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 (12.26%), 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.
One of the benefits of Hillsdale is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.36 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The citizens of Hillsdale are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 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.