Lansing, Michigan

Michigan is the 9th most populous and the 22nd largest (56,539 square miles) of the 50 states and capital district in the US. Its capital city is Lansing (please see the above image). Majority of occupations in Michigan is management and professional (33.10%), followed by sales and office (25.30%). Black or African American is the second largest race in this state after White.

State Stats and Facts

  1. Michigan is often referred to as the Great Lakes State, Mitten State, Wolverine State and The World’s Motor Capital
  2. Michigan has one of the highest rate of homeownership (72.80% while USA average 65.50%)
  3. Michigan has one of the highest number of rape, per 100K (46 while national average 27)
  4. Michigan has one of the highest rate of forcible rape (46 vs. USA median 27)
  5. Michigan has one of the lowest number of construction, extraction, maintenance and repair occupations (7.60% vs. country average 9.30%)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Michigan population was 9,895,622 which ranks the 9th among the 50 states and capital district in the US. The most populous city in Michigan is Detroit. In this section, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.

Total population compared to the USA

From April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013, net population change is 0.10%. This is lower than national average, which is 2.40%. Michigan population represents only 3.13% of the entire population in the USA as featured in the following chart.

Michigan total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following 5 races or ethnicities representing population in Michigan (sortedin descending order):

  • White ancestry 80.10%
  • Black or African American 14.30%
  • Asian ethnicity 2.70%
  • Others (two or more races) 2.20%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 0.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander Z

The following chart compares Michigan population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Michigan population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

Based on Census QuickFacts 2013, 5.80% of Michigan population are under 5 years old, 22.70% are under 18 years and 15.00% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 9.00% of Michigan population (over the age of five) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 50.90% which is slightly more than male population. Michigan female population number ranks the 23rd nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Michigan and the USA.

Female and male population in Michigan vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 88.70% which is higher than US average of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 25.50%, lower than national average of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 72.80%, higher than national median of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 16.30%, this is higher than national median of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Michigan Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 1.60% of total land area
  • Michigan has more population density than the USA average (174.8 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Michigan is lower by .63 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Michigan land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Michigan USA
Land area (square miles) 56,538.90 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 174.8 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 78.2 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Michigan unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 7.10% (higher than national average). Minimum wage in Michigan is $8.15 per hour, which ranks the 9th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Michigan based on Census 2010
Occupation Michigan USA
Management or professional-related job 33.10% 34.90%
Service-related job 18.00% 17.10%
Sales and office job 25.30% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.60% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 7.60% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 15.50% 12.50%
Comparison of Michigan Occupation Types to USA Average

With regard to travel time to work, workers in Michigan usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Michigan was 23.9 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 8.90%, higher than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.70%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 2.60%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.10%, same as the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 1.30%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 30.40%, higher than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business area. These highlight which specific business area Michigan is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Michigan USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 234,455,768 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 107,109,349 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 109,102,594 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 14,536,648 613,795,732
Michigan Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $10,855.00, which is lower than U.S median of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Michigan was 11,692.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Michigan has one of the lowest retail sales per person (10,855 whilst country average 12,990)
  2. Michigan has one of the lowest percentage of population change (0.10% vs. USA median 2.40%)
  3. Michigan has one of the highest dioxin releases, in grams

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