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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Platteville is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Platteville is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Platteville who work in office and administrative support (15.68%), food service (13.12%), and sales jobs (9.92%).
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 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 Platteville 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.
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 18.00 minutes getting to work every day.
The overall education level of Platteville citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.33% of adults in Platteville have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Platteville in 2010 was $15,836, which is low income relative to Wisconsin and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $63,344 for a family of four. Platteville also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.79% 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.