Shields, a small town in Michigan, has a population of just over 6,000. Retirees make up a greater percentage of the population (25%) here than nationally (14%), while young professionals account for a smaller percentage of the town. At an average age of just over 45, the town's population skews older than most cities in Michigan. Renters tend to be in the minority in the area, and 81% of residents own their homes. With a relatively low average rent of $728 a month in the town, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in Michigan. Each month, renters in Shields will pay around $146 less compared to the state average.
Compared to the national average (5%), Shields has a large number of residents older than 25 who have earned an Associate's degree (9%). Further, 17% have earned a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree. Many Shields residents work in one of three industries: healthcare, manufacturing, and retail. Together, these industries make up 20% of the labor force in the town. Meanwhile, looking at job function, 6% of the town's population works in sales, making it the top profession in the town. With an average annual income of just over $67K, Shields workers earn around $6,000 more than their peers elsewhere in the state. However, Shields compares less favorably to the national average of $73,345.
Shields residents have an average commute of about 25 minutes. Many residents (45%) drive their car to work, while public transit is not used. Not many residents walk to work.
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