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Michigan : What you need to know

More than half of Michigan is covered by forests making the state fertile ground for hunting and nature enthusiasts. The state’s craft beer scene also draws tourists, while its charming cities lure many new residents. The best places to live in Michigan include Traverse City, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. Automakers Ford and GM lead the top employers in Michigan, but the state is home to thriving industries like aerospace and military equipment manufacturing, copper and ore mining, tourism and Christmas tree farming. 

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Quick Facts about MI

Population 9,900,571
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $49,576
Median Home Price $122,400
Median Property Tax $1,257
Median Rent $71

Employment Rate in MI

  Employed 95.1%
  Unemployed 4.9%

Race in MI

  Ethnicity White 79%
  Ethnicity Black 14%
  Ethnicity Asian 2.7%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 4.7%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.5%
  Ethnicity Other 1.1%

Employment Rate in MI

  Employed 95.1%
  Unemployed 4.9%

Educational Levels in MI

  Bachelor's Degree 16.5%
  Associate's Degree 8.9%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 10.5%
  High School Graduate 29.9%
  Some College, No Degree 23.8%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 26.9%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 89.6%

Industry in MI

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 1.3%
Construction 4.8%
Manufacturing 17.8%
Wholesale Trade 2.4%
Retail Trade 11.4%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 4.2%
Information 1.6%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 5.4%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 9.3%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 23.9%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 9.5%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.7%
Public Administration 3.6%

Housing in MI

  Homes Rent 71%
  Homes Owned 29%

Michigan Rankings

Best places to Live in Michigan

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Detroit 690,074 $42,300 $25,764
Grand Rapids 192,416 $109,400 $40,355
Warren 134,857 $87,800 $43,523
Sterling Heights 131,139 $147,700 $60,089
Ann Arbor 116,194 $240,700 $55,990
Lansing 114,485 $76,600 $35,563
Flint 99,802 $32,600 $24,862
Dearborn 96,069 $105,800 $47,375
Livonia 95,312 $156,100 $70,125
Westland 82,642 $90,900 $44,641
Troy 82,542 $230,400 $85,027
Farmington Hills 80,971 $207,200 $71,609
Kalamazoo 75,499 $96,600 $33,009
Wyoming 74,105 $98,400 $46,849
Southfield 72,859 $105,800 $49,244
Rochester Hills 72,643 $230,100 $82,112
Taylor 62,021 $72,500 $40,545
Pontiac 59,928 $54,100 $28,505
St. Clair Shores 59,888 $95,000 $53,093
Royal Oak 58,689 $166,200 $65,786