Muncie is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 70,087 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 (13.01%), food service (11.99%), and sales jobs (11.79%).
Muncie is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Muncie have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Muncie’s economy is one such example of this.
The education level of Muncie citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.60% of adults in Muncie have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Muncie in 2010 was $16,806, which is low income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $67,224 for a family of four. Muncie also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.25% 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 Irish, English, French , and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Muncie is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.