Traverse City, MI
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Traverse City is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 15,218 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.

Traverse City is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.04% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (13.31%), office and administrative support (12.05%), and food service (11.07%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Traverse City spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.01 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Traverse City is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 41.03% of adults in Traverse City have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Traverse City in 2010 was $31,079, which is wealthy relative to Michigan, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $124,316 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 Irish, English, Polish, and French .

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