Alma is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 9,193 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Alma is the 124th largest community in Michigan.
Unlike some cities, Alma isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Alma are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Alma is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Alma who work in office and administrative support (13.93%), teaching (9.53%), and sales jobs (8.66%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.26% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Alma, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Alma provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Alma spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.09 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The education level of Alma citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.71% of adults in Alma have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Alma in 2010 was $17,486, 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 $69,944 for a family of four. However, Alma contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Alma home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Alma residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Alma include English, Irish, French , and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in Alma is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.