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Population and Demographics

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Overview (2017)

MSA* West Michigan
Total Population 1,056,217 1,591,159
Growth Rate for Past 5 Years (2013-2017) 4.0% 2.7%
Civilian Labor Force 573,379 826,593
Jobs 590,382 781,036
Average Earnings $54,172 $52,564
Gross Regional Product (2017) $56,500,000,000 $73,000,000,000

Race and Ethnicity - West Michigan Region** (2017)

Race and Ethnicity - Grand Rapids-Wyoming* MSA (2017)

Age Distribution Grand Rapids-Wyoming* MSA (2017)

Age Distribution West Michigan Region** (2017)

Educational Attainment (2017)

Degree MSA* West Michigan**
Graduate Degree and Higher 10.0% 9.0%
Bachelor's Degree 20.0% 17.0%
Associate's Degree 9.0% 9.0%
Some College 22.0% 23.0%
High School Diploma 28.0% 31.0%
9th-12th Grade 7.0% 7.0%
Less Than 9th Grade 4.0% 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.