Olivet, MI
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Olivet is a very small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 1,610 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Olivet is the 404th largest community in Michigan. Olivet has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Olivet is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.59% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Olivet is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Olivet who work in office and administrative support (16.30%), teaching (15.87%), and sales jobs (12.37%).

Also of interest is that Olivet has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 22.85% 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.

Olivet is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Olivet to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Olivet is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The education level of Olivet citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.73% of adults in Olivet have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Olivet in 2010 was $15,374, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $61,496 for a family of four. However, Olivet contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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