Washtenaw County Real Estate Information

A populous county in the Detroit-Warren-Flint Combined Statistical Area, Washtenaw County, Michigan, is a large county, consisting of 723 square miles, 13 square miles of which is water, and a population measured to be around 323,000 in 2000. The county is most widely known for its county seat, Ann Arbor, the state's seventh-largest city and home to the esteemed University of Michigan. 

Other cities in the county include Chelsea, Milan, Saline and Ypsilanti, as well many unincorporated communities. Residents in the county were measured in 2000 to have a median annual household income of around $52,000. The university is the county's largest employer, with around 30,000 workers, including approximately 7,500 in the medical center. Education, high-tech, biotechnology and health care are the leading industries in the county.  

The county is home to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and several research centers, especially in the high-tech and engineering fields. In addition to UM, which has a student population of around 40,000, the county's Ypsilanti is home to another large institution, Eastern Michigan University, with an enrollment of around 26,000. Other colleges include  Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Cleary University and Washtenaw Community College. 

The county operates 10 parks, a recreation center, a water park and a golf course. UM's Nichols Arboretum is 123 acres of trees and plant life. Notable sites here include the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre; the Arbor Opera Theater; the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra; the Ann Arbor Ballet Theater; the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Several events are held through the year, including the annual Heritage Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Elvis Festival, the Orphan Car Festival, the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival and a Latino festival.