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January 17, 2008

Michigan Snapshot

Editors Note: I forgot to post this a few days ago.

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Michigan in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

About 67 percent of Michigan’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, slightly above the national rate of 64 percent. As the site of tomorrow’s presidential primary, Michigan’s 2006 population of 10.1 million includes a higher percentage of the non-Hispanic white-alone population and a lower percentage of Hispanics than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

These and other statistics about Michigan’s population at the state and local levels on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Michigan U.S.
Women 50.8% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 77.7% 66.4%
Black alone 14.3% 12.8%
Hispanic 3.9% 14.8%
Median household income $47,182 $48,451
Foreign born 5.9% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 13.5% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 24.5% 27.0%
Median home value $153,300 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates (2006), American Community Survey (2006).