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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 639,111 people and 274 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 (12.25%), sales jobs (8.31%), and food service (7.41%).

Detroit is a popular destination for single career-starters. One thing that you will notice when you are out and about town is that there is a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters out at restaurants, listening to live music, and enjoying other activities. They are a real visible part of the culture of Detroit. This makes Detroit a good place to live for young professionals. With so many people in this demographic, Detroit presents many opportunities for single professionals to enjoy themselves, socialize, and to create lasting relationships.

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 percentage of adults in Detroit with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.35% of adults in Detroit have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Detroit in 2018 was $19,569, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $78,276 for a family of four. However, Detroit contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Detroit also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.19% 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, African, Polish, and Italian.

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