Fife Lake, MI
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Fife Lake is a tiny village located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 456 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Fife Lake is the 565th largest community in Michigan.

Fife Lake real estate is some of the most expensive in Michigan, although Fife Lake house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Fife Lake is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.52% of the Fife Lake workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Fife Lake is a village of service providers, transportation and shipping workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Fife Lake who work in office and administrative support (11.29%), maintenance occupations (8.06%), and law enforcement and fire fighting (7.26%).

Another notable thing is that Fife Lake 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, Fife Lake’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

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!) Fife Lake 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. Fife Lake has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Fife Lake than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Fife Lake may be for you.

One downside of living in Fife Lake, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.20 minutes every day commuting to work.

In Fife Lake, just 8.33% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Fife Lake in 2010 was $22,204, which is middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $88,816 for a family of four.

The people who call Fife Lake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fife Lake residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Fife Lake include Irish, English, Polish, and French .

The most common language spoken in Fife Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include German and French.

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