Detroit, MI
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Detroit is a very large city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 677,116 people and 297 constituent neighborhoods, Detroit is the largest community in Michigan.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Detroit is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (14.04%), sales jobs (10.30%), and food service (6.90%).

One of the benefits of being a big city like Detroit is having a public transportation system, but in Detroit the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the bus for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the bus Detroit benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.

The citizens of Detroit are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.46% of adults in Detroit have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Detroit in 2010 was $15,038, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,152 for a family of four. Detroit also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 40.29% 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, Polish, African, and English.

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