Indian River, MI


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Indian River is a very small town located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 1,927 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Indian River is the 359th largest community in Michigan.

Indian River is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Indian River is a town of service providers, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Indian River who work in management occupations (18.00%), food service (16.67%), and sales jobs (11.71%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.37% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Indian River is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Indian River has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Indian River has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Indian River than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Indian River may be for you.

Indian River is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The percentage of people in Indian River who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.29% of adults in Indian River have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Indian River in 2010 was $26,712, which is upper middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $106,848 for a family of four. However, Indian River contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Indian River home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Indian River residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Indian River include English, European, Polish, and Irish.

The most common language spoken in Indian River is English. Other important languages spoken here include Greek and Native American languages.

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