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Ferndale, MI
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Ferndale profile


Living in Ferndale



Ferndale is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 18,969 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Ferndale is the 70th largest community in Michigan. Much of the housing stock in Ferndale was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Of important note, Ferndale is also a city of artists. Ferndale has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Ferndale’s character.

Also of interest is that Ferndale has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 15.77% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

Ferndale, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Ferndale, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Ferndale is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 53.07% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Ferndale in 2018 was $48,050, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $192,200 for a family of four. However, Ferndale contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Ferndale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Italian.