Ferndale, MI
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Ferndale is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 20,177 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Ferndale is the 67th largest community in Michigan.

Ferndale is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.26% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ferndale is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ferndale who work in office and administrative support (13.79%), sales jobs (11.36%), and management occupations (11.27%).

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.

The population of Ferndale is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 39.45% of adults in Ferndale have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ferndale in 2010 was $31,567, which is wealthy relative to Michigan, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $126,268 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 Irish, Polish, English, and Italian.

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