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%).

Detroit, like many big cities in America, has a public transportation system, but the citizens of Detroit are lucky because theirs is one of the most extensive and widely used. Many commuters choose to leave their cars at home and instead use the bus to get to and from work. In fact, for some people it is feasible to forgo car ownership entirely, avoiding the cost and headache of driving in heavy traffic. The benefits include reduced air pollution and load on the road network.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Detroit rank slightly lower than the national average. 13.46% 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 $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.