River Rouge, MI
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River Rouge is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 7,546 people and four constituent neighborhoods, River Rouge is the 145th largest community in Michigan. River Rouge has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, River Rouge isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in River Rouge are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, River Rouge is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in River Rouge who work in office and administrative support (16.31%), sales jobs (13.48%), and maintenance occupations (6.72%).

In River Rouge, just 7.30% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in River Rouge in 2010 was $14,298, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $57,192 for a family of four. River Rouge also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 39.35% of its population below the federal poverty line.

River Rouge is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call River Rouge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of River Rouge residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. River Rouge also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.18% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in River Rouge include German, Polish, French , and English.

The most common language spoken in River Rouge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.