Lake, MI
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Lake is a very small town located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 3,880 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Lake is the 242nd largest community in Michigan.

When you are in Lake, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 38.40% of Lake’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Lake is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lake who work in sales jobs (14.85%), food service (7.69%), and office and administrative support (6.92%).

Another notable thing is that Lake is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Lake’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Lake is worth considering.

In Lake, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.26 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The citizens of Lake have a very low rate of college education: just 7.58% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.

The per capita income in Lake in 2010 was $21,090, which is middle income relative to Michigan, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $84,360 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include German and Arabic.

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