ALLEGAN COUNTY

 

Population Trends & Projections Ė Allegan Countyís population increased by 36.6 percent between 1980 and 2010 to reach a total of 111,408 (Table 9).  This rate of growth was similar to Region 8ís rate of 39.8 percent and much higher than Michiganís growth rate of 6.7 percent.  Projections indicate Allegan Countyís population will continue to grow and by 2030 will reach 135,498.

 

Table 9 Ė Population Trends & Projections for Allegan County, Region 8, and Michigan

 

Trends

Projections

1980

1990

2000

2010

% Change

2020

2030

Allegan County

81,555

92,557

105,665

111,408

36.6

123,454

135,498

Region 8

837,655

948,502

1,104,848

1,171,404

39.8

1,319,388

1,467,370

Michigan

9,262,078

9,295,277

9,938,444

9,883,640

6.7

10,695,993

10,964,172

Source:  U.S. Census of Population, WMRPC, Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget

 

Population Traits Ė Table 10 compares Allegan Countyís population traits to the Regionís and the State of Michiganís. Between 2000 and 2010 the Countyís population increased by 5.4 percent to reach 111,408 while the Regionís population increased by 6.0 percent to reach 1,171,404 and the State of Michiganís population decreased by 0.6 percent to reach 9,883,640 during the same period.  The Countyís population under the age of five makes up 6.7 percent of the population, which is between the Regionís amount of 6.9 percent and the State of Michigan figure of 6.0 percent.  Allegan County has a higher percentage of residents under 18 (26.2 percent) than the Region (25.7 percent) or Michigan (23.7 percent).  The Countyís population 65 and over makes up 13.0 percent of the population, which is between the Regionís figure of 11.9 percent and Michiganís figure of 13.8 percent.  The Countyís and Regionís identical median household size of 2.62 persons per household is larger than Michiganís median of 2.53.  Allegan County is unusual since it has fewer women than men (49.8 percent women and 50.2 percent men).  The Region has a lower percentage of women (50.4 percent) than Michigan (50.9 percent) Ė and a higher ratio of men than the State as-a-whole.   

 

Racial distribution is also different between the County, Region, and the State of Michigan.  There is a higher percentage of Whites in Allegan County (92.9 percent) than either the Region (85.7 percent) or Michigan (78.9 percent).  The County has a lower percentage of Blacks (1.2 percent) than The Region (5.9 percent) or Michigan (14.2 percent).  The Countyís percentage of Native Indian and Alaska Native (0.6 percent) is similar to the Region and Michigan (0.5 percent in the Region and 0.6 percent in Michigan).  The County has a lower percentage of Asians (0.6 percent) than the Region (1.9 percent) or Michigan (2.4 percent).  The County has a lower percentage of residents reporting two or more races (1.9 percent) than the Region (2.4 percent) or Michigan as-a-whole (2.3 percent).  Allegan Countyís percentage of Hispanics or Latinos (6.7 percent) falls between the Region (8.1 percent) and Michigan (4.4 percent).     

 

In Allegan County and Region 8, 88.9 percent of people over 25 have a high school degree compared to 88.0 percent in Michigan.  Conversely, 19.4 percent of the Countyís population over the age of 25 has a bachelorís degree or higher, while 26.1 percent of the Regionís population and 25.0 percent of Michiganís over 25 population has at least a bachelorís degree.  The Countyís Veteranís make up 7.8 percent of the population while the Regionís Veteranís comprise 6.5 percent of the population and Michiganís make up 7.4 percent.

 

Table 10 Ė 2010 Population Traits for Allegan County, Region 8, and Michigan

 

Allegan County

Region 8

Michigan

2000 Population

105,665

1,104,848

9,938,444

2010 Population

111,408

1,171,404

9,883,640

% Change 2000-2010

5.4

6.0

-0.6

% Under 5

6.7

6.9

6.0

% Under 18

26.2

25.7

23.7

% 65 and Over

13.0

11.9

13.8

Number of Households

42,078

432,595

3,843,997

Persons Per Household

2.62

2.62

2.53

% Female

49.8

50.4

50.9

% Male

50.2

49.6

49.1

% White

92.9

85.7

78.9

% Black

1.2

5.9

14.2

% American Indian & Alaska Native

0.6

0.5

0.6

% Asian

0.6

1.9

2.4

% Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander

--

--

--

% Reporting 2 or More Races

1.9

2.4

2.3

% Hispanic or Latino

6.7

8.1

4.4

% of People 25+ with High School Degree

88.9

88.9

88.0

% of People 25+ with Bachelorís  Degree or Higher

19.4

26.1

25.0

% of Population Veterans

7.8

6.5

7.4

Source:  U.S. Census of Population; American Community Survey

 

Housing Traits Ė Table 11 identifies information about housing in Allegan County, the Region, and the State of Michigan.  Allegan County varies from the Region and Michigan, which are very similar to each other.  The homeownership rate in Allegan County (83.2 percent) is much higher than the Region (75.8 percent of the housing units) or Michigan (74.2 percent).  The Countyís percentage of multi-family units (8.8 percent) is much lower than the Regionís rate of 18.6 percent or Michiganís figure of 18.0 percent.  Finally, the median value of owner occupied housing in Allegan County of $149,400 is higher than the Regionís median of $144,870 or the Stateís median of $144,200.

 

Table 11 Ė 2010 Housing Traits for Allegan County, Region 8, and Michigan

 

Allegan County

Region 8

Michigan

Number of Housing Units

49,429

486,587

4,532,233

Homeownership Rate

83.2

75.8

74.2

% Multi Unit

8.8

18.6

18.0

Median Value of Owner Occupied Housing Units

$149,400

$144,870

$144,200

Source:  U.S. Census of Population; American Community Survey

 

Income and Business Traits Ė Table 12 includes income information and business traits for Allegan County, Region 8, and the State of Michigan.  Allegan Countyís median household income of $50,240 is higher than Region 8ís median of $49,369 or Michiganís median of $48,432, but the Countyís per capita income of $23,108 is lower than the Regionís amount of $23,697 or Michiganís figure of $25,135.  Allegan County has a lower percentage of people below the poverty level (11.9 percent) than Region 8 (13.4 percent) or Michigan (14.8 percent).   

 

Table 12 Ė Income & Business Traits for Allegan County, Region 8, and Michigan

 

Allegan County

Region 8

Michigan

2010 Median Household Income

$50,240

$49,369

$48,432

2010 Per Capita Income

$23,108

$23,697

$25,135

Persons Below Poverty Level

11.9%

13.4%

14.8%

Number of Firms in 2007

10,312

97,331

816,972

Number of Firms Per Capita

0.093

0.083

0.083

Manufacturing Shipments ($1,000)

$4,240,717

$32,332,374

$234,455,768

Manufacturing Shipments Per Capita

$38,064

$27,601

$23,721

Wholesaler Sales ($1,000)

$506,692

$15,949,448

$107,109,349

Wholesaler Sales Per Capita

$4,548

$13,615

$10,837

Retail Sales ($1,000)

$881,344

$12,943,553

$109,102,594

Retail Sales Per Capita

$7,805

$11,096

$10,855

Accommodation and Food Services Sales ($1,000)

$118,800

$1,467,699

$14,536,648

Acc. and Food Services Sales Per Capita

$1,066

$1,252

$1,470

Building Permits (2010)

152

1,421

9,075

Building Permits Per Capita

0.0014

0.0012

0.0009

Mean Travel Time to Work (minutes)

23.4

21.6

23.7

Source:  U.S. Census of Population; American Community Survey

 

Table 12 also shows some facts related to business and sales.  In 2007 Allegan County had 10,312 businesses, which equaled 0.093 businesses per capita Ė which was higher than Region 8 which had 97,331 businesses which equaled 0.083 businesses per capita, and the State of Michigan which had the same ratio as the Region.  When the per capita sales of the various types of businesses is compared between the County, Region, and Michigan it shows that the County does better in Manufacturing Sales ($38,064 in Allegan County versus $27,601 in the Region and $23,721 in Michigan).  Wholesaler Sales were lower in the County ($4,548 in Allegan County, $13,615 in the Region, and $10,837 in Michigan) as were Retail Sales ($7,805 in Allegan County, $11,096 in the Region, and $10,855 in Michigan).  With per capita sales of $1,470, Michigan did better than the Region ($1,252) or Allegan County ($1,066) in Accommodations.  The County had a better ratio of building permits than the Region or the State of Michigan.  Allegan Countyís commute time of 23.4 minutes was longer than the Regionís commute of 21.6 minutes and about the same as Michiganís commute of 23.7 minutes.

 

Employment Traits Ė Table 13 shows differences between employment distribution in Allegan County, Region 8, and the State of Michigan.  In Allegan County there are 51,416 people over 16 employed in the civilian labor force, In Region 8 this figure is 544,940 and in Michigan the figure is 4,369,785.  Allegan County has a higher percentage of people employed in Agriculture and related fields (3.1 percent) than either the Region (1.8 percent) or Michigan (1.3 percent).  The County also has a higher percentage employed in construction (7.9 percent) than Region 8 (5.8 percent) or Michigan (5.3 percent).  Manufacturing accounts for 24.5 percent of the Countyís jobs (the Countyís largest category), 20.3 percent of the Regionís workforce and 17.6 percent of Michiganís.  Allegan County has a higher percentage of workers in Transportation (4.9 percent versus 4.2 percent in Michigan and 3.9 percent in Region 8).  Wholesale trade accounts for 3.9 percent in the County, 4.1 percent in Region 8, and 2.8 percent in Michigan.  The County, Michigan and Region 8 have similar percentages in Retail trade (11.5-11.6 percent) which is the third largest employment category in all three areas. 

 

In most of the other categories, the County has a lower percentage than in Region 8 or Michigan.  Information accounts for 1.1 percent in the County, 1.8 percent in Region 8 and 1.9 percent in Michigan.  Finance accounts for 3.9 percent in the County and 5.7 percent in the Region and Michigan.  Professional accounts for 7.0 percent in Allegan County, 8.1 percent in Region 8 and 8.9 percent in Michigan. Education, Health Care, and Social Services account for 17.7 percent (the Countyís second largest category) of the Countyís workforce, 21.4 percent of the Regionís, and 23.2 percent of Michiganís. Arts, Entertainment, Accommodations, and Food Services account for 7.4 percent of the Countyís workforce, 8.1 percent of Region 8ís and 9.1 percent of the Stateís.  Finally, Public Administration accounts for 2.2 percent of Allegan Countyís workforce, 2.5 percent of Region 8ís, and 3.8 percent of Michiganís.      

 

Table 13 Ė 2010 Employment Traits in Allegan County, Region 8, and Michigan

 

Allegan County

Region 8

Michigan

Population 16 and Over

85,239

896,649

7,836,314

   In Labor Force

56,049

601,797

4,944,003

Civilian Employed Population 16 and Over (# / %)

51,416/100.0

544,940/100.0

4,369,785/100.0

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, and Mining

1,600/3.1

9,710/1.8

54,946/1.3

Construction

4,059/7.9

31,597/5.8

230,305/5.3

Manufacturing

12,584/24.5

110,547/20.3

770,715/17.6

Wholesale Trade

2,011/3.9

22,191/4.1

122,378/2.8

Retail Trade

5,891/11.5

63,181/11.6

507,530/11.6

Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities

2,516/4.9

21,498/3.9

181,648/4.2

Information

573/1.1

9,581/1.8

82,395/1.9

Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

2,051/3.9

31,244/5.7

250,855/5.7

Professional, Scientific, and Management, and Administrative and Waste Management Services

3,592/7.0

43,961/8.1

388,626/8.9

Educational Services, and Health Care and Social Assistance

9,080/17.7

116,389/21.4

1,012,153/23.2

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, and Accommodation and Food Services

3,792/7.4

44,058/8.1

397,267/9.1

Other Services, Except Public Administration

2,556/5.0

27,144/5.0

206,152/4.7

Public Administration

1,111/2.2

13,839/2.5

164,815/3.8

Source:  U.S. Census of Population; American Community Survey

 

Table 14 Ė Employment Trends in Allegan County, Region 8, Michigan, and the United States

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Allegan County

  Labor Force

56,468

55,679

53,550

53,247

52,004

  Employment

52,956

51,520

46,870

46,934

47,254

  Unemployment

3,512

4,159

6,680

6,313

4,750

  Unemployment Rate

6.2

7.5

12.5

11.9

9.1

Region 8

  Unemployment Rate

6.2

7.3

11.6

11.0

8.6

Michigan

  Unemployment Rate

7.1

8.3

13.4

12.7

10.3

United States

  Unemployment Rate

4.6

5.8

9.3

9.6

8.9

Source:  Michigan Department of Career Development, Labor Market Information

 

Table 14 shows the unemployment trends for Allegan County, Region 8, Michigan, and the United States for the five year period between 2007 and 2011.  Allegan Countyís unemployment rate ranged from a low of 6.2 percent in 2007 to a high of 12.5 percent in 2009 before dropping to 11.9 percent in 2010 and 9.1 percent in 2011.  The Countyís labor force decreased each year dropping from a high of 56,468 in 2007 to 52,004 in 2011.  Allegan Countyís unemployment rate was a little higher than Region 8ís for most of the period, but lower than Michiganís and higher than the national average.  Region 8ís unemployment rate ranged from a low of 6.2 percent in 2007 to a high of 11.6 percent in 2009 before it decreased in 2010 to 11.0 percent and again in 2011 to 8.6 percent.  Region 8ís unemployment rate was lower than Michiganís during the entire five year period.  Region 8ís unemployment rate was higher than the National average until 2011 when it dropped below the United Stateís average for the first time in many years. 

 

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