Dowagiac is a somewhat small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 5,669 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Dowagiac is the 174th largest community in Michigan. Dowagiac has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Dowagiac is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 40.65% of the Dowagiac workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Dowagiac is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Dowagiac who work in office and administrative support (9.59%), healthcare (8.86%), and food service (7.40%).
As is often the case in a small city, Dowagiac doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The population of Dowagiac has a very low overall level of education: only 8.72% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.
The per capita income in Dowagiac in 2018 was $19,842, which is low income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $79,368 for a family of four. Dowagiac also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.72% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Dowagiac is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Dowagiac home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Dowagiac residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Dowagiac include German, Irish, English, French, and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in Dowagiac is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.