Ironwood, MI


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Ironwood is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 5,002 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Ironwood is the 188th largest community in Michigan. Ironwood has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Ironwood is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Ironwood is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ironwood who work in food service (10.25%), sales jobs (9.20%), and office and administrative support (8.19%).

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

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 16.61 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Ironwood rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.13% of adults 25 and older in Ironwood have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Ironwood in 2010 was $18,518, which is lower middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $74,072 for a family of four. Ironwood also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 30.89% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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

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