Isabella County, MI

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Population

70,572

0.00283% decline

Median Age

27.4


Median Household Income

$42,771

5.07% growth

Poverty Rate

27.3%


Number of Employees

33,890

0.941% growth

Median Property Value

$128,400

1.02% growth

About

In 2017, Isabella County, MI had a population of 70.6k people with a median age of 27.4 and a median household income of $42,771. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Isabella County, MI declined from 70,574 to 70,572, a -0.00283% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,706 to $42,771, a 5.07% increase.

The population of Isabella County, MI is 85.8% White Alone, 3.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.62% Two or More Races. 5.71% of the people in Isabella County, MI speak a non-English language, and 97.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Isabella County, MI are Central Michigan University (6,570 degrees awarded in 2016), M J Murphy Beauty College of Mount Pleasant (33 degrees), and Protege Academy (487083) (25 degrees).

The median property value in Isabella County, MI is $128,400, and the homeownership rate is 61.5%. Most people in Isabella County, MI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Isabella County, MI is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Isabella County, MI employs 33.9k people. The largest industries in Isabella County, MI are Educational Services (6,150 people), Accommodation & Food Services (4,813 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,890 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($64,500), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($51,446), and Wholesale Trade ($45,625).

Median household income in Isabella County, MI is $42,771. Males in Isabella 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 Isabella County, MI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,771

2017 value

± $1,204

5.07%

1 Year Growth

± 3.92%

Households in Isabella County, MI have a median annual income of $42,771, 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 $40,706 in 2016, which represents a 5.07% 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 Isabella County, MI made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Isabella County, MI 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

  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 Isabella 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.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Isabella County, MI by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Isabella 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 9406

  2. Census Tract 3

  3. Census Tract 9401

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Isabella County, MI was Census Tract 9406 with a value of $70,481, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 9401, with respective values of $52,885 and $49,886.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

27.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Isabella County, MI (17.5k out of 64k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 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

    15,537 ± 613

  2. Hispanic

    758 ± 147

  3. Black

    537 ± 159

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Isabella County, MI is White, followed by Hispanic 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

33.9k

2017 Value

± 1,030

0.941%

1 Year growth

± 4.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Isabella County, MI grew at a rate of 0.941%, from 33.6k employees to 33.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Isabella County, MI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,609 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (4,001 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,351 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Isabella County, MI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Isabella County, MI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,609 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (4,001 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,351 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Isabella County, MI has an unusually high number of residents working as Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2.02 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.59 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.49 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Isabella County, MI, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($60,303), Legal Occupations ($60,278), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($54,196).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

33.9k

2017 Value

± 1,030

0.941%

1 Year growth

± 4.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Isabella County, MI grew at a rate of 0.941%, from 33.6k employees to 33.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Isabella County, MI, are Educational Services (6,150 people), Accommodation & Food Services (4,813 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,890 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Isabella County, MI, though some of these residents may live in Isabella 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 Isabella County, MI, by number of employees, are Educational Services (6,150 people), Accommodation & Food Services (4,813 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,890 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Isabella County, MI has an unusually high number of Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.77 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.96 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.9 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Isabella County, MI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($64,500), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($51,446), and Wholesale Trade ($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 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

90.5% of the population of Isabella County, MI has health coverage, with 53.2% on employee plans, 14.4% on Medicaid, 8.53% on Medicare, 13.4% on non-group plans, and 1.02% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Isabella County, MI see 2020 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.96% increase from the previous year (1962 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2037 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 437 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

2,020 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Isabella County, MI see an average of 2,020 patients per year. This represents a 2.96% increase from the previous year (1,962 patients).

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

9.45%

Uninsured

53.2%

Employer Coverage

14.4%

Medicaid

8.53%

Medicare

13.4%

Non-Group

1.02%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Isabella County, MI declined by 10.4% from 10.5% to 9.45%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Isabella 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%.

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Diversity

Isabella County, MI is home to a population of 70.6k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.44% of Isabella County, MI residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Isabella County, MI is composed of 60.6k White Alone residents (85.8%), 2.68k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.8%), 2.56k Two or More Races residents (3.62%), 1.79k Black or African American Alone residents (2.53%), 1.77k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (2.51%), 1.15k Asian Alone residents (1.64%), 32 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0453%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Isabella County, MI are German (793 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (628 speakers), and Arabic (488 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

27

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

28

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Isabella County, MI was 27.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 27, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 28. But people in Isabella County, MI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Isabella County, MI residents was 27.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.44%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.43%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.44% of Isabella 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 Isabella County, MI was 3.43%, 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 Isabella County, MI was Mexico, the natal country of 76,763 Isabella County, MI residents, followed by India with 66,881 and Iraq with 54,355.

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Citizenship

97.6%

2017 Citizenship

97.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.6% of Isabella County, MI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Isabella County, MI was 97.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    60.6k ± 44

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2.68k ± 252

  3. Two or More Races

    2.56k ± 316

In 2017, there were 22.6 times more White Alone residents (60.6k people) in Isabella County, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.68k Hispanic or Latino and 2.56k 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 Isabella County, MI as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. German

    793 speakers (1.18%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    628 speakers (0.933%)

  3. Arabic

    488 speakers (0.725%)

5.71% of Isabella 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 Isabella County, MI was German. 1.18% of the overall population of Isabella County, MI are native German speakers. 0.933% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.725% speak German, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,144 ± 126

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    531 ± 147

  3. Korea

    306 ± 65

Isabella County, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.15 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Isabella County, MI awarded 6,640 degrees. The student population of Isabella County, MI is skewed towards women, with 11,113 male students and 15,116 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Isabella County, MI are White (4,809 and 76.9%), followed by Black or African American (685 and 11%), Unknown (296 and 4.73%), and Hispanic or Latino (198 and 3.17%).

The largest universities in Isabella County, MI by number of degrees awarded are Central Michigan University (6,570 and 98.9%), M J Murphy Beauty College of Mount Pleasant (33 and 0.497%), and Protege Academy (487083) (25 and 0.377%).

The most popular majors in Isabella County, MI are General Psychology (379 and 5.71%), Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (316 and 4.76%), and General Human Resources Management & Personnel Administration (281 and 4.23%).

The median tuition costs in Isabella County, MI are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $11,745 and $22,881 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 206 degrees awarded

  2. 379 degrees awarded

  3. 228 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Isabella County, MI was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 206 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 6,570 degrees awarded

  2. 33 degrees awarded

  3. 25 degrees awarded

$11,745

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Isabella County, MI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Central Michigan University with 6,570 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,864

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,776

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,864 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Isabella County, MI, which is 0.758 times less than the 3,776 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,809 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    685 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    296 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Isabella County, MI were to White students. These 4,809 degrees mean that there were 7.02 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 685 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Isabella County, MI was $128,400 in 2017, which is 0.59 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $127,100 to $128,400, a 1.02% increase. The homeownership rate in Isabella County, MI is 61.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Isabella County, MI have an average commute time of 17.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Isabella 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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$42,771

Median Household Income

± $1,204

24.9k

Number of Households

± 743

In 2017, the median household income of the 24.9k households in Isabella County, MI grew to $42,771 from the previous year's value of $40,706.

The following chart displays the households in Isabella 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$128,400

2017 Median

± $3,296

$127,100

2016 Median

± $3,455

In 2017, the median property value in Isabella County, MI grew to to $128,400 from the previous year's value of $127,100.

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

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Rent vs Own

61.5%

2017 Homeownership

60.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61.5% of the housing units in Isabella County, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Isabella 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 Isabella County, MI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Isabella County, MI have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

17.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Isabella County, MI have a shorter commute time (17.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.75% of the workforce in Isabella County, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.8%

  2. Carpooled

    7.7%

  3. Walked

    6.64%

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

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