Mecosta, MI
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Mecosta is a tiny village located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 453 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Mecosta is the 562nd largest community in Michigan.

Unlike some villages, Mecosta isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Mecosta are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mecosta is a village of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mecosta who work in sales jobs (22.16%), personal care services (15.46%), and management occupations (11.34%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.28% 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.

The village is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Mecosta has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Mecosta a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

In terms of college education, Mecosta ranks among the least educated cities in the nation, as only 3.94% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Mecosta in 2010 was $12,504, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $50,016 for a family of four. Mecosta also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 40.16% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

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

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