Detroit, MI
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Living in Detroit


Detroit is a very large city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 673,104 people and 297 constituent neighborhoods, Detroit is the largest community in Michigan.

Unlike some cities, Detroit isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Detroit are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Detroit is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Detroit who work in office and administrative support (13.83%), sales jobs (9.91%), and food service (7.01%).

Detroit is a big city, and with that comes lots of benefits. One benefit is that most big cities have public transit, but Detroit really shines when it comes to the extensiveness and use of its public transit system. More than most large American cities, Detroit citizens use public transit daily to get to and from work. And while there are transportation options, most people in Detroit ride the bus. Whereas in some cities one is destined to sit in traffic every morning to get to work and every evening to get home, in Detroit a lot leave their cars at home (if they even choose to own one), and hop a ride on the bus.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Detroit rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.23% of adults 25 and older in Detroit have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Detroit in 2010 was $16,433, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $65,732 for a family of four. Detroit also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.85% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Detroit is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Detroit home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Detroit residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Detroit include German, Irish, Polish, African, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Detroit is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.