Alger County, MI

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Population

9,254

1.51% decline

Median Age

49.3


Median Household Income

$42,647

3.34% growth

Poverty Rate

13%


Number of Employees

3,160

1.28% decline

Median Property Value

$119,000

0.422% growth

About

In 2017, Alger County, MI had a population of 9.25k people with a median age of 49.3 and a median household income of $42,647. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Alger County, MI declined from 9,396 to 9,254, a -1.51% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,270 to $42,647, a 3.34% increase.

The population of Alger County, MI is 84.2% White Alone, 7.19% Black or African American Alone, and 3.86% Two or More Races. 1.96% of the people in Alger County, MI speak a non-English language, and 99.5% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Alger County, MI is $119,000, and the homeownership rate is 86.6%. Most people in Alger County, MI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Alger County, MI is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Alger County, MI employs 3.16k people. The largest industries in Alger County, MI are Accommodation & Food Services (535 people), Manufacturing (431 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (407 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($88,000), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($66,250), and Public Administration ($55,625).

Median household income in Alger County, MI is $42,647. Males in Alger County, MI have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,762. The income inequality in Alger County, MI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,647

2017 value

± $5,475

3.34%

1 Year Growth

± 15.3%

Households in Alger County, MI have a median annual income of $42,647, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $41,270 in 2016, which represents a 3.34% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$63,869

Average Male Salary

± $1,109

$46,762

Average Female Salary

± $850

In 2017, full-time male employees in Alger County, MI made 1.37 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $62,263 ± $4,415

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $48,644 ± $58,127

  3. White

    $48,289 ± $702

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alger County, MI workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.28 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Alger County, MI is from Michigan.

0.476

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Michigan was 0.476 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Michigan was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Michigan in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Michigan across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 3

  2. Census Tract 2

  3. Census Tract 1

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Alger County, MI was Census Tract 3 with a value of $45,625, followed by Census Tract 2 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $40,185 and $36,577.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Alger County, MI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Alger County, MI (1.07k out of 8.25k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Males 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    917 ± 133

  2. Two Or More

    88 ± 75

  3. Native American

    54 ± 74

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Alger County, MI is White, followed by Two Or More and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

3.16k

2017 Value

± 251

-1.28%

1 Year decline

± 11.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Alger County, MI declined at a rate of -1.28%, from 3.2k employees to 3.16k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Alger County, MI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (418 people), Management Occupations (325 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (312 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Alger County, MI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Alger County, MI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (418 people), Management Occupations (325 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (312 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Alger County, MI has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.51 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.9 times), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.83 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Alger County, MI, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($94,375), Legal Occupations ($73,333), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($59,464).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.16k

2017 Value

± 251

-1.28%

1 Year decline

± 11.2%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Alger County, MI declined at a rate of -1.28%, from 3.2k employees to 3.16k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Alger County, MI, are Accommodation & Food Services (535 people), Manufacturing (431 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (407 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Alger County, MI, though some of these residents may live in Alger County, MI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Alger County, MI, by number of employees, are Accommodation & Food Services (535 people), Manufacturing (431 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (407 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Alger County, MI has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.69 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.49 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (2.22 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Alger County, MI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($88,000), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($66,250), and Public Administration ($55,625).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Michigan to other states, or from other states to Michigan.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $135B

  2. $35.4B

  3. $31.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $135B, followed by Mixed freight with $35.4B and Machinery and $31.3B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Michigan products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$448B

2015 Value

$623B

Projected 2045 Value

39.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Michigan trade was $448B. This is expected to increase 39.1% to $623B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Michigan trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Michigan to other states, or from other states to Michigan.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $35.1B

  2. $25.1B

  3. $20.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $35.1B, followed by Indiana with $25.1B and Illinois and $20.4B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Michigan shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

90.8% of the population of Alger County, MI has health coverage, with 40.3% on employee plans, 15.8% on Medicaid, 19% on Medicare, 13.9% on non-group plans, and 1.79% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Alger County, MI was $8,055 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,745).

Primary care physicians in Alger County, MI see 1564 patients per year on average, which represents a 33.9% decrease from the previous year (2365 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2305 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1536 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Gladwin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Saginaw County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1564 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Alger County, MI see an average of 1564 patients per year. This represents a 33.9% decrease from the previous year (2365 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Alger County, MI in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,055

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,950

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,915

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,318

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Michigan (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,745 to $8,055.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.17%

Uninsured

40.3%

Employer Coverage

15.8%

Medicaid

19%

Medicare

13.9%

Non-Group

1.79%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Alger County, MI declined by 8.81% from 10.1% to 9.17%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Alger County, MI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.1% prevalence

  3. 14.1% prevalence

Gladwin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Michigan, at 14.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Michigan by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Alger County, MI is home to a population of 9.25k people, from which 99.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.02% of Alger County, MI residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Alger County, MI is composed of 7.79k White Alone residents (84.2%), 665 Black or African American Alone residents (7.19%), 357 Two or More Races residents (3.86%), 303 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (3.27%), 131 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.42%), 10 Asian Alone residents (0.108%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Alger County, MI are Other & Unspecified Languages (50 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (40 speakers), and German (19 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

49

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

66

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 12.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Alger County, MI was 49.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 49, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 66. But people in Alger County, MI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Alger County, MI residents was 49.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.02%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.926%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.02% of Alger County, MI residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Alger County, MI was 0.926%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    76,763 ± 6,776 people

  2. India

    66,881 ± 6,328 people

  3. Iraq

    54,355 ± 5,708 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alger County, MI was Mexico, the natal country of 76,763 Alger County, MI residents, followed by India with 66,881 and Iraq with 54,355.

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Citizenship

99.5%

2017 Citizenship

99.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.5% of Alger County, MI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Alger County, MI was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    7.79k ± 2

  2. Black or African American Alone

    665 ± 134

  3. Two or More Races

    357 ± 83

In 2017, there were 11.7 times more White Alone residents (7.79k people) in Alger County, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 665 Black or African American Alone and 357 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Alger County, MI as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Other & Unspecified Languages

    50 speakers (0.546%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    40 speakers (0.437%)

  3. German

    19 speakers (0.208%)

1.96% of Alger County, MI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Alger County, MI was Other & Unspecified Languages. 0.546% of the overall population of Alger County, MI are native Other & Unspecified Languages speakers. 0.437% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.208% speak Other & Unspecified Languages, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    391 ± 61

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    137 ± 49

  3. Korea

    99 ± 34

Alger County, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.85 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Alger County, MI was $119,000 in 2017, which is 0.547 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $118,500 to $119,000, a 0.422% increase. The homeownership rate in Alger County, MI is 86.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Alger County, MI have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Alger County, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$42,647

Median Household Income

± $5,475

3.24k

Number of Households

± 210

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.24k households in Alger County, MI grew to $42,647 from the previous year's value of $41,270.

The following chart displays the households in Alger County, MI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$119,000

2017 Median

± $5,009

$118,500

2016 Median

± $4,794

In 2017, the median property value in Alger County, MI grew to to $119,000 from the previous year's value of $118,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Alger County, MI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Alger County, MI the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Alger County, MI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Alger County, MI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

86.6%

2017 Homeownership

86.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 86.6% of the housing units in Alger County, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 86.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Alger County, MI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Alger County, MI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Alger County, MI have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

19.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Alger County, MI have a shorter commute time (19.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.77% of the workforce in Alger County, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    72.9%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.99%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Alger County, MI was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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