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Isabella County, MI&

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0.13% decline
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3.38% growth
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0.49% growth
Median Property Value
3.76% growth


The economy of Isabella County, MI employs 33,574 people. The economy of Isabella County, MI is specialized in Arts, Entertainment, Recreation; Accommodation & Food Service; and Educational Services, which employ respectively 2.81; 1.95; and 1.9 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Isabella County, MI are Educational Services (5,938), Accommodation & Food Service (4,914), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (3,890), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($56,607), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($47,188), and Transportation & Warehousing ($35,331).

Median household income in Isabella County, MI is $40,706. Males in Isabella County, MI have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,751. The income inequality of Isabella County, MI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.5 which is higher than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Isabella County, MI. In Isabella County, MI the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 18-24 and 18-24, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 51 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,395. Wayne County, MI has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in Michigan.


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Isabella County, MI is home to a population of 70,574 people, from which 97.7% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Isabella County, MI is composed of 60,757 White residents (86.1%), 2,635 Two+ residents (3.73%), 2,613 Hispanic residents (3.7%), 1,729 Black residents (2.45%), and 1,674 Native residents (2.37%). The most common foreign languages in Isabella County, MI are German (793 speakers), Spanish (628 speakers), and Arabic (488 speakers), but compared to other places, Isabella County, MI has a relative high number of Other Native North American (276 speakers), German (793 speakers), and Arabic (488 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Isabella County, MI awarded 6,716 degrees. The student population of Isabella County, MI is skewed towards females, with 2,850 male students and 3,866 female students. Most students in Isabella County, MI are White (4,949 and 73.7%), followed by Black or African American (693 and 10.3%), Unknown (369 and 5.49%), and Hispanic or Latino (171 and 2.55%). The largest universities in Isabella County, MI by number of graduates are Central Michigan University (6,665 and 99%), M J Murphy Beauty College of Mount Pleasant (35 and 0.52%), and Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (11 and 0.16%). The most popular majors in Isabella County, MI are General Psychology (375 and 5.58%), General Marketing & Marketing Management (192 and 2.86%), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (188 and 2.8%). 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.



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Housing & Living

The median property value in Isabella County, MI is $127,100, which is 0.62 times smaller than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $122,500 to $127,100, a 3.76% increase. The homeownership rate of Isabella County, MI is 60.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.6%. People in Isabella County, MI have an average commute time of 17.4 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.


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