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 85.08% 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 (12.90%), office and administrative support (12.30%), and management occupations (11.24%).

Of important note, Traverse City is also a city of artists. Traverse City has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Traverse City’s character.

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 15.45 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Traverse City are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.59% 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 2010 was $33,565, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $134,260 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.