Iron County, MI

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Population

11,291

0.895% decline

Median Age

53.8


Median Household Income

$36,773

11% growth

Poverty Rate

14.2%


Number of Employees

4,376

1.04% growth

Median Property Value

$76,700

2.54% growth

About

In 2017, Iron County, MI had a population of 11.3k people with a median age of 53.8 and a median household income of $36,773. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Iron County, MI declined from 11,393 to 11,291, a -0.895% decrease and its median household income grew from $33,137 to $36,773, a 11% increase.

The population of Iron County, MI is 95% White Alone, 1.82% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.2% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. N/A% of the people in Iron County, MI speak a non-English language, and 99.2% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Iron County, MI is $76,700, and the homeownership rate is 82.6%. Most people in Iron County, MI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Iron County, MI is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Iron County, MI employs 4.38k people. The largest industries in Iron County, MI are Health Care & Social Assistance (864 people), Retail Trade (541 people), and Manufacturing (519 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($83,125), Utilities ($50,682), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($43,333).

Median household income in Iron County, MI is $36,773. Males in Iron 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 Iron County, MI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$36,773

2017 value

± $2,522

11%

1 Year Growth

± 8.29%

Households in Iron County, MI have a median annual income of $36,773, 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 $33,137 in 2016, which represents a 11% 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 Iron 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 1

  2. Census Tract 2

  3. Census Tract 5

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Iron County, MI was Census Tract 1 with a value of $46,202, followed by Census Tract 2 and Census Tract 5, with respective values of $44,786 and $37,984.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Iron County, MI (1.56k out of 11k 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 Females 55 - 64, followed by Males 55 - 64 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

    1,449 ± 166

  2. Hispanic

    87 ± 74

  3. Other

    48 ± 82

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

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

4.38k

2017 Value

± 266

1.04%

1 Year growth

± 8.52%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Iron County, MI grew at a rate of 1.04%, from 4.33k employees to 4.38k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Iron County, MI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (578 people), Sales & Related Occupations (449 people), and Production Occupations (343 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Iron County, MI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Iron County, MI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (578 people), Sales & Related Occupations (449 people), and Production Occupations (343 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Iron County, MI has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.91 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (2.79 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.08 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Iron County, MI, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($61,845), Legal Occupations ($56,875), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($51,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.38k

2017 Value

± 266

1.04%

1 Year growth

± 8.52%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Iron County, MI grew at a rate of 1.04%, from 4.33k employees to 4.38k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Iron County, MI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (864 people), Retail Trade (541 people), and Manufacturing (519 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Iron County, MI, though some of these residents may live in Iron 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 Iron County, MI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (864 people), Retail Trade (541 people), and Manufacturing (519 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Iron County, MI has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.57 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.85 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.42 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Iron County, MI, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($83,125), Utilities ($50,682), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($43,333).

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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. $138B

  2. $38.2B

  3. $36.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $138B, followed by Mixed freight ($38.2B) and Machinery ($36.1B).

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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$480B

2020 Value

$623B

Projected 2045 Value

29.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Michigan trade was $480B. This is expected to increase 29.8% 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. $37.4B

  2. $27.2B

  3. $21.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $37.4B, followed by Indiana with $27.2B and Illinois and $21.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Michigan shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

91.8% of the population of Iron County, MI has health coverage, with 33.1% on employee plans, 16.7% on Medicaid, 21% on Medicare, 17.7% on non-group plans, and 3.36% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Iron County, MI see 1418 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.351% decrease from the previous year (1423 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2239 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 746 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

1,418 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Iron County, MI see an average of 1,418 patients per year. This represents a 0.351% decrease from the previous year (1,423 patients).

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

8.17%

Uninsured

33.1%

Employer Coverage

16.7%

Medicaid

21%

Medicare

17.7%

Non-Group

3.36%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Iron County, MI declined by 10.8% from 9.16% to 8.17%.

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

Iron County, MI is home to a population of 11.3k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.37% of Iron County, MI residents were born outside of the country (155 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Iron County, MI is composed of 10.7k White Alone residents (95%), 205 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.82%), 135 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.2%), 97 Two or More Races residents (0.859%), 80 Black or African American Alone residents (0.709%), 52 Asian Alone residents (0.461%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

54

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

56

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 13.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Iron County, MI was 53.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 54, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 56. But people in Iron County, MI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Iron County, MI residents was 54.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.37%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

155 people

1.23%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

140 people

As of 2017, 1.37% of Iron County, MI residents (155 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 Iron County, MI was 1.23%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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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

99.2%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.2% of Iron County, MI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Iron County, MI was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    10.7k ± 16

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    205 ± 68.4

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    135 ± 56

In 2017, there were 52.3 times more White Alone residents (10.7k people) in Iron County, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 205 Hispanic or Latino and 135 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    520 ± 71

  2. Korea

    136 ± 46

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    79 ± 40

Iron County, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.82 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Iron County, MI was $76,700 in 2017, which is 0.334 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $74,800 to $76,700, a 2.54% increase. The homeownership rate in Iron County, MI is 82.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Iron County, MI have an average commute time of 20.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Iron County, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$76,700

2017 Median

± $4,571

$74,800

2016 Median

± $3,777

In 2017, the median property value in Iron County, MI grew to to $76,700 from the previous year's value of $74,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Iron 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 Iron County, MI the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$36,773

Median Household Income

± $2,522

5.32k

Number of Households

± 269

In 2017, the median household income of the 5.32k households in Iron County, MI grew to $36,773 from the previous year's value of $33,137.

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

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Rent vs Own

82.6%

2017 Homeownership

82.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 82.6% of the housing units in Iron County, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 82.5%.

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

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Commute Time

20.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Iron County, MI have a shorter commute time (20.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.74% of the workforce in Iron County, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.2%

  2. Carpooled

    11.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.99%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Iron County, MI was Drove Alone (80.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.1%) and those who Worked At Home (5.99%).

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 Iron County, MI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Iron County, MI have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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