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. Adrian has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Adrian is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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%).

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Adrian, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Adrian provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

One of the benefits of Adrian is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.15 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

In terms of college education, Adrian is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.31% of adults 25 and older in Adrian have a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.