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.

Unlike some cities, Benton Harbor isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Benton Harbor are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (15.55%), office and administrative support (9.96%), and personal care services (8.76%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Benton Harbor spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.14 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Benton Harbor ranks among the least educated cities in the nation, as only 5.09% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Benton Harbor in 2010 was $10,309, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $41,236 for a family of four. Benton Harbor also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 50.34% 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, African, European, and Irish.

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