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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Alma is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Alma is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Alma who work in office and administrative support (15.55%), sales jobs (8.91%), and teaching (8.74%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.43% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Alma is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Alma to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.36 minutes getting to work every day.
The education level of Alma citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.14% of adults in Alma have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Alma in 2010 was $16,348, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $65,392 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, Dutch, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Alma is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.