Hastings is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 7,284 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Hastings is the 155th largest community in Michigan. Hastings has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hastings is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hastings is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hastings who work in office and administrative support (10.91%), sales jobs (10.36%), and healthcare (9.06%).
Being a small city, Hastings does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Hastings rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.11% of adults 25 and older in Hastings have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Hastings in 2010 was $21,463, which is middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $85,852 for a family of four. However, Hastings contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Hastings home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hastings residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Hastings include Irish, English, Dutch, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Hastings is English. Other important languages spoken here include Japanese and Spanish.