Not one for the morning commute? You’re in luck—Ann Arbor is an ideal city for those who hate long drives and long commute times. Compared to the American average commute of 24 minutes, Ann Arbor’s 18.4 minutes isn’t too shabby! And 27.5% of all commuters aren’t even drivers! Not bad at all.
Don’t want to live in the city itself? No worries! Here are the best commuter towns around Ann Arbor.
Located in Ann Arbor Township along the sores of Barton Pond, Barton Hills is just a measly 12 minutes from Downtown Ann Arbor—no highways necessary! Plus, it’s packed full of parks, trails, and beautiful outdoor areas. And residents take advantage of the award-winning education of Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Pittsfield Charter Township
Located on the south side of Ann Arbor between I-94 and US-12, Pittsfield Charter Township is a quiet respite from the city… with just a 15-minute drive into town. Plus, you’re close to Oak Valley Center, Airport Boulevard, and Briarwood Mall for tons of shopping and dining options. And students attend either Saline Area Schools or Ann Arbor Public Schools—both among the best in the state.
Situated near Pittsfield Township, Lodi is a serene country escape—just 17 minutes from Downtown Ann Arbor along Ann Arbor-Saline Road. There’s tons of amazing outdoor recreation here (comes with country living!), and students are zoned primarily to Ann Arbor Public Schools.
If you’re looking for something a little less “country” and a little more “small-town charming”, then Dexter might be the place for you. Located northwest of Ann Arbor along Dexter-Ann Arbor Road, Dexter is just 20 minutes from Downtown… but it’s got so many of its own attractions and amenities you just might never want (or need!) to leave. Bonus: Dexter Area Schools rank among the best in the state!
Like Dexter, Saline is a small town (southwest of Ann Arbor) filled with local businesses, parks, and entertainment. Also like Dexter, it’s only about a 20 minute drive from downtown. Known for its charming Downtown and fun community events, Saline is definitely a great place for those seeking small-town charm. Plus… great public schools!
Superior Charter Township
Country living meets convenience in Superior Charter Township, located directly east of Ann Arbor between Route 14 and Ypsilanti. Here, you can enjoy beautiful and more affordable homes and a surrounding of peace and tranquility. The community is home to golf courses, parks and lakes, and even an active Parks and Rec department. And it’s just 20 minutes from Downtown.
Tons of small-town charm, amazing parks and recreation, easy highway access… what’s not to love about Chelsea? Its historic Downtown is packed full of local businesses, there’s a scenic golf course, and the adjacent Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation Areas offer pretty much endless outdoor recreation. And it’s just 23 minutes (highway driving) to Downtown!
Ready to Come Find Your Home In (or Around) Ann Arbor?
If you’re thinking of relocating to or buying a home in Ann Arbor, then it’s time to contact the Missy Caulk Team. We’re here to help you explore the area, discover its beautiful neighborhoods, and find the perfect home in just the right location.