Pontiac, MI
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Pontiac is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 59,917 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Pontiac is the 24th largest community in Michigan.

Pontiac is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Pontiac is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Pontiac who work in office and administrative support (13.95%), food service (11.81%), and sales jobs (9.90%).

The percentage of people in Pontiac with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.45% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Pontiac in 2010 was $15,864, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $63,456 for a family of four. Pontiac also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.73% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Pontiac is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Pontiac home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pontiac residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Pontiac also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.81% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pontiac include Irish, English, Polish, and French .

The most common language spoken in Pontiac is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.