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. Much of the housing stock in Ironwood was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ironwood is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ironwood is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ironwood who work in sales jobs (11.80%), office and administrative support (9.34%), and food service (7.87%).

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.

One of the benefits of Ironwood is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.69 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 percentage of adults in Ironwood with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.46% of adults in Ironwood have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ironwood in 2010 was $18,441, which is lower middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,764 for a family of four.

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, Polish, and English.

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

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