Pontiac, Michigan Population 2021

58,832
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Pontiac is a city located in Oakland County Michigan. It is also the county seat of Oakland County. With a 2020 population of 58,832, it is the 20th largest city in Michigan and the 658th largest city in the United States . Pontiac is currently declining at a rate of -0.51% annually and its population has decreased by -1.15% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 59,515 in 2010. Pontiac reached it's highest population of 85,279 in 1970. Spanning over 20 miles, Pontiac has a population density of 2,959 people per square mile.

The average household income in Pontiac is $46,015 with a poverty rate of 30.73%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $815 per month, and the median house value is $67,100. The median age in Pontiac is 31.9 years, 30.6 years for males, and 33.5 years for females.

Pontiac Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Pontiac was:

  • Black or African American: 50.68%
  • White: 37.94%
  • Two or more races: 6.67%
  • Other race: 2.31%
  • Asian: 1.82%
  • Native American: 0.52%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Pontiac, Michigan is 58,832 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 59,741.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 59,515.

Pontiac, Michigan Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American30,38550.68%
White22,74937.94%
Two or More Races3,9986.67%
Some Other Race1,3842.31%
Asian1,0941.82%
American Indian and Alaska Native3130.52%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander320.05%
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Pontiac Population by Race

Pontiac Population Pyramid $2021

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Pontiac Median Age

31.9


Total

30.6


Male

33.5


Female

Pontiac Adults

There are 43,948 adults, (5,995 of whom are seniors) in Pontiac.

Pontiac Age Dependency

58

Age Dependency Ratio

15.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Pontiac Sex Ratio

Female

31,040

51.77%

Male

28,915

48.23%

Pontiac Population by Age

Pontiac Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Pontiac Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married64.5%35.5%
Male44.6%55.4%
All40.5%59.5%
Non Family32.9%67.1%
Female31.7%68.3%

40.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Pontiac Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All22,9752.5240.5
Non Family10,3571.2132.9
Female5,8113.6531.7
Married5,1193.4864.5
Male1,6883.7244.6

3.45

Average Family Size

2.52

Average Household Size

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Pontiac Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,4016.47%
9th to 12th Grade5,00513.48%
High School Graduate12,21232.89%
Some College10,31927.79%
Associates Degree2,2906.17%
Bachelors Degree3,2908.86%
Graduate Degree1,6144.35%
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Pontiac Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Pontiac Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black18,60615,9772,260
White10,6918,9731,830
Hispanic5,8683,221416
2+ Races1,5171,191169
Other Race80331653
Asian673563244
Native American2361354
Islander3232

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 36.26%.

Pontiac Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$26,308$28,163$24,804
Less Than 9th Grade$21,773$25,145$15,733
High School Graduate$21,962$23,547$20,406
Some College$28,552$29,363$27,335
Bachelors Degree$38,617$52,072$31,365
Graduate Degree$47,550$50,000$46,500

$26,308

Average Earnings

$28,163

Average Male

$24,804

Average Female

Pontiac Earnings by Educational Attainment

Pontiac Language by Age

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Pontiac Language

81.20% of Pontiac residents speak only English, while 18.80% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.42% of the population.

Pontiac Language

Pontiac Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black29,5839,14830.92%
White13,3013,96329.79%
Hispanic11,2783,51931.20%
Multiple3,9471,51238.31%
Other1,36331723.26%
Asian1,07227025.19%
Native3136721.41%
Islander3232100.00%

30.73%

Overall Poverty Rate

29.11%

Male Poverty Rate

32.19%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Pontiac

The race most likely to be in poverty in Pontiac is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Pontiac is Native, with 21.41% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.13%. Among those working part-time, it was 34.39%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 40.62%.

Pontiac Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade34.42%
High School28.57%
Some College21.97%
Bachelors or Greater9.56%

Pontiac Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed58.87%
Male Unemployed56.37%
Female Employed20.08%
Male Employed11.69%

Pontiac Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Pontiac Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$33,568$46,015
Families$40,456$53,090
Married Families$59,708$67,858
Non Families$24,820$34,262
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Income by Household Type

Pontiac Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

25.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

28.4%

Male Marriage Rate

23.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Pontiac Married by Age and Sex

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Pontiac Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Pontiac Marital Status by Race

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Pontiac Marital Status

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2,240

Number of Veterans

2,078

Male Veterans

162

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam717
First Gulf War451
Second Gulf War256
Korea89
World War II19

Pontiac Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54629
65 to 74534
55 to 64475
75+358
18 to 34244

Pontiac Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black1,1485.25%
White9885.55%
Hispanic1512.11%
2+ Races582.85%
Native American206.49%
Asian192.01%
Other Race70.72%

Pontiac Veterans by Race

Pontiac Veterans by Education

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18.41%

Veteran Poverty Rate

46.04%

Veteran Disability Rate

Pontiac Veterans by Education

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62.1%

Labor Force Participation

54.7%

Employment Rate

11.9%

Unemployment Rate

Pontiac Employment by Age

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Pontiac Employment by Race

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Pontiac Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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72.43%

Born in Pontiac

91.39%

Native Born

8.61%

Foreign Born

6.27%

Non Citizen

2.35%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.39% of Pontiac residents were born in the United States, with 72.43% having been born in Michigan. 6.27% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Pontiac Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202158,832-303-0.51%
202059,135-303-0.51%
201959,438-303-0.51%
201859,741-382-0.64%
201760,123-101-0.17%
201660,224-36-0.06%
201560,260-206-0.34%
201460,466180.03%
201360,4481490.25%
201260,2993860.64%
201159,9132260.38%
201059,687-6,650-1.05%
200066,337-4,829-0.70%
199071,166-5,549-0.75%
198076,715-8,564-1.05%
197085,2793,0460.36%
196082,2338,5521.10%
195073,6817,0551.01%
194066,6261,6980.26%
193064,92830,6556.60%
192034,27319,7418.96%
191014,5324,7634.05%
19009,7693,5694.65%
18906,2001,6913.24%
18804,509-358-0.76%
18704,8672,2926.57%
18602,5750.00%

Pontiac Population by Year