Charlevoix is a very small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 2,540 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Charlevoix is the 310th largest community in Michigan. Charlevoix has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Charlevoix real estate is some of the most expensive in Michigan, although Charlevoix house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Charlevoix is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Charlevoix is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Charlevoix who work in office and administrative support (21.28%), sales jobs (11.90%), and food service (7.94%).
Another notable thing is that Charlevoix is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’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, Charlevoix’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Charlevoix spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.80 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Despite the fact that it is a small city, Charlevoix has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the city for affordable transportation.
The education level of Charlevoix citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 37.94% of adults in Charlevoix have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Charlevoix in 2010 was $29,427, which is wealthy relative to Michigan, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $117,708 for a family of four. However, Charlevoix contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Charlevoix home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Charlevoix residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Charlevoix include English, Irish, French , and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in Charlevoix is English. Other important languages spoken here include Vietnamese and German.