Ann Arbor’s neighbor to the South, Saline, is another slice of Americana. Ask anyone who lives, works, or owns a business in Saline and they’re almost sure to tell you some variation of this thought: “We’re a friendly, family-oriented town.” In Saline you’ll find upscale shops, restaurants, and services – in and around the quaint, intimate downtown and surrounding clean, safe neighborhoods – while enjoying natural beauty and room to roam on the city’s rural edges.
The city is popular for its annual Celtic Festival, which attracts people from all over the United States and its sister cities Brecon, Wales, United Kingdom and Lindenberg, Germany. It is also the hometown of the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, formerly known as the two separate groups Saline Fiddlers and Fiddlers ReStrung, two nationally renowned high school bluegrass/fiddle groups. Saline, whose well-regarded school district is perhaps its biggest draw, was ranked the 63rd best place to live (out of 1,300 locations) in a 2009 CNN/Money Magazine survey, and it also made CNN/Money’s list of best places to retire in 2005.