Iron River, MI


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Iron River is a very small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 2,904 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Iron River is the 283rd largest community in Michigan. Iron River has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Iron River is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Iron River is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Iron River who work in office and administrative support (17.65%), sales jobs (9.61%), and maintenance occupations (8.04%).

A relatively large number of people in Iron River telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.64% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

It is a fairly quiet city 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!) Iron 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. Iron River has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Iron River than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Iron River may be for you.

One of the benefits of Iron River is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.56 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.

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

In terms of college education, Iron River is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.97% of adults 25 and older in Iron River have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Iron River in 2010 was $18,817, which is lower middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $75,268 for a family of four.

The people who call Iron River home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Iron River residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Iron River include Italian, Finnish, French , and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Iron River is English. Other important languages spoken here include Arabic and Italian.

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