Traverse City, MI

Traverse City profile

Living in Traverse City

Traverse City is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 15,738 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Traverse City is the 82nd largest community in Michigan. Traverse City has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Traverse City real estate is some of the most expensive in Michigan, although Traverse City house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities, Traverse City isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Traverse City are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Traverse City is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Traverse City who work in sales jobs (14.47%), food service (10.18%), and management occupations (9.70%).

A relatively large number of people in Traverse City telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.44% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

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 17.93 minutes getting to work every day.

In Traverse City, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Traverse City is a relatively small city. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The citizens of Traverse City are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.19% of adults in Traverse City 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 Traverse City in 2018 was $37,814, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $151,256 for a family of four. However, Traverse City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Traverse City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Italian.