Decatur, MI
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Decatur is a very small village located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 1,767 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Decatur is the 377th largest community in Michigan.

Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Decatur is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Decatur is a village of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Decatur who work in office and administrative support (13.13%), teaching (8.76%), and sales jobs (6.43%).

The percentage of people in Decatur with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.43% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Decatur in 2010 was $17,261, which is lower middle income relative to Michigan, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $69,044 for a family of four. Decatur also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.11% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Decatur is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Decatur home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Decatur residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Decatur also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.40% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Decatur include English, Irish, Dutch, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Decatur is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Native American languages.