Houghton County, MI

County

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Population
36,360
0.0743% 1-year growth
US Senator
Debbie Stabenow
Democratic Party
US Senator
Gary Peters
Democratic Party
Median Age
32.7

Poverty Rate
20.9%

Median Household Income
$42,852
3.56% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$106,900
4.39% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
15,245
0.112% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Houghton County, MI had a population of 36.4k people with a median age of 32.7 and a median household income of $42,852. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Houghton County, MI grew from 36,333 to 36,360, a 0.0743% increase and its median household income grew from $41,379 to $42,852, a 3.56% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Houghton County, MI are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.9%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.92%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.16%), White (Hispanic) (1.08%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.688%). NaNk% of the people in Houghton County, MI speak a non-English language, and 96.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Houghton County, MI are Michigan Technological University (1,805 degrees awarded in 2017) and Finlandia University (87 degrees).

The median property value in Houghton County, MI is $106,900, and the homeownership rate is 67.9%. Most people in Houghton County, MI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Houghton 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 Houghton County, MI went to Donald J. Trump with 54.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (38.5%), followed by Other (7.24%). 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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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Houghton 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

Houghton County, MI is home to a population of 36.4k people, from which 96.6% are citizens. As of 2018, 4.69% of Houghton County, MI residents were born outside of the country (1.71k people).

In 2018, there were 31.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33.4k people) in Houghton County, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.06k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 787 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Houghton County, MI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    33.4k ± 67
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    1.06k ± 88
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    787 ± 125
1.57%
Hispanic Population
572 people

In 2018, there were 31.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (33.4k people) in Houghton County, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.06k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 787 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.57% of the people in Houghton County, MI are hispanic (572 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.69%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.71k people
4.54%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
1.65k people

As of 2018, 4.69% of Houghton County, MI residents (1.71k 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 Houghton County, MI was 4.54%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

33
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
29
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Houghton County, MI was 32.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 29. But people in Houghton County, MI are getting getting younger. In 2017, the average age of all Houghton County, MI residents was 33.

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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

96.6%
2018 Citizenship
96.9%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 96.6% of Houghton County, MI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Houghton County, MI was 96.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    948 ± 117
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    329 ± 103
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    281 ± 89

Houghton County, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.88 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Houghton County, MI is $42,852. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Houghton County, MI was Census Tract 1 with a value of $63,686, followed by Census Tract 5 and Census Tract 7, with respective values of $57,609 and $54,013.

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 Houghton County, MI employs 15.2k people. The largest industries in Houghton County, MI are Educational Services (3,068 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,280 people), and Retail Trade (1,904 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($66,645), Wholesale Trade ($51,146), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,625).

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,852
2018 value
± $2,010
3.56%
1 Year Growth
± 5.81%

Households in Houghton County, MI have a median annual income of $42,852, 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 $41,379 in 2017, which represents a 3.56% 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 Houghton 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 1
  2. Census Tract 5
  3. Census Tract 7

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Houghton County, MI was Census Tract 1 with a value of $63,686, followed by Census Tract 5 and Census Tract 7, with respective values of $57,609 and $54,013.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Houghton County, MI (7.09k out of 33.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

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
    6,079 ± 429
  2. Asian
    479 ± 132
  3. Two Or More
    302 ± 117

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

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

15.2k
2018 Value
± 657
0.112%
1 Year growth
± 6.11%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Houghton County, MI grew at a rate of 0.112%, from 15.2k employees to 15.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Houghton County, MI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,596 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,476 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,430 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Houghton County, MI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Houghton County, MI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,596 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,476 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,430 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Houghton County, MI has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.9 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.73 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.65 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Houghton County, MI, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($54,234), Legal Occupations ($53,098), and Management Occupations ($52,583).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

15.2k
2018 Value
± 657
0.112%
1 Year growth
± 6.11%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Houghton County, MI grew at a rate of 0.112%, from 15.2k employees to 15.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Houghton County, MI, are Educational Services (3,068 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,280 people), and Retail Trade (1,904 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Houghton County, MI, though some of these residents may live in Houghton 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 Houghton County, MI, by number of employees, are Educational Services (3,068 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,280 people), and Retail Trade (1,904 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Houghton County, MI has an unusually high number of Educational Services (2.17 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.28 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.18 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Houghton County, MI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($66,645), Wholesale Trade ($51,146), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,625).

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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 ($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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Education

In 2017, universities in Houghton County, MI awarded 1,892 degrees. The student population of Houghton County, MI is skewed towards men, with 5,517 male students and 2,177 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Houghton County, MI are White (1,243 and 88.3%), followed by Unknown (56 and 3.98%), Two or More Races (41 and 2.91%), and Hispanic or Latino (24 and 1.71%).

The largest universities in Houghton County, MI by number of degrees awarded are Michigan Technological University (1,805 and 95.4%) and Finlandia University (87 and 4.6%).

The most popular majors in Houghton County, MI are Mechanical Engineering (383 and 20.2%), Electrical & Electronics Engineering (246 and 13%), and General Civil Engineering (116 and 6.13%).

The median tuition costs in Houghton County, MI are $22,258 for private four year colleges, and $15,889 and $33,661 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 220 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 94 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 79 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Houghton County, MI was Mechanical Engineering with 220 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Houghton County, MI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,805 degrees awarded
  2. 87 degrees awarded
$15,889
Median In-State Public
$22,258
Median Private

In 2017, the Houghton County, MI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Michigan Technological University with 1,805 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,338
Degrees Awarded to Men
554
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,338 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Houghton County, MI, which is 2.42 times more than the 554 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Houghton County, MI by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,243 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    56 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    41 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Houghton County, MI were to White students. These 1,243 degrees mean that there were 22.2 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 56 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Houghton County, MI was $106,900 in 2018, which is 0.465 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $102,400 to $106,900, a 4.39% increase. The homeownership rate in Houghton County, MI is 67.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Houghton County, MI have an average commute time of 15.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Houghton County, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$106,900
2018 Median
± $4,157
$102,400
2017 Median
± $4,475

In 2018, the median property value in Houghton County, MI grew to to $106,900 from the previous year's value of $102,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Houghton 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 Houghton 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.
$42,852
Median Household Income
± $2,010
13.3k
Number of Households
± 540

In 2018, the median household income of the 13.3k households in Houghton County, MI grew to $42,852 from the previous year's value of $41,379.

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

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Rent vs Own

67.9%
2018 Homeownership
68.5%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 67.9% of the housing units in Houghton County, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.5%.

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

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Commute Time

15.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Houghton County, MI have a shorter commute time (15.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.72% of the workforce in Houghton County, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    71.5%
  2. Walked
    11.4%
  3. Carpooled
    9.3%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Houghton County, MI was Drove Alone (71.5%), followed by those who Walked (11.4%) and those who Carpooled (9.3%).

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

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Health

92.7% of the population of Houghton County, MI has health coverage, with 45.9% on employee plans, 18.9% on Medicaid, 11.2% on Medicare, 15% on non-group plans, and 1.8% 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 Houghton County, MI see 1213 patients per year on average, which represents a 6.4% increase from the previous year (1140 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1662 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 571 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

1,213 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Houghton County, MI

Primary care physicians in Houghton County, MI see an average of 1,213 patients per year. This represents a 6.4% increase from the previous year (1,140 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Houghton 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

7.28%
Uninsured
45.9%
Employer Coverage
18.9%
Medicaid
11.2%
Medicare
15%
Non-Group
1.8%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Houghton County, MI declined by 9.12% from 8.01% to 7.28%.

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