Elberta is a tiny village located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 371 people and just one neighborhood, Elberta is the 582nd largest community in Michigan. Much of the housing stock in Elberta was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Elberta is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Elberta is a village of service providers, managers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Elberta who work in management occupations (21.35%), food service (12.36%) and maintenance occupations (7.87%).
Of important note, Elberta is also a village of artists. Elberta has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Elberta’s character.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Elberta is a major vacation destination. Much of the village’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Elberta’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
The overall crime rate in Elberta is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.
It is a fairly quiet village because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Elberta has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Elberta has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Elberta than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Elberta may be for you.
Being a small village, Elberta does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.