Empire is a tiny village located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 378 people and just one neighborhood, Empire is the 581st largest community in Michigan.
Real Estate Prices
Empire home prices are not only among the most expensive in Michigan, but Empire real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Empire is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 94.41% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Empire is a village of managers, professionals and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Empire who work in management occupations (22.91%), business and financial occupations (10.61%) and teaching (9.50%).
Of important note, Empire is also a village of artists. Empire has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Empire’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Empire telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.73% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Empire 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, Empire’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Because of many things, Empire is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Empire really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Empire perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
The village is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Empire has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Empire a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
In Empire, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Empire is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.