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Michigan Poverty & Well-being Map

This map combines several indicators to provide a snapshot of poverty and well-being across the State of Michigan. Learn more about map indicators and data sources, and download complete data below.

 

Regional Fact Sheets

East Central
Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw
South Central
Clinton, Eaton, Ingham
West
Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa
East
Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Tuscola
Southeast
Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Washtenaw
Detroit Metro
Macomb, Oakland, Wayne
Northeast
Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco,  Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon
Southwest
Berrien, Branch,  Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Van Buren
Northwest
Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee,
Wexford
Upper Peninsula
Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft
Statewide
  • Population 9,965,265
  • Median Income $ 57,144
  • Percent Below Poverty Level 12.9%
  • Under 18 Years Below Poverty Level 17.5%
  • ALICE 25.1%
  • With Food Stamp/SNAP Benefits 13.3%
  • Housing cost burden 27.5%
  • Without health insurance coverage 7.8%
  • Single parent households 25.7%

Key

Population

Population is a good way to make sure you’re comparing similarly sized counties in terms of poverty.

Median Income

We use median income (and not average income) to demonstrate the typical income of a household in that county.

Poverty Rate

The percent of the population below the federal poverty line.

Child Poverty Rate

The percent of children under 18 who are in households under the poverty line.

ALICE*

ALICE is an indicator developed by the United Way. It stands for: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE is a way to get a snapshot of the working poor, a group that’s not captured in the percent below the poverty rate. This indicator is calculated at the household level, not the individual level. See the full United Way project here.

*For a full picture of the percent of people who are financially living on the edge, the percent ALICE and percent below poverty should be added together.

SNAP

SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the country’s most robust social safety net program. It is one of very few programs that families who apply and qualify are guaranteed to receive. All funding for SNAP comes from the federal government.

Housing Cost Burdened

Defined as paying more than 30% of household income for housing costs (rent or mortgage and utilities).

Without Health Insurance

Working-age individuals, ages 19 to 64, who do not have publicly or privately provided health insurance.

Single-Parent Household

Studies show a strong relationship between the percent of single parent households and a lack of social mobility in a region. This indicator is pulled from the Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings.

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