Ypsilanti, MI
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Ypsilanti is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 19,945 people and 33 constituent neighborhoods, Ypsilanti is the 69th largest community in Michigan.

Ypsilanti is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.22% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ypsilanti is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ypsilanti who work in office and administrative support (14.41%), food service (12.68%), and sales jobs (12.58%).

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.

Ypsilanti is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Ypsilanti to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Ypsilanti, even though it is a small city, has many people who use public transportation every day to get to and from work. This is a great benefit for people in the, city who have a need for low-cost transportation.

The population of Ypsilanti is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.01% of adults in Ypsilanti have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ypsilanti in 2010 was $21,801, which is middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $87,204 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 30.62% 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 Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

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