Benton Harbor, MI
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Benton Harbor is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 9,976 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Benton Harbor is the 116th largest community in Michigan. Benton Harbor has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Benton Harbor is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Benton Harbor is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Benton Harbor who work in sales jobs (13.75%), healthcare suport services (10.07%), and office and administrative support (9.47%).

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 16.19 minutes getting to work every day.

Benton Harbor ranks among the bottom of the nation in terms of college education compared to other cities and towns: only 4.50% of people over 25 have a college degree.

The per capita income in Benton Harbor in 2010 was $10,059, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $40,236 for a family of four. Benton Harbor also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 47.40% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Benton Harbor is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Benton Harbor home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Benton Harbor residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Benton Harbor include English, Dutch, Irish, and French Canadian.

The most common language spoken in Benton Harbor is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.