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Population and Demographics

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Overview (2019)

MSA* West Michigan
Total Population 1,081,457 1,619,133
Growth Rate for Past 5 Years (2014-2019) 4.3% 3.7%
Civilian Labor Force (2019) 574,584 825,594
Jobs 621,968 807,008
Average Earnings (2019) $54,300 $56,700
Gross Regional Product (2019) $65,200,000,000 $83,400,000,000

Race and Ethnicity - West Michigan Region** (2019)

Race and Ethnicity - Grand Rapids-Wyoming* MSA (2019)

Age Distribution Grand Rapids-Wyoming* MSA (2019)

Age Distribution West Michigan Region** (2019)

Educational Attainment (2019)

Degree MSA* West Michigan**
Graduate Degree and Higher 11.0% 9.0%
Bachelor's Degree 20.0% 18.0%
Associate's Degree 9.0% 9.0%
Some College 22.0% 23.0%
High School Diploma 28.0% 31.0%
9th-12th Grade 6.0% 6.0%
Less Than 9th Grade 4.0% 5.0%

Languages Spoken (2018)

Language CSA***
Speak only English 498,527
Spanish 28,156
Other & Unspecified Languages 3,556
Other Indo-European Languages 3,103
German or other West Germanic Languages 2,876
Other Asian & Pacific Island Languages 2,841
Russian, Polish, or other Slavic Languages 2,252
Vietnamese 2,034
French, Haitian, or Cajun 1,678
Chinese (incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) 1,199
Arabic 869
Tagalog (incl. Filipino) 848
Korean 419

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.