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.
In addition, Ypsilanti is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Ypsilanti culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Ypsilanti really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Ypsilanti every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Ypsilanti. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Ypsilanti benefits directly from this.
Ypsilanti, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
Ypsilanti has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Ypsilanti has quite a high level of public transit users. Ypsilanti’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.
The education level of Ypsilanti ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Ypsilanti, 43.25% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate 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.