Hillsdale, MI


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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. Much of the housing stock in Hillsdale was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Hillsdale isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Hillsdale are a mix 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 where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Hillsdale area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Hillsdale maintain a good economy.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.04 minutes getting to work every day.

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.

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