Ann Arbor — often abbreviated as AA or A2 — is a city 35 miles (56 km) north of the Ohio state line and 45 miles (72 km) west of Detroit, near where the furthest exurban fringes give way to country and small towns. Founded in 1824, it was originally named "Annarbour" after the two founders' wives (Ann Allen and Mary Ann Rumsey) and an arbor of burr oak trees on the village site (although some have theorized that the name arose from an arbor of roses or grapes). Today the city has a population of about 115,000 people. As home of the University of Michigan, the city swells during the school year with thousands college students and thousands of visitors who come to town for football games and various festivals.
Ann Arbor has a strong bent toward the arts, and an attractive and pedestrian-friendly downtown. Visitors enjoy the city's wonderful sidewalk cafe dining, unique shops, lots of bookstores, and abundant cultural opportunities.
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