Beaver Island is a tiny town located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 664 people and just one neighborhood, Beaver Island is the 527th largest community in Michigan.
Real Estate Prices
Beaver Island real estate is some of the most expensive in Michigan, although Beaver Island house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Occupations and Workforce
Beaver Island is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Beaver Island is a town of sales and office workers, professionals and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Beaver Island who work in office and administrative support (11.40%), sales jobs (11.40%) and maintenance occupations (10.53%).
Also of interest is that Beaver Island has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.87% 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Beaver Island is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Beaver Island’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
The overall crime rate in Beaver Island is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Beaver Island has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Beaver Island a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
One of the benefits of Beaver Island is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 12.11 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.