Traverse City, MI

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Population

147,606

0.276% growth

Median Age

45.1


Median Household Income

$55,926

5.09% growth

Poverty Rate

10.5%


Number of Employees

69,771

1.03% growth

Median Property Value

$178,800

4.44% growth

About

In 2017, Traverse City, MI had a population of 148k people with a median age of 45.1 and a median household income of $55,926. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Traverse City, MI grew from 147,200 to 147,606, a 0.276% increase and its median household income grew from $53,215 to $55,926, a 5.09% increase.

The population of Traverse City, MI is 92.7% White Alone, 2.79% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.71% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Traverse City, MI speak a non-English language, and 98.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Traverse City, MI are Northwestern Michigan College (891 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Traverse City, MI is $178,800, and the homeownership rate is 80%. Most people in Traverse City, MI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Traverse City, MI is 2 cars per household.

Traverse City, MI borders Green Bay, WI, Cadillac, MI, and Escanaba, MI.

Economy

The economy of Traverse City, MI employs 69.8k people. The largest industries in Traverse City, MI are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,841 people), Retail Trade (9,751 people), and Manufacturing (7,538 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($64,219), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($54,527), and Finance & Insurance ($47,857).

Median household income in Traverse City, MI is $55,926. Males in Traverse City, 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 Traverse City, MI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$55,926

2017 value

± $1,398

5.09%

1 Year Growth

± 3.3%

Households in Traverse City, MI have a median annual income of $55,926, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $53,215 in 2016, which represents a 5.09% 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 Traverse City, 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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In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Traverse City, MI was Livingston County, MI with a value of $80,733, followed by Oakland County, MI and Washtenaw County, MI, with respective values of $77,475 and $70,286.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 35 - 44

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Traverse City, MI (15.2k out of 145k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 45 - 54.

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

    13,673 ± 718

  2. Two Or More

    726 ± 200

  3. Hispanic

    410 ± 160

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Traverse City, MI is White, followed by Two Or More and Hispanic.

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

69.8k

2017 Value

± 1,628

1.03%

1 Year growth

± 3.29%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Traverse City, MI grew at a rate of 1.03%, from 69.1k employees to 69.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Traverse City, MI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,980 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,457 people), and Management Occupations (6,959 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Traverse City, MI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Traverse City, MI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,980 people), Sales & Related Occupations (8,457 people), and Management Occupations (6,959 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Traverse City, MI has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.5 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.27 times), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.26 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Traverse City, MI, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($78,400), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($59,326), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($57,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

69.8k

2017 Value

± 1,628

1.03%

1 Year growth

± 3.29%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Traverse City, MI grew at a rate of 1.03%, from 69.1k employees to 69.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Traverse City, MI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,841 people), Retail Trade (9,751 people), and Manufacturing (7,538 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Traverse City, MI, though some of these residents may live in Traverse City, 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 Traverse City, MI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,841 people), Retail Trade (9,751 people), and Manufacturing (7,538 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Traverse City, MI has an unusually high number of Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.31 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.26 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.25 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Traverse City, MI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($64,219), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($54,527), and Finance & Insurance ($47,857).

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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. $135B

  2. $35.4B

  3. $31.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $135B, followed by Mixed freight ($35.4B) and Machinery ($31.3B).

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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$448B

2015 Value

$623B

Projected 2045 Value

39.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Michigan trade was $448B. This is expected to increase 39.1% 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. $35.1B

  2. $25.1B

  3. $20.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $35.1B, followed by Indiana with $25.1B and Illinois and $20.4B.

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

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Health

92.3% of the population of Traverse City, MI has health coverage, with 44.9% on employee plans, 14.2% on Medicaid, 15.7% on Medicare, 16% on non-group plans, and 1.51% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Traverse City, MI see 1254 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.804% increase from the previous year (1244 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1385 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 431 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

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1,254 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Michigan see an average of 1,254 patients per year. This represents a 0.804% increase from the previous year (1,244 patients).

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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%).

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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

7.71%

Uninsured

44.9%

Employer Coverage

14.2%

Medicaid

15.7%

Medicare

16%

Non-Group

1.51%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Traverse City, MI declined by 14% from 8.96% to 7.71%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Traverse City, 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

Traverse City, MI is home to a population of 148k people, from which 98.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.29% of Traverse City, MI residents were born outside of the country (3.39k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Traverse City, MI is composed of 137k White Alone residents (92.7%), 4.13k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.79%), 2.52k Two or More Races residents (1.71%), 1.76k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.19%), 1.31k Black or African American Alone residents (0.89%), 890 Asian Alone residents (0.603%), 129 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0874%), and 80 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0542%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Traverse City, MI are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

45

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Traverse City, MI was 45.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Traverse City, MI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Traverse City, MI residents was 45.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.29%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.39k people

2.35%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.46k people

As of 2017, 2.29% of Traverse City, MI residents (3.39k 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 Traverse City, MI was 2.35%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

98.8%

2017 Citizenship

98.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.8% of Traverse City, MI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Traverse City, MI was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    137k ± 112

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    4.13k ± 365

  3. Two or More Races

    2.52k ± 321

In 2017, there were 33.2 times more White Alone residents (137k people) in Traverse City, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.13k Hispanic or Latino and 2.52k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Traverse City, MI as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Traverse City, MI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Traverse City, MI was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Traverse City, MI are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,382 ± 314

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,387 ± 220

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,116 ± 226

Traverse City, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Traverse City, MI awarded 891 degrees. The student population of Traverse City, MI is skewed towards women, with 2,019 male students and 2,145 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Traverse City, MI are White (784 and 89.4%), followed by Unknown (27 and 3.08%), Hispanic or Latino (22 and 2.51%), and Two or More Races (20 and 2.28%).

The largest universities in Traverse City, MI by number of degrees awarded are Northwestern Michigan College (891 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Traverse City, MI are Liberal Arts & Sciences (334 and 37.5%), General Studies (122 and 13.7%), and Registered Nursing (72 and 8.08%).

The median tuition costs in Traverse City, MI are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,159 and $8,030 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 72 degrees awarded

  2. 72 degrees awarded

  3. 331 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Traverse City, MI was Registered Nursing with 72 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Traverse City, MI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

891 degrees awarded

$6,159

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Traverse City, MI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northwestern Michigan College with 891 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

391

Degrees Awarded to Men

500

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 391 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Traverse City, MI, which is 0.782 times less than the 500 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    784 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    27 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    22 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Traverse City, MI were to White students. These 784 degrees mean that there were 29 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 27 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Traverse City, MI was $178,800 in 2017, which is 0.822 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $171,200 to $178,800, a 4.44% increase. The homeownership rate in Traverse City, MI is 80%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Traverse City, MI have an average commute time of 20.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Traverse City, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$55,926

Median Household Income

± $1,398

59.5k

Number of Households

± 1,359

In 2017, the median household income of the 59.5k households in Traverse City, MI grew to $55,926 from the previous year's value of $53,215.

The following chart displays the households in Traverse City, 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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Housing

Property Value

$178,800

2017 Median

± $3,233

$171,200

2016 Median

± $1,990

In 2017, the median property value in Traverse City, MI grew to to $178,800 from the previous year's value of $171,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Traverse City, 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 Traverse City, MI the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Traverse City, MI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Traverse City, MI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

80%

2017 Homeownership

79.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 80% of the housing units in Traverse City, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 79.8%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Traverse City, MI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Traverse City, MI have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

20.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Traverse City, MI have a shorter commute time (20.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.1% of the workforce in Traverse City, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.2%

  2. Carpooled

    10%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.77%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Traverse City, MI was Drove Alone (79.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (10%) and those who Worked At Home (5.77%).

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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