Hillsdale is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 8,163 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Hillsdale is the 140th largest community in Michigan. Hillsdale 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, Hillsdale is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hillsdale is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Hillsdale who work in sales jobs (12.65%), office and administrative support (10.76%), and food service (10.50%).
Of important note, Hillsdale is also a city of artists. Hillsdale has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Hillsdale’s character.
Hillsdale is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Hillsdale to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Hillsdale spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.04 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
In terms of college education, Hillsdale is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.74% of adults 25 and older in Hillsdale have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Hillsdale in 2010 was $16,851, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $67,404 for a family of four. Hillsdale also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.88% of its population below the federal poverty line.
The people who call Hillsdale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hillsdale residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Hillsdale include Irish, English, French , and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Hillsdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Greek.