Van Buren County, MI

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Population

75,190

0.0346% decline

Median Age

41.6


Median Household Income

$49,119

4.2% growth

Poverty Rate

15.8%


Number of Employees

33,499

2.97% growth

Median Property Value

$123,100

1.4% growth

About

In 2017, Van Buren County, MI had a population of 75.2k people with a median age of 41.6 and a median household income of $49,119. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Van Buren County, MI declined from 75,216 to 75,190, a -0.0346% decrease and its median household income grew from $47,141 to $49,119, a 4.2% increase.

The population of Van Buren County, MI is 81.5% White Alone, 11.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.09% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Van Buren County, MI speak a non-English language, and 97% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Van Buren County, MI is $123,100, and the homeownership rate is 77.2%. Most people in Van Buren County, MI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Van Buren County, MI is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Van Buren County, MI employs 33.5k people. The largest industries in Van Buren County, MI are Manufacturing (6,290 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,234 people), and Retail Trade (3,733 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($84,844), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($52,055), and Public Administration ($49,964).

Median household income in Van Buren County, MI is $49,119. Males in Van Buren 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 Van Buren County, MI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,119

2017 value

± $1,931

4.2%

1 Year Growth

± 4.51%

Households in Van Buren County, MI have a median annual income of $49,119, 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 $47,141 in 2016, which represents a 4.2% 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 Michigan 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 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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Van Buren 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 109

  2. Census Tract 119

  3. Census Tract 110.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Van Buren County, MI was Census Tract 109 with a value of $65,375, followed by Census Tract 119 and Census Tract 110.02, with respective values of $62,050 and $56,533.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Van Buren County, MI (11.7k out of 74.2k 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 35 - 44, followed by Females 25 - 34 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

    8,567 ± 521

  2. Hispanic

    2,256 ± 301

  3. Black

    1,061 ± 241

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Van Buren 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

33.5k

2017 Value

± 1,037

2.97%

1 Year growth

± 4.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Van Buren County, MI grew at a rate of 2.97%, from 32.5k employees to 33.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Van Buren County, MI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,251 people), Production Occupations (3,608 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,876 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Van Buren County, MI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Van Buren County, MI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,251 people), Production Occupations (3,608 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,876 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Van Buren County, MI has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (3.87 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.86 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.43 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Van Buren County, MI, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,711), Legal Occupations ($66,250), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($66,034).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

33.5k

2017 Value

± 1,037

2.97%

1 Year growth

± 4.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Van Buren County, MI grew at a rate of 2.97%, from 32.5k employees to 33.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Van Buren County, MI, are Manufacturing (6,290 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,234 people), and Retail Trade (3,733 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Van Buren County, MI, though some of these residents may live in Van Buren 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 Van Buren County, MI, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (6,290 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,234 people), and Retail Trade (3,733 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Van Buren County, MI has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.71 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.85 times), and Utilities (1.66 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Van Buren County, MI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($84,844), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($52,055), and Public Administration ($49,964).

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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

$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

90.2% of the population of Van Buren County, MI has health coverage, with 43.2% on employee plans, 20.2% on Medicaid, 13.2% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 1.3% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Van Buren County, MI see 2029 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.6% increase from the previous year (1834 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2594 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 940 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

2,029 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Van Buren County, MI see an average of 2,029 patients per year. This represents a 10.6% increase from the previous year (1,834 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Van Buren 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%).

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%).

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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

9.84%

Uninsured

43.2%

Employer Coverage

20.2%

Medicaid

13.2%

Medicare

12.3%

Non-Group

1.3%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Van Buren County, MI declined by 10.6% from 11% to 9.84%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Van Buren 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

Van Buren County, MI is home to a population of 75.2k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.56% of Van Buren County, MI residents were born outside of the country (3.43k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Van Buren County, MI is composed of 61.3k White Alone residents (81.5%), 8.42k Hispanic or Latino residents (11.2%), 2.32k Black or African American Alone residents (3.09%), 2.25k Two or More Races residents (2.99%), 464 Asian Alone residents (0.617%), 309 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.411%), 102 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.136%), and 41 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0545%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Van Buren County, MI are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Van Buren County, MI was 41.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Van Buren County, MI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Van Buren County, MI residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.56%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.43k people

4.77%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.59k people

As of 2017, 4.56% of Van Buren County, MI residents (3.43k people) 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 Van Buren County, MI was 4.77%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

97%

2017 Citizenship

97.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97% of Van Buren County, MI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Van Buren County, MI was 97.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    61.3k ± 86

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    8.42k ± 845

  3. Black or African American Alone

    2.32k ± 212

In 2017, there were 7.28 times more White Alone residents (61.3k people) in Van Buren County, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.42k Hispanic or Latino and 2.32k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Van Buren County, MI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Van Buren County, MI was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Van Buren County, MI are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,844 ± 215

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    588 ± 161

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    488 ± 104

Van Buren County, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.14 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Van Buren County, MI was $123,100 in 2017, which is 0.566 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $121,400 to $123,100, a 1.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Van Buren County, MI is 77.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Van Buren County, MI have an average commute time of 23.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Van Buren 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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$49,119

Median Household Income

± $1,931

29.2k

Number of Households

± 933

In 2017, the median household income of the 29.2k households in Van Buren County, MI grew to $49,119 from the previous year's value of $47,141.

The following chart displays the households in Van Buren 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

$123,100

2017 Median

± $3,426

$121,400

2016 Median

± $3,057

In 2017, the median property value in Van Buren County, MI grew to to $123,100 from the previous year's value of $121,400.

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

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Rent vs Own

77.2%

2017 Homeownership

77.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.2% of the housing units in Van Buren County, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 77.5%.

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

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Commute Time

23.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Van Buren County, MI have a shorter commute time (23.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.95% of the workforce in Van Buren County, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.6%

  2. Carpooled

    10.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.1%

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

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