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Ann Arbor is a name of a city of the Michigan state, in the United States, and the county seat of Washtenaw County. It had a population of 114,024, according to the 2000 Census. The city had been named after the spouses of the city's founders and is relatively linked to the stands of trees in the area.
The city of Ann Arbor was founded in the year of 1824 by John Allen and Elisha Rumsey, they were both land surveyors. The city was incorporated as a village in 1833; later the town had become a regional transportation hub in the year of 1839, especially after the arrival of the Michigan Central Railroad.
The town was granted a charter as a city in the year of 1851. The eras of 1960s and 1970s, proved to be very significant, as the city had gained a reputation to be a center for liberal politics. The economical structure of Ann Arbor had undergone a shift from a manufacturing to a service and technology base, which kept on rising in the later days to come.
The University of Michigan is also located in the city of Ann Arbor, having been shifted from Detroit to Ann Arbor in 1837. The university is considered to be one of the top public universities in the world. The university has been a distinction of it, and giving it a distinct college-town atmosphere.
The university has also played a significant role in developing the economy of the city, by employing about 30,000 workers. The economy has got an indirect boom from the same source, as many of high-technology companies have reached to the area, due a contribution of the university's research and development money, and by its graduates. Ann Arbor has seen a rapid growth in the land prices, as well as the provision of the high level of urban facilities like shopping malls, recreational centers, and academic centers.
The climatic conditions of Ann Arbor have a typical Midwestern humid continental seasonal climate, due to the Great Lakes in the area. The citizens of Ann Arbor, enjoy all of the four distinct seasons, where winters are comparatively cold with moderate level of snowfall, the summers are quite warm and humid.
The interesting factor about the cultural factors is that, many of these have a direct link to the University of Michigan. The university campus provides a chance for many of the performing arts. The museum here are serving the human strive for art, archaeology, and natural history along with sciences.
There are other regional and local performing arts groups, having no connection with the university like the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre; the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra; the Arbor Opera Theater; the Ann Arbor Ballet Theater; the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet; and Performance Network, which has the tradition of offering new or unique plays.
There are other important places like Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, which is located in a renovated historic downtown fire station, dedicated to the science and technology sector. The art lovers can find many art galleries in the city, mostly around the downtown area or the University of Michigan campus.
Ann Arbor has a very distinct attribute of being at the first place in U.S. cities, with reference to number of booksellers and books sold per capita. The Ann Arbor District Library has also maintained its four branch outlets, apart from the main downtown building. The city is also home to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.
The city of Ann Arbor has many of the traditional annual events, mostly focused on performing and visual arts, drawing number of visitors to Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor Art Fairs, a set of four concurrent juried fairs held on downtown streets, having its beginning in the year of 1960, is one such place.
They are able to attract almost half a million visitors. One event that is not related to visual and performing arts is Hash Bash, held on the first Saturday of April, with a special reference to support of the reform of marijuana laws.