Recap: This fall there are 8 home football games out of the 12 game regular season. We used this rather unprecedented home game advantage as an impetus to ask ourselves how we stack up against other, similar regions. How does Ann Arbor compare to other college towns in the US? 

The last home game of the season! How can it be the 11th game already?

This one is against Indiana University in Bloomington, the Hoosiers. Good luck trying to find the origin of the term, which remains a matter of debate within the state… anyone born in Indiana or resident of the state is considered a Hoosier. OR anyone who went to Indiana University.

One thing Indiana University is particularly well-known for is its Music Program. IU Jacobs School of Music is widely known as one of the best music schools in the nation. The institution boasts an astounding thirteen choirs, seven symphonic orchestras, eight wind bands, a nationally lauded contemporary music ensemble, and well over 600 performances per year. With 1600 students, IU Jacobs School of Music produces a large number of top notch performers every year, many of whom go on to win positions in orchestras all over the world, or recording contracts.

The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance also holds a high place in national opinion. It is considered to have the very best musical theatre program in the country, among other highly ranked performance, conducting, and academic programs, and consistently sends students to lucrative positions in the top Broadway stages and professional symphonies globally. Outside of classical music performance, the school also boasts a state-of-the-art music production facility and a low faculty-to-student ratio.

Both music schools offer a more well-rounded education to their students as a result of being part of larger universities – in contrast to schools like Juilliard, who produce fantastic musicians, but can’t provide wider avenues of study.

Bloomington and Ann Arbor are relatively similar, unlike some of our other comparisons. Here is our usual context to set the stage for the infographic:

·         Bloomington is smaller than Ann Arbor by about 30,000 people – and IU has a slightly larger total enrollment.

·         Both Bloomington and Ann Arbor are in similar proximity to a large metropolitan city – Bloomington is about an hour away from Indianapolis.

·         We often show up on the same “best” lists, like The 50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever, The 100 Smartest Cities in America, Top 100 Best Places to Live, Best Cities for Entrepreneurs, etc.


Indiana vs. Mich


ICYMI – Here are links to the series on our athletic (and economic) competition!

Ann Arbor vs. Iowa City

Ann Arbor vs. College Park

Ann Arbor vs. East Lansing

Ann Arbor vs. Urbana/Champaign

Ann Arbor vs. New Brunswick

Ann Arbor vs. Madison

Ann Arbor vs. State College

Ann Arbor vs. Boulder 

Michigan vs. Florida

Michigan vs. Hawaii


Source: SPARK