Plainwell, MI
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Plainwell is a very small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 3,822 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Plainwell is the 247th largest community in Michigan. Much of the housing stock in Plainwell was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Plainwell is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Plainwell is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Plainwell who work in office and administrative support (13.83%), food service (12.37%), and sales jobs (7.96%).

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

The percentage of adults in Plainwell who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.82% of the adults in Plainwell have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Plainwell in 2010 was $20,463, which is lower middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,852 for a family of four. However, Plainwell contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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

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