Ray is a very small township located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 3,767 people and just one neighborhood, Ray is the 241st largest community in Michigan.
Ray real estate is some of the most expensive in Michigan, although Ray house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some townships, Ray isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Ray are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ray is a township of managers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ray who work in management occupations (19.11%), personal care services (8.45%), and office and administrative support (7.90%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.87% 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.
Because of many things, Ray is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Ray really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Ray perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
In Ray, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.31 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
Being a small township, Ray does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
In terms of college education, Ray is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.98% of adults 25 and older in the township have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Ray in 2018 was $45,982, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $183,928 for a family of four.
The people who call Ray home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ray residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Ray include German, Polish, Italian, Irish, and French.
The most common language spoken in Ray is English. Other important languages spoken here include Russian and Italian.
Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Ray, the neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.
In a nation where 1 out of every 4 children lives in poverty, the neighborhood stands out as being ranked among the lowest 0.0% of neighborhoods affected by this global issue.
In addition, if you're looking for a great spot to raise a family, then look no further than the neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's analysis found that the combination of good quality public schools, above-average safety from crime, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family homes, help make this neighborhood among the top 10.7% of family-friendly neighborhoods across the state of Michigan. In addition, there are a high proportion of other families with school-aged children living here, making it easy for parents and their children to socialize and develop a sense of community support. In addition, families here highly value education, as is reflected by the strength of the local schools, in part due to the educational attainment of the parents here, who vote in support of the public schools.
Did you know that the neighborhood has more Belgian and Greek ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It's true! In fact, 3.3% of this neighborhood's residents have Belgian ancestry and 5.4% have Greek ancestry.
There are two complementary measures for understanding the income of a neighborhood's residents: the average and the extremes. While a neighborhood may be relatively wealthy overall, it is equally important to understand the rate of people - particularly children - who are living at or below the federal poverty line, which is extremely low income. Some neighborhoods with a lower average income may actually have a lower childhood poverty rate than another with a higher average income, and this helps us understand the conditions and character of a neighborhood.
The neighbors in the neighborhood in Ray are wealthy, making it among the 15% highest income neighborhoods in America. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 85.4% of the neighborhoods in America. In addition, 0.0% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 100.0% of America's neighborhoods.
The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.
In the neighborhood, 41.5% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is manufacturing and laborer occupations, with 25.2% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (21.5%), and 10.7% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.
The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 95.2% of households.
Culture is shared learned behavior. We learn it from our parents, their parents, our houses of worship, and much of our culture – our learned behavior – comes from our ancestors. That is why ancestry and ethnicity can be so interesting and important to understand: places with concentrations of people of one or more ancestries often express those shared learned behaviors and this gives each neighborhood its own culture. Even different neighborhoods in the same city can have drastically different cultures.
In the neighborhood in Ray, MI, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (22.3%). There are also a number of people of Polish ancestry (20.4%), and residents who report Italian roots (17.8%), and some of the residents are also of Irish ancestry (10.6%), along with some French ancestry residents (10.1%), among others.
How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 45 minutes and one hour commuting one-way to work (31.2% of working residents), longer and tougher than most commutes in America.
Here most residents (83.4%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.