Dowagiac, MI
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Dowagiac is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 5,851 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Dowagiac is the 174th largest community in Michigan.

Dowagiac is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Dowagiac is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Dowagiac who work in sales jobs (12.96%), office and administrative support (12.02%), and food service (9.91%).

Being a small city, Dowagiac does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The percentage of people in Dowagiac with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.59% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Dowagiac in 2010 was $15,551, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,204 for a family of four. Dowagiac also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.82% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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