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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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%).

Adrian is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Adrian enrolled in college, Adrian has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

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.

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.