Mount Pleasant, MI
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Mount Pleasant is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 26,060 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Mount Pleasant is the 50th largest community in Michigan.

Mount Pleasant is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.13% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Mount Pleasant is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Mount Pleasant who work in food service (16.69%), office and administrative support (13.80%), and teaching (12.36%).

In addition, Mount Pleasant is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Mount Pleasant culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Mount Pleasant really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Mount Pleasant every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Mount Pleasant. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Mount Pleasant benefits directly from this.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Mount Pleasant spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.35 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Mount Pleasant ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Mount Pleasant, 42.93% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Mount Pleasant in 2010 was $16,694, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $66,776 for a family of four. However, Mount Pleasant contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Mount Pleasant also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 43.35% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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

The most common language spoken in Mount Pleasant is English. Other important languages spoken here include Arabic and Spanish.