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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mecosta is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mecosta is a village of service providers, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mecosta who work in sales jobs (21.67%), personal care services (13.33%), and management occupations (11.11%).

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.

Despite the fact that it is a small village, Mecosta has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the village for affordable transportation.

Mecosta ranks among the bottom of the nation in terms of college education compared to other cities and towns: only 4.89% of people over 25 have a college degree.

The per capita income in Mecosta in 2010 was $12,049, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $48,196 for a family of four. Mecosta also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 38.01% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Mecosta is a somewhat ethnically-diverse village. 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 Japanese and African languages.

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