Adrian, MI
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Adrian is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 20,691 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Adrian is the 64th largest community in Michigan. Much of the housing stock in Adrian was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Adrian is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Adrian is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Adrian who work in office and administrative support (14.13%), sales jobs (13.05%), and food service (8.02%).

In addition, Adrian is a college town. There are a lot of students in Adrian attending college, and as a result Adrian provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Adrian spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 19.15 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Adrian citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.31% of adults 25 and older in Adrian have a college degree.

The per capita income in Adrian in 2010 was $17,769, which is lower middle income relative to Michigan, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $71,076 for a family of four. However, Adrian contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Adrian is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Adrian home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Adrian residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Adrian also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.36% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Adrian include Irish, English, Polish, and French .

The most common language spoken in Adrian is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.