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. Much of the housing stock in River Rouge was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

When you are in River Rouge, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 36.17% of River Rouge’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, River Rouge is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in River Rouge who work in office and administrative support (15.15%), sales jobs (14.98%), and personal care services (7.23%).

River Rouge, even though it is a small city, has many people who use public transportation every day to get to and from work. This is a great benefit for people in the, city who have a need for low-cost transportation.

The citizens of River Rouge have a very low rate of college education: just 7.58% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.

The per capita income in River Rouge in 2010 was $14,360, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $57,440 for a family of four. River Rouge also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 41.37% 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 11.85% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in River Rouge include German, Polish, English, and French .

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