Hamtramck, MI
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Hamtramck is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 22,002 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Hamtramck is the 60th largest community in Michigan. Hamtramck has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Hamtramck is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 35.13% of the Hamtramck workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Hamtramck is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hamtramck who work in sales jobs (13.92%), food service (10.72%), and office and administrative support (10.65%).

The percentage of people in Hamtramck with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.93% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Hamtramck in 2010 was $10,557, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $42,228 for a family of four. Hamtramck also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 47.33% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Hamtramck is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hamtramck home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hamtramck residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Hamtramck include Polish, Yugoslavian, German, and Ukrainian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Hamtramck's cultural character, accounting for 43.29% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Hamtramck is English. Other important languages spoken here include Arabic and Indic languages.