Ann Arbor is a city in the eastern portion of Washtenaw County and the center of the western half of the 734 area code. The city is the sixth-largest city in Michigan, and it has a population of 113,934 people. Ann Arbor is known all over the world as the home of the University of Michigan, which moved to the city from Detroit in 1837. The university is the cityís single largest employer and provides jobs to 30,000 people. The University of Michigan Law School, which is one of the top ten law schools in the nation according to US News and World Report, has a similar impact on the legal community, providing both employment and future employees for Ann Arborís legal community.
Just as the University of Michigan has a significant impact on Ann Arborís economy, the school is continually influencing the cityís social scene. In the 1960s, the students of the university made Ann Arbor an important hub for liberal politics, and the city was the site of the first teach-in protesting the Vietnam War in 1965. During the modern era, Ann Arbor has continued to grow as a college town. Other notable post-secondary education institutions in Ann Arbor are Concordia University Ann Arbor and Cleary University.
Ann Arbor is home to other industries beyond just education. The universityís presence has also helped foster Ann Arborís growing research and development industry, and the city is home to research and development laboratories for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, General Dynamics, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Lotus Engineering. Technology is also a sizable industry in Ann Arbor. JSTOR, ProQuest, Barracuda Networks, Arbor Networks, Weather Underground, and Arbortext are all notable technology-related companies in Ann Arbor. Googleís AdWords program operations are also located in the city. Attorneys fascinated by the history of dentistry enjoy paying a visit to the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, which contains over ten thousand items related to the history of dentistry. Art students residing in the 734 area code often visit the University of Michigan Museum of Art in order to study the eighteen thousand works of art housed in the museum. Lawyers and other professionals who are alumni of the University of Michigan never miss an opportunity to return to their alma mater to cheer on the University of Michigan Wolverine football team in the football stadium known as ďthe Big House.Ē Gilbert and Sullivan fanatics from the 734 area code love attending the semi-annual performances of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas staged by the University of Michiganís Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Lawyers who enjoy live rock music frequently attend live performances at the Blind Pig, which was cited by the band Nirvana as being their favorite venue of all time to perform in. Children from all over the 734 area code enjoy spending an afternoon finding the fairy doors hidden throughout Ann Arborís downtown area. Medical marijuana advocates that are part of the legal community in Ann Arbor always attend Hash Bash, which is an annual event focused on the legalization of recreational marijuana on the local, state, and national level.