West Michigan

Population and Demographics

Information below was sourced from; 

"The Right Place - Advancing the West Michigan Economy"

Overview (2018)

MSA*WEST MICHIGAN

Total Population 1,600,388

Growth Rate for Past 5 Years (2013-2018) 3.0%

Civilian Labor Force (2017) 824,413

Jobs 805,855

Average Earnings (2017)$54,000.00

Gross Regional Product (2017) $78,900,000,000

Race and Ethnicity - West Michigan Region** (2018)

  • White, Non-Hispanic – 1,291,918

  • White, Hispanic – 112,983

  • Black, Non-Hispanic – 101,474

  • Asian, Non-Hispanic – 33,233

  • Two or More Races, Non-Hispanic – 32,586

  • Black, Hispanic – 7,883

  • American Indian or Alaskan Native, Non-Hispanic – 7,237

  • Two or More Races, Hispanic – 6,100

  • American Indian or Alaskan Native, Hispanic – 5,007

  • Asian, Hispanic – 1,073

  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic – 494

  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic – 3

 

Race and Ethnicity - Grand Rapids-Wyoming* MSA (2018)

  • White, Non-Hispanic – 837,498

  • White, Hispanic – 85,455

  • Black, Non-Hispanic – 69,210

  • Asian, Non-Hispanic – 29,048

  • Two or More Races, Non-Hispanic – 22,783

  • Black, Hispanic – 6,732

  • American Indian or Alaskan Native, Non-Hispanic – 4,591

  • Two or More Races, Hispanic – 3,640

  • American Indian or Alaskan Native, Hispanic – 3,757

  • Asian, Hispanic – 813

  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic – 402

  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic – 288

 

Age Distribution Grand Rapids-Wyoming* MSA (2018)

  • 0 to 19 – 215,038

  • 20 to 39 – 296,874

  • 40 to 59 – 260,537

  • 60 to 79 – 181,421

  • 80+ – 37,403

 

Age Distribution West Michigan Region** (2018)

  • 0 to 19 – 423,094

  • 20 to 39 – 425,761

  • 40 to 59 – 397,623

  • 60 to 79 – 295,449

  • 80+ – 58,461

 

Educational Attainment (2017)

DEGREE  *WEST MICHIGAN**

Graduate Degree and Higher 9.0%

Bachelor's Degree 17.0%

Associate's Degree 9.0%

Some College 23.0%

High School Diploma 31.0%

9th-12th Grade 7.0%

Less Than 9th Grade 4.0%

 

Languages Spoken

LANGUAGE CSA***

Speak only English 1,205,180

Spanish 68,901

Vietnamese 5,503

Serbo-Croatian 4,260

Chinese 3,442

German 3,280

French 2,006

Arabic 1,769

Korean 1,157

Hindi 1,046

Citations and Data Sources

*The MSA consists of the following counties: Barry, Kent, Montcalm, and Ottawa.

**The West Michigan region consists of the following counties: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Ottawa.

***The CSA consists of the following counties: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, and Newaygo.

Languages Spoken: U.S. Census Bureau

All other data: Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) / www.economicmodeling.com.