-Read Cities in America,” Ann Arbor #4, Amazon.com
  • 2011 “America’s Best Hospitals,” U-M Hospitals and Medical Center #14, U.S. News and World Report
  • 2011 “World’s Best Universities,” University of Michigan #18, Higher Times Education
  • 2011 “10 Most Affordable Places to Live,” Ann Arbor #6, MSN Real Estate
  • 2011 “Top Art Destinations,” Ann Arbor #6 midsize city, American Style Magazine
  • 2011  “25 Smartest College Towns in US,’ Ann Arbor #4, Daily Beast
  • 2011 “Walk Friendly Community” Gold Level, Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center
  • 2010 “Best College Sports Town,” Ann Arbor #1, Forbes
  • 2010 "5 Great Places to Retire," Ann Arbor #5, Fortune
  • 2010 "Most Educated Cities in US," Ann Arbor #2, American Community Survey
  • 2010 "Top Digital Cities," Ann Arbor #6, Center for Digital Government
  • 2010 "20 Most Innovative Cities in the Nation (and Canada)", Ann Arbor #12
  • 2010 "75 Best College Towns and Cities," Ann Arbor #2, American Institute for Economic Research
  • 2010 "10 Great Cities for Raising Families," Ann Arbor #2, Kiplinger
  • 2010 "Best Places for Recent College Grads," Ann Arbor #3, Forbes.com
  • 2010 "Wall Street Journal Recruiters Survey" University of Michigan BBA No. 1 for business, No. 1 for finance, No. 3 for computer science
  • 2010 "America's Most Livable Cities," Ann Arbor #4, Forbes.com
  • 2010 "Best Cities for Families," Ann Arbor #4, Parenting Magazine
  • 2010  "Top 10 College Towns" Ann Arbor #1,  Forbes Magazine
  • 2010 "America's Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities, Ann Arbor #14, Bicycling Magazine
  • 2010 "Best Places for Business and Careers," Ann Arbor #83, Forbes Magazine
  • 2010  "100 Top Hospitals National Benchmarks Study," St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Thomson Reuters
  • 2010 "Smartest College Towns," Ann Arbor #2, Daily Beast Media Gallery
  • 2009 "America's Best Hospitals," University of Michigan Hospitals and Medical Center #13, US News and World Report
  • 2009 "Best Small Cities for Start-ups", Ann Arbor #1 city in Michigan, Business Week
  • 2009 "Great Schools," Huron High best high school in Michigan, Business Week
  • 2009 "Best Places to Raise Your Kids," Ann Arbor #23, Business Week
  • 2009 "Best Colleges: Region by Region," Eastern Michigan University one of "Best in Midwest," Princeton Review
  • 2009 "Top Sports Town," Forbes Magazine
  • 2009 "Best Midwest Food Town," Ann Arbor, Midwest Living Magazine
  • 2009 Ann Arbor Silver ranking for bicycle friendly community, League of American Bicyclists
  • 2009 "America's Star Libraries," Ann Arbor Public Library 5-star (highest rank), Library Journal
  • 2008 World University Rankings, University of Michigan #18, highest ranked US public university
  • 2008 "Best Green Places," Ann Arbor #11, Country Home Magazine
  • 2008 "Healthiest Hometowns" Ann Arbor #1, AARP Magazine
  • 2008 "Solar America Cities," Ann Arbor, US Department of Energy
  • 2008 "Brainiest Places to Retire," Ann Arbor #1, US News & World Report
  • 2008 "100 Best Places to Live and Launch a Business," Ann Arbor #42, CNN/Money
  • 2008 "Top 50 Green Cities," Ann Arbor #24, Popular Science Magazine 
  • 2008  "America's Best Colleges 2008" U-M #25 "Top National Universities" and  #4 "Top Public National Universities", US News and World Report
  • 2008 "Best Walking Cities," Ann Arbor #3, Prevention Magazine
  • 2008 "21 Best Cycling Cities in the US," Ann Arbor #3, Bicycling Magazine
  • 2007 "Educational Quotient Gold Star," Ann Arbor Public Schools, Expansion Management Magazine
  • 2007  Fast Cities "Cities on the Verge," Ann Arbor is Start-up Hub, Fast Company Magazine
  • 2007 "Best Places to Live," Ann Arbor #5, Sperling's
  • 2007  "Greenest Places in America," Ann Arbor #11, Country Home Magazine
  • 2007 "America's Best Colleges" UM #24 Top National Universities; #4 Public University, US News and World Report
  • 2007 "American's Best Hospitals," University Michigan Hospital #14, US News and World Report
  • 2007 #6 Digital County, National Association of Counties
  • 2007  Ann Arbor #4 Smaller City for Venture Capital Deals, Site Selection Magazine
  • 2007 "Top 10 University for Nanotechnology" University of Michigan #3, SmallTimes Media
  • 2007 "Cities Ranked & Rated," Ann Arbor #5, Frommer's
  • 2007 "Best Places to Live in the US," Ann Arbor #5 (up from #6 in 2006), Sperling's BestPlaces
  • 2007  "Best Green Places to Live in America," Ann Arbor #11, Country Home Magazine
  • 2007 "Top 10 Knowledge Worker Metros," Ann Arbor #1, Expansion Management Magazine
  • 2007 "Top Metros for College-Educated Workers," Ann Arbor #10, Expansion Management Magazine
  • 2007 "Best Hospitals" University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital top state hospital and 13th nationwide, Child Magazine
  • 2006  "Top 10 Brainiest Small Cities," Ann Arbor City #1, Bizjournals
  • 2007 "Best Places to Live," Saline #59, CNNMoney.com
  • 2006  "10 Smartest Cities in the US," Ann Arbor, Forbes.com
  • 2006  Ann Arbor #3 Smartest City, MSNBC
  • 2006 "America's Top Restaurants," Zingerman's Delicatessen and Common Grill, Zagat
  • 2006 "Top 100 Global Universities," University of Michigan #11, Newsweek
  • 2006  "Top 100 Places to Live," Ann Arbor #25, Money Magazine
  • 2006  "Best Places for Singles," Ann Arbor #15, Money Magazine
  • 2006  Stephen M. Ross School of Business No. 1 North America,Wall Street Journal. The Ross School is one of only two business schools to be ranked in the top four every year since the Wall Street Journal began its rankings in 2001
  • 2006  Ann Arbor #3 "Best Cycling Cities (population 75,000 – 200,000)," Bicycling Magazine
  • Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School was named the 2006 Grammy Signature School

 

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System, Ann Arbor: U.S. NEWS RANKINGS

# 9

Ear, nose, and throat

U.S. News Score: 65.9

Reputation: 15.7%

# 11

Geriatrics

U.S. News Score: 43.4

Reputation: 4.5%

# 12

Cardiology & Heart Surgery

U.S. News Score: 49.7

Reputation: 8.5%

# 12

Gynecology

U.S. News Score: 64.4

Reputation: 8.9%

# 13

Cancer

U.S. News Score: 52.1

Reputation: 9.2%

# 14

Pulmonology

U.S. News Score: 49.7

Reputation: 8.1%

# 15

Rheumatology

 

Reputation: 6.9%

# 15

Urology

U.S. News Score: 54.1

Reputation: 7.9%

# 16

Ophthalmology

 

Reputation: 6.1%

# 17

Diabetes & Endocrinology

U.S. News Score: 47.4

Reputation: 4.9%

# 17

Rehabilitation

 

Reputation: 6.4%

# 20

Gastroenterology

U.S. News Score: 43.4

Reputation: 4.5%

# 20

Psychiatry

 

Reputation: 5.2%

# 25

Orthopedics

U.S. News Score: 37.5

Reputation: 3.9%

# 26

Nephrology

U.S. News Score: 49.2

Reputation: 3.4%

# 27

Neurology & Neurosurgery

U.S. News Score: 43.2

Reputation: 5.1%