Traverse City, MI
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Traverse City is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 15,515 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Traverse City is the 82nd largest community in Michigan. Traverse City has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Traverse City who work in sales jobs (15.00%), office and administrative support (10.69%), and management occupations (10.38%).

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 16.27 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Traverse City ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Traverse City, 44.86% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Traverse City in 2010 was $34,994, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $139,976 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 Black or African-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 German/Yiddish and Spanish.