New Buffalo, MI

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Living in New Buffalo

New Buffalo is a very small city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 1,708 people and two constituent neighborhoods, New Buffalo is the 385th largest community in Michigan.

New Buffalo home prices are not only among the most expensive in Michigan, but New Buffalo real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

New Buffalo is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.35% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, New Buffalo is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in New Buffalo who work in food service (16.51%), sales jobs (14.35%), and teaching (12.92%).

Another notable thing is that New Buffalo is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, New Buffalo’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) New Buffalo has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. New Buffalo has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in New Buffalo than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, New Buffalo may be for you.

The education level of New Buffalo citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.31% of adults in New Buffalo have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in New Buffalo in 2018 was $38,587, which is wealthy relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $154,348 for a family of four. However, New Buffalo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

New Buffalo is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call New Buffalo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of New Buffalo residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. New Buffalo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.78% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in New Buffalo include German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in New Buffalo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.

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