Ypsilanti, MI

Ypsilanti profile

Living in Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 20,171 people and 33 constituent neighborhoods, Ypsilanti is the 69th largest community in Michigan.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ypsilanti is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ypsilanti is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Ypsilanti who work in food service (16.00%), teaching (10.36%), and sales jobs (9.77%).

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

Because Ypsilanti has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Ypsilanti lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Ypsilanti is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Ypsilanti people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Ypsilanti, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

A lot of people in Ypsilanti take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Ypsilanti, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The citizens of Ypsilanti are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.25% of adults in Ypsilanti 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 Ypsilanti in 2018 was $25,458, which is middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $101,832 for a family of four. However, Ypsilanti contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Ypsilanti also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.56% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Ypsilanti is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Ypsilanti home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ypsilanti residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Ypsilanti include German, Irish, Polish, English, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Ypsilanti is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.