Harbor Springs, MI
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Harbor Springs is a very small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 1,201 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Harbor Springs is the 454th largest community in Michigan. Harbor Springs has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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

Unlike some cities, Harbor Springs isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Harbor Springs are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Harbor Springs is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harbor Springs who work in sales jobs (12.56%), office and administrative support (12.31%), and management occupations (9.30%).

Another notable thing is that Harbor Springs is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’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, Harbor Springs’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Harbor Springs spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.30 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Harbor Springs is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The population of Harbor Springs 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: 37.17% of adults in Harbor Springs have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Harbor Springs in 2010 was $38,244, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $152,976 for a family of four. However, Harbor Springs contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Harbor Springs is English. Other important languages spoken here include Native American languages and Spanish.

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