Welcome to the updated and enhanced Rural Benchmarking Database, supported by the Michigan Rural Network and maintained by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The database provides the latest statistics on employment, income, school performance, health and social characteristics for the state's 83 counties.
Each of the state's counties is grouped into one of four categories, based on the primary economic influences shaping their development:
Plus, those counties heavily involved in tourism are examined in a separate sub-category: Tourist. A county is grouped into the Tourist category, if the percentage of its total income generated by eating and drinking places is greater than one standard deviation above the mean for the state. All counties examined in the Tourist sub- grouping are also included in one of the three primary rural categories (urban core counties were excluded from consideration).
Every county in the state can be compared to both the Michigan and the Great Lakes states groupings (Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin). To access this interactive table viewer, use the pull-down menu below.
If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can improve the Rural Michigan Benchmarking Data presented here, please feel free to send an email.