Olivet, MI

Olivet profile

Living in Olivet

Olivet is a very small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 1,762 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Olivet is the 404th largest community in Michigan. Olivet has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Olivet is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Olivet is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Olivet who work in office and administrative support (17.36%), food service (11.09%), and sales jobs (10.77%).

Of important note, Olivet is also a city of artists. Olivet has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Olivet’s character.

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.

Olivet is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Olivet to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Being a small city, Olivet does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The citizens of Olivet are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.79% of adults in Olivet having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Olivet in 2018 was $14,799, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $59,196 for a family of four. However, Olivet contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Olivet is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

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