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. Much of the housing stock in Olivet was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Olivet isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Olivet are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 (13.37%), sales jobs (12.36%), and teaching (11.98%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 16.82% 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 small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Olivet area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Olivet maintain a good economy.

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

The overall education level of Olivet citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.53% of adults in Olivet have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Olivet in 2010 was $14,976, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $59,904 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 English, Irish, Dutch, and Italian.

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