Muncie is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 67,999 people and 23 constituent neighborhoods, Muncie is the tenth largest community in Indiana.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Muncie is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Muncie is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Muncie who work in office and administrative support (12.33%), sales jobs (10.01%), and food service (9.79%).
In addition, Muncie is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Muncie culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Muncie really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Muncie every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Muncie. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Muncie benefits directly from this.
Not only is Muncie a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Muncie is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Muncie a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
The education level of Muncie citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 23.59% of adults in Muncie have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Muncie in 2018 was $20,386, which is low income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,544 for a family of four. However, Muncie contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Muncie also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.99% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Muncie is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Muncie home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Muncie residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Muncie include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Muncie is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.