Widely known for its annual Celtic Festival, Saline is a small town outside Ann Arbor with excellent schools and a community-centered feel.
Saline, with a population of about 9,000, is located just 10 minutes southwest of Ann Arbor. Founded in 1832, Saline has an agricultural heritage still visible today, although most current residents are professionals working in Saline or in the Ann Arbor and greater Detroit areas.
Newcomers are attracted to Saline by its proximity to Ann Arbor and Saline Area School District’s tradition of academic excellence. They soon find that Saline is a lively community, offering the charm of small town living combined with easy access to the commerce and cultural offerings of nearby Ann Arbor. Special events are on tap in Saline throughout the year, highlighted by the annual Celtic Festival, drawing thousands of people from southeast Michigan and beyond.
Saline Area Schools has a reputation of excellence, which is a significant reason why people choose to move to Saline. In 2011 five of the six Saline schools were in the 90th percentile of Michigan schools. In addition, Newsweek named Saline High School as one of the best high schools in America. Also putting Saline on the map are the Saline Fiddlers, Saline High School students who have performed all over the U.S. over the last 13 years, including three times at the White House.
Saline’s Parks and Recreation Department includes nine parks and the Recreation Complex, featuring two pools; an indoor track; basketball, tennis and volleyball courts; weight rooms; aerobics studio, and more. A full range of fitness and recreation programs are offered by the Parks and Recreation Department throughout the year.
Saline offers a variety of housing styles, from historic frame homes in city neighborhoods to spacious executive residences on large suburban lots.