Cities & States

Wayne County
Population: 1,778,969
Oakland County
Population: 1,229,503
Macomb County
Population: 854,689
Kent County
Population: 622,590
Genesee County
Population: 415,874
Washtenaw County
Population: 354,092
Ingham County
Population: 283,491
Ottawa County
Population: 273,136
Kalamazoo County
Population: 256,752
Saginaw County
Population: 196,479


State of Michigan Demographics

Great Lakes State took one of the hardest hits of any state in the last decade, but is mounting a comeback. Due in part to its lack of economic diversity, after decades of living and dying with the fortunes of the auto industry, Michigan has taken significant steps to change its identity. Finally reaching pre-recession payroll job levels in January of 2015, professional, education, and health services have led the way since 2008. Michigan still has a strong industrial profile, counting construction, mining and logging, and manufacturing among the industries in which it outpaces the national average in job growth. (Source: Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives)

The latest employment scorecard for the State of Michigan for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Michigan held serve in 2016-2017, according to the employment scorecard. Labor force growth was flat, when at least some growth is desired. The labor force participation rate fell slightly, down 0.2 percent to 60.9 percent. The unemployment rate declined by 1.0 percent, to a healthy 3.9 percent. Combined with the nearly static labor force figures, this implies that the lower unemployment rate means people are finding jobs, rather than leaving the labor force.  You can view what jobs are available in Michigan, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

michigan demographics

View more Michigan demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of Michigan below. More employment information for the State of Michigan and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.

Based on 2013 statistics, the healthcare and social assistance sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by government; manufacturing; retail trade; and administrative and waste services, respectively. (Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)

Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2015* U.S. Census data
0.53% decrease since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2015’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in Michigan

Directory of Counties in Michigan

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