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. 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, 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 (12.26%), office and administrative support (11.57%), and food service (8.88%).

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 place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Hillsdale to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

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 15.36 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of adults in Hillsdale with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.92% of adults in Hillsdale have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Hillsdale in 2010 was $16,420, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $65,680 for a family of four. Hillsdale also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.06% 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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Hillsdale include Irish, English, French , and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Hillsdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Greek.

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