Wayne County, MI

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2022 Population
1.78M
0.455% 1-year decline
US Senator
Debbie Stabenow
Democratic Party
US Senator
Gary Peters
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
37.7
0.265% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
20.2%
1.53% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$57,223
8.32% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$158,600
16.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
760,955
0.303% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Wayne County, MI had a population of 1.78M people with a median age of 37.7 and a median household income of $57,223. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Wayne County, MI declined from 1.79M to 1.78M, a −0.455% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,830 to $57,223, a 8.32% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Wayne County, MI are White (Non-Hispanic) (48.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (37.4%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.55%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.44%), and White (Hispanic) (2.19%).

None of the households in Wayne County, MI reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.2% of the residents in Wayne County, MI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Wayne County, MI are Wayne State University (7,003 degrees awarded in 2022), University of Michigan-Dearborn (2,249 degrees), and Wayne County Community College District (1,688 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Wayne County, MI was $158,600, and the homeownership rate was 64%.

Most people in Wayne County, MI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Wayne County, MI was 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Crosswinds Marsh County Park was once farm fields but is now one of the largest man-made marshes in the country with more than 5 miles of foot trails.

Population & Diversity

Wayne County, MI is home to a population of 1.78M people, from which 96.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 9.39% of Wayne County, MI residents were born outside of the country (167k people).

In 2022, there were 1.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (867k people) in Wayne County, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 666k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 63.3k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.2%
2022 Citizenship
96.1%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.2% of Wayne County, MI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Wayne County, MI was 96.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Wayne County, MI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    867k ± 1.05k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    666k ± 3.24k
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    63.3k ± 3.5k
6.33%
Hispanic Population
113k people

In 2022, there were 1.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (867k people) in Wayne County, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 666k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 63.3k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.33% of the people in Wayne County, MI are hispanic (113k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    79,402 ± 6,891 people
  2. India
    76,527 ± 6,766 people
  3. Iraq
    57,451 ± 5,868 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Michigan was Mexico, the natal country of 79,402 Michigan residents, followed by India with 76,527 and Iraq with 57,451.

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Foreign-Born Population

9.39%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
167k people
9.38%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
168k people

As of 2022, 9.39% of Wayne County, MI residents (167k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Wayne County, MI was 9.38%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    25,387 ± 1,046
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    10,471 ± 859
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    10,384 ± 788

Wayne County, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.42 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Wayne County, MI employs 761k people. The largest industries in Wayne County, MI are Manufacturing (135,912 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (117,459 people), and Retail Trade (79,390 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($89,306), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($83,163), and Utilities ($81,187).

Males in Michigan have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,244. The income inequality in Michigan (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

761k
2022 Value
± 7,085
0.303%
1 Year growth
± 1.31%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wayne County, MI grew at a rate of 0.303%, from 759k employees to 761k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Wayne County, MI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (87,191 people), Production Occupations (68,598 people), and Management Occupations (66,665 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Wayne County, MI.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

761k
2022 Value
± 7,085
0.303%
1 Year growth
± 1.31%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Wayne County, MI grew at a rate of 0.303%, from 759k employees to 761k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Wayne County, MI, are Manufacturing (135,912 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (117,459 people), and Retail Trade (79,390 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Wayne County, MI, though some of these residents may live in Wayne County, MI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$47,343
Median earning men ± $495
$35,436
Median earning women ± $588

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($69,733), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($67,930), and Manufacturing ($65,997).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($55,087), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($52,098), and Information ($48,463).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.16%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.37M people employed in Michigan. This represents a 2.16% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 23.6%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Michigan.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 14,239
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 7,203
    Retail Trade
  3. 6,543
    Manufacturing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Wayne County, MI went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 68.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (30.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.753%).

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 13 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

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 13 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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Education

In 2022, universities in Wayne County, MI awarded 19,311 degrees. The student population of Wayne County, MI in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 31,776 male students and 43,772 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Wayne County, MI are White (10,450 and 57.1%), followed by Black or African American (3,740 and 20.4%), Asian (1,275 and 6.97%), and Hispanic or Latino (1,126 and 6.15%).

The largest universities in Wayne County, MI by number of degrees awarded are Wayne State University (7,003 and 36.3%), University of Michigan-Dearborn (2,249 and 11.6%), and Wayne County Community College District (1,688 and 8.74%).

The most popular majors in Wayne County, MI are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,206 and 6.25%), General Business Administration & Management (1,092 and 5.65%), and Registered Nursing (1,085 and 5.62%).

The median tuition costs in Wayne County, MI are $28,579 for private four year colleges, and $9,404 and $18,037 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Wayne County, MI, the percentage of applicants admitted was 69.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 20.8%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 75,548 (42.1% men and 57.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 75,548 students enrolled in Wayne County, MI, 42.1% men and 57.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 36,160 records, of which 56% were women and 44% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 650 degrees awarded
  2. 481 degrees awarded
  3. 393 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Wayne County, MI was Registered Nursing with 650 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 7,003 degrees awarded
  2. 2,249 degrees awarded
  3. 1,688 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wayne State University with 7,003 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 8,108 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Wayne County, MI, which is 0.724 times less than the 11,203 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 10,450 degrees mean that there were 2.79 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 3,740 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private for-profit, less-than 2-year ($29,280) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private for-profit, less-than 2-year ($2,400) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,700) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.784% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.801% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.31M), Some college (1.92M), and Bachelors Degree (1.42M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Wayne County, MI was $158,600 in 2022, which is 0.563 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $136,200 to $158,600, a 16.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Wayne County, MI is 64%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Wayne County, MI have an average commute time of 25.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Wayne County, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Wayne County, MI is $57,223. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Wayne County, MI was Census Tract 5506 with a value of $216,250, followed by Census Tract 5503 and Census Tract 5508, with respective values of $209,063 and $193,188.

In 2022, 19.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Wayne County, MI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.61%.

Property

$158,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$1,163
$440,701
Median Property Taxes
±$4,910

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Wayne County, MI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

64%
Homeownership
2022
60.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 64% of the housing units in Wayne County, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 5506
  2. Census Tract 5503
  3. Census Tract 5508

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Wayne County, MI was Census Tract 5506 with a value of $216,250, followed by Census Tract 5503 and Census Tract 5508, with respective values of $209,063 and $193,188.

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

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Household Income

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$57,223
Median Household Income
± $563
688k
Number of Households
± 6,541

In 2022, the median household income of the 688k households in Wayne County, MI grew to $57,223 from the previous year's value of $52,830.

The following chart displays the households in Wayne 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Wayne County, MI is from Michigan.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Michigan
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Michigan

In 2022, the income inequality in Michigan was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.473% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Michigan was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Michigan in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (74.5%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.5%)
  3. Carpooled (8.88%)

In 2022, 74.5% of workers in Wayne County, MI drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.5%) and those who carpooled to work (8.88%).

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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Commute Time

25.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Wayne County, MI have a shorter commute time (25.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.74% of the workforce in Wayne County, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 19.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Wayne County, MI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.61%.

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Poverty & Diversity

20.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Wayne County, MI (356k out of 1.76M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 29.4% of the children was living in poverty in Wayne County, MI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 9.5%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 1.02k in Wayne County, MI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 107 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94.2% of the population of Wayne County, MI has health coverage, with 42% on employee plans, 29.8% on Medicaid, 11.3% on Medicare, 10.4% on non-group plans, and 0.786% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Wayne County, MI see 1343 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.75% decrease from the previous year (1381 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1384 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 308 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.6% were men and 52.4% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,343 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Wayne County, MI

Primary care physicians in Wayne County, MI see an average of 1,343 patients per year. This represents a 2.75% decrease from the previous year (1,381 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.9% under 18 years, 21.9% between 18 and 34 years, 37.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.6% were men and 52.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.77%
Uninsured
42%
Employer Coverage
29.8%
Medicaid
11.3%
Medicare
10.4%
Non-Group
0.786%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Wayne County, MI declined by 3.44% from 5.98% to 5.77%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 77.3 in Wayne County, MI.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 40.1% in Wayne County, MI.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.62% in Wayne County, MI.

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