South Lyon, MI
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Living in South Lyon


South Lyon is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 11,821 people and five constituent neighborhoods, South Lyon is the 101st largest community in Michigan.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, South Lyon is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, South Lyon is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Lyon who work in management occupations (12.88%), sales jobs (11.43%), and office and administrative support (11.41%).

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

South Lyon is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, South Lyon’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in South Lyon, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.42 minutes every day commuting to work.

The citizens of South Lyon are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.95% of adults in South Lyon have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in South Lyon in 2018 was $39,016, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $156,064 for a family of four. However, South Lyon contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call South Lyon home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South Lyon residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in South Lyon include German, Irish, Polish, English, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in South Lyon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.