Muskegon is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 38,401 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Muskegon is the 36th largest community in Michigan.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Muskegon is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Muskegon is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Muskegon who work in office and administrative support (12.05%), sales jobs (10.42%), and food service (8.74%).
The percentage of people in Muskegon with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.39% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Muskegon in 2010 was $14,533, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $58,132 for a family of four. Muskegon also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.76% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Muskegon is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Muskegon home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Muskegon residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Muskegon include Irish, English, Dutch, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Muskegon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.