South Haven, MI
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South Haven is a very small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 4,356 people and five constituent neighborhoods, South Haven is the 220th largest community in Michigan.

South Haven is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.04% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, South Haven is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in South Haven who work in office and administrative support (16.34%), sales jobs (12.58%), and food service (12.20%).

Also of interest is that South Haven has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Another notable thing is that South Haven is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, South Haven’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.38 minutes getting to work every day.

As is often the case in a small city, South Haven doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

In terms of college education, South Haven is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.30% of adults in South Haven have a college degree.

The per capita income in South Haven in 2010 was $29,416, which is wealthy relative to Michigan, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $117,664 for a family of four. However, South Haven contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South Haven is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call South Haven home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South Haven residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in South Haven include Irish, English, Polish, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in South Haven is English. Other important languages spoken here include German and Indic languages.

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