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.

Unlike some cities, Dowagiac isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Dowagiac are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Dowagiac is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dowagiac who work in office and administrative support (14.04%), sales jobs (12.92%), and food service (8.55%).

As is often the case in a small city, Dowagiac doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The population of Dowagiac has a very low overall level of education: only 9.47% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Dowagiac in 2010 was $14,592, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $58,368 for a family of four. Dowagiac also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 41.88% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Dowagiac is an extremely 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. Dowagiac also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.19% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Dowagiac include Irish, English, Dutch, and Polish.

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