Benzie County, MI

County

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Population
17,552
0.515% 1-year growth
US Senator
Debbie Stabenow
Democratic Party
US Senator
Gary Peters
Democratic Party
Median Age
49.6

Poverty Rate
9.49%

Median Household Income
$56,639
6.49% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$172,000
6.04% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
7,827
1.93% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Benzie County, MI had a population of 17.6k people with a median age of 49.6 and a median household income of $56,639. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Benzie County, MI grew from 17,462 to 17,552, a 0.515% increase and its median household income grew from $53,185 to $56,639, a 6.49% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Benzie County, MI are White (Non-Hispanic) (93.8%), White (Hispanic) (2.11%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.5%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.38%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.444%). NaNk% of the people in Benzie County, MI speak a non-English language, and 99.4% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Benzie County, MI is $172,000, and the homeownership rate is 89.7%. Most people in Benzie County, MI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Benzie County, MI is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Michigan across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Benzie County, MI went to Donald J. Trump with 54.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (40.2%), followed by Other (5.68%). The most partisan county was Missaukee County, MI with 73.6% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are the senators currently representing the state of Michigan. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Michigan is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Benzie County, MI
54.2% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Michigan
  1. 73.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 70.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 69.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Michigan was Missaukee County, MI with 73.6% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Michigan colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Michigan

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Debbie Stabenow
Senator from Michigan1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001
Gary Peters
Senator from Michigan2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are the senators currently representing Michigan.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Michigan

Michigan is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Michigan have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Benzie County, MI is home to a population of 17.6k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2018, 1.62% of Benzie County, MI residents were born outside of the country (285 people).

In 2018, there were 44.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (16.5k people) in Benzie County, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 370 White (Hispanic) and 263 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Benzie County, MI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    16.5k ± 3
  2. White (Hispanic)
    370 ± 44
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    263 ± 83
2.48%
Hispanic Population
435 people

In 2018, there were 44.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (16.5k people) in Benzie County, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 370 White (Hispanic) and 263 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.48% of the people in Benzie County, MI are hispanic (435 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Benzie County, MI as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.62%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
285 people
1.63%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
284 people

As of 2018, 1.62% of Benzie County, MI residents (285 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benzie County, MI was 1.63%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

50
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
53
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 10.4

In 2018, the median age of all people in Benzie County, MI was 49.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 50, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 53. But people in Benzie County, MI are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Benzie County, MI residents was 49.

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Global Diversity

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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 Michigan was Mexico, the natal country of 76,763 Michigan residents, followed by India with 66,881 and Iraq with 54,355.

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Citizenship

99.4%
2018 Citizenship
99.4%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 99.4% of Benzie County, MI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Benzie County, MI was 99.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    672 ± 87
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    253 ± 85
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    226 ± 67

Benzie County, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.66 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Benzie County, MI is $56,639. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Benzie County, MI was Census Tract 1 with a value of $62,551, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 2, with respective values of $59,583 and $59,118.

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

The economy of Benzie County, MI employs 7.83k people. The largest industries in Benzie County, MI are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,388 people), Manufacturing (914 people), and Retail Trade (903 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($63,889), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,875), and Public Administration ($48,750).

Wages

Median Household Income

$56,639
2018 value
± $3,148
6.49%
1 Year Growth
± 7.72%

Households in Benzie County, MI have a median annual income of $56,639, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $53,185 in 2017, which represents a 6.49% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$63,869
Average Male Salary in Michigan
± $1,109
$46,762
Average Female Salary in Michigan
± $850

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

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Michigan by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Michigan
  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 Michigan 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 in Michigan.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benzie County, MI is from Michigan.
0.476
2017 Wage GINI in Michigan
0.477
2016 Wage GINI in Michigan

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 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 1
  2. Census Tract 3
  3. Census Tract 2

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benzie County, MI was Census Tract 1 with a value of $62,551, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 2, with respective values of $59,583 and $59,118.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 45 - 54
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.49% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benzie County, MI (1.64k out of 17.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 45 - 54, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 55 - 64.

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
    1,543 ± 185
  2. Native American
    49 ± 79
  3. Black
    36 ± 80

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

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

7.83k
2018 Value
± 408
1.93%
1 Year growth
± 7.26%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Benzie County, MI grew at a rate of 1.93%, from 7.68k employees to 7.83k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benzie County, MI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (900 people), Sales & Related Occupations (745 people), and Management Occupations (712 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benzie County, MI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Benzie County, MI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (900 people), Sales & Related Occupations (745 people), and Management Occupations (712 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benzie County, MI has an unusually high number of residents working as Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.69 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.52 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.47 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Benzie County, MI, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($56,442), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($54,500), and Management Occupations ($54,362).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.83k
2018 Value
± 408
1.93%
1 Year growth
± 7.26%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Benzie County, MI grew at a rate of 1.93%, from 7.68k employees to 7.83k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benzie County, MI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,388 people), Manufacturing (914 people), and Retail Trade (903 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benzie County, MI, though some of these residents may live in Benzie 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 Benzie County, MI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,388 people), Manufacturing (914 people), and Retail Trade (903 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benzie County, MI has an unusually high number of Construction (1.53 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.42 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.4 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Benzie County, MI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($63,889), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($51,875), and Public Administration ($48,750).

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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 ($35.4B) and Machinery ($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 in Michigan
$623B
Projected 2045 Value in Michigan
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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benzie County, MI was $172,000 in 2018, which is 0.749 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $162,200 to $172,000, a 6.04% increase. The homeownership rate in Benzie County, MI is 89.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Benzie County, MI have an average commute time of 24.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Benzie County, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$172,000
2018 Median
± $5,546
$162,200
2017 Median
± $4,453

In 2018, the median property value in Benzie County, MI grew to to $172,000 from the previous year's value of $162,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Benzie 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 Benzie County, MI the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$56,639
Median Household Income
± $3,148
6.73k
Number of Households
± 332

In 2018, the median household income of the 6.73k households in Benzie County, MI grew to $56,639 from the previous year's value of $53,185.

The following chart displays the households in Benzie 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

89.7%
2018 Homeownership
88%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 89.7% of the housing units in Benzie County, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 88%.

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

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Commute Time

24.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benzie County, MI have a shorter commute time (24.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 2.27% of the workforce in Benzie County, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    78.5%
  2. Carpooled
    12.1%
  3. Worked At Home
    4.74%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Benzie County, MI was Drove Alone (78.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (12.1%) and those who Worked At Home (4.74%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

93.6% of the population of Benzie County, MI has health coverage, with 39.8% on employee plans, 15.7% on Medicaid, 18.6% on Medicare, 18.1% on non-group plans, and 1.36% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Benzie County, MI see 2494 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.36% decrease from the previous year (2503 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2510 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 976 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

2,494 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Benzie County, MI

Primary care physicians in Benzie County, MI see an average of 2,494 patients per year. This represents a 0.36% decrease from the previous year (2,503 patients).

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

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,055
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Michigan
$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

6.38%
Uninsured
39.8%
Employer Coverage
15.7%
Medicaid
18.6%
Medicare
18.1%
Non-Group
1.36%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benzie County, MI declined by 23.6% from 8.36% to 6.38%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Benzie 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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