Platteville is a somewhat small city located in the state of Wisconsin. With a population of 12,572 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Platteville is the 78th largest community in Wisconsin.
Platteville is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Platteville is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Platteville who work in office and administrative support (14.01%), food service (12.70%), and sales jobs (11.00%).
Also of interest is that Platteville has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Platteville is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Platteville area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Platteville maintain a good economy.
One of the benefits of Platteville is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.95 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The population of Platteville 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: 35.07% of adults in Platteville have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Platteville in 2010 was $16,784, which is low income relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $67,136 for a family of four. However, Platteville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Platteville also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.54% of its population below the federal poverty line.
The people who call Platteville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Platteville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Platteville include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Platteville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.