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 production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pontiac who work in office and administrative support (14.71%), food service (12.08%), and sales jobs (9.47%).

The rate of college-level education in Pontiac is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.95% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Pontiac in 2010 was $15,518, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,072 for a family of four. Pontiac also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.81% 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 16.63% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pontiac include Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

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