Economic statistics for Monroe MI
Monroe County, Mich., is the most southeast corner of Michigan and bordered by the Toledo, Detroit and Ann Arbor communities.
Here are some of the economic statistics that have been reported by the area news media, government agencies and non-profit agencies.
The statistics that I refer to most often on Monroe on a Budget are median household income (half the families make more, half the families make less); and the percentage of students who are on free or reduced-price lunches.
Population of Monroe County, Mich., based on U.S. Census and SEMCOG numbers:
- 2010: 160,922
- 2008: 152,947
- 2005: 152,400
- 2000: 145,945
- 1990: 133,600
- 1980: 134,659
- 1970: 119,215
This information comes from the Michigan Labor Market Information database:
- 1990: 7.6 percent.
- 1991: 10.2 percent.
- 1992: 9.7 percent.
- 1993: 8.1 percent.
- 1994: 5.9 percent.
- 1995: 5.1 percent.
- 1996: 3.8 percent.
- 1997: 3.6 percent.
- 1998: 2.9 percent.
- 1999: 2.8 percent.
- 2000: 3.2 percent.
- 2001: 4.4 percent.
- 2002: 5.2 percent.
- 2003: 6.1 percent.
- 2004: 6.2 percent.
- 2005: 6.1 percent.
- 2006: 6.4 percent.
- 2007: 6.6 percent.
- 2008: 8.6 percent.
- 2009: 14.2 percent.
- 2010: 12.4 percent.
- 2011: 9.7 percent.
- 2012: 8.0 percent.
The Monroe County Local College Access Network started meeting in 2012 to discuss ways that Monroe County, Mich., college graduate and certificate training percentages can increase. At a meeting in September, the committee distributed a preliminary of some statistics that it had collected. Most of the numbers are for the 2010-11 academic year.
The key statistic the committee is watching involves adults age 25 to 64 with a two- or four-year degree. Those numbers are:
- United States: 38.3 percent.
- Michigan: 36.3 percent.
- Monroe County: 28.8 percent.
Highlights from Kids Count
Unemployment in Michigan:
- 2006: 6.9 percent.
- 2007: 7.2 percent.
- 2008: 8.4 percent.
- 2009: 13.6 percent.
- 2010: 12.5 percent.
Median household income in Michigan:
- 2005: $46,072.
- 2006: $47,187.
- 2007: $47,931.
- 2008: $48,606.
- 2009: $45,254.
Michigan students eligible for free or reduced price lunches:
- 2006: 36.2 percent.
- 2007: 37.5 percent.
- 2008: 41.3 percent.
- 2009: 45.8 percent.
- 2010: 46.5 percent.
Do remember that families can qualify for reduced-price lunches before they would be considered “in poverty.”
Michigan children in poverty:
- 2005: 18.3 percent.
- 2006: 18.3 percent.
- 2007: 19.3 percent.
- 2008: 19.3 percent.
- 2009: 22.2 percent.
Child support owed but less than 70 percent received in Michigan:
- 2006: 58. 2 percent.
- 2007: 57.8 percent.
- 2008: 61.9 percent.
- 2009: 61.2 percent.
- 2010: 62.6 percent.
Remember that child support isn’t just applicable to never-married parents, but also to divorced parents.
The Michigan median household income as calculated by the U.S. Census bureau:
- 2007: $49,800.
- 2008: $48,600. Yes, there was a decline.
- 2009: $47,797.
- 2010: $45,413. Yes, a noticeable decline. And according to some news reports, this is nearly 20 percent less than it was in 2000.
The Monroe County, Mich., median household income as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau:
- 2006: $54,444.
- 2007: $53,750. Yes, there was a decline.
- 2008: $57,539.
- 2009: $52,824. Another steep decline.
- 2010: $59,974. I didn’t expect this jump up; especially when given the increase in food stamp recipients.
There is public transit within the city of Monroe and fringe areas of Monroe Township and Frenchtown Township via a city bus system. The city itself is also very friendly to walkers and bikers with a network of sidewalks and trails.
But there is no public transit to take people from Monroe to the metro areas of Detroit or Ann Arbor. Connections to Toledo do exist, but are limited.
Now consider these U.S. Census statistics: 54.4 percent of Monroe County’s adult workforce worked outside the county in 2012. That’s up slightly from 2007, when about 50 percent of workers worked outside the county. Nationally, only 27.4 percent of workers commute outside the county where they live.
The mean travel time to work for Monroe County residents is 24.6 minutes.
The numbers for the top commute locations, from the 2012 data, are:
- 13,323: Wayne County, Mich.
- 11,986: Lucas County, Ohio.
- 4,592: Washtenaw County, Mich.
- 1,082: Wood County, Ohio.
- 1,043: Oakland County, Mich.
Only 12 percent of Monroe County commuters travel less than 10 miles to work
Therefore: swings in gas prices are a detail that local residents pay close attention to.
These numbers also are interesting because they provide clues as to what stores people might be shopping at while on their daily commute.
There have been a lot of foreclosures in the past couple of years in Monroe County, Mich., which explains this data from the U.S. Census Bureau:
- Percentage of owner occupied homes in 2007: 80.1 percent. The median housing value was $176,600.
- Percentage of owner occupied homes in 2008: 79.7 percent. The median housing value was $169,400.
The number of families in Monroe County, Mich., who lived at the poverty level, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates:
- 2006: 7.3 percent
- 2007: 7.8 percent.
- 2008: 10.1 percent.
- 2009: 8 percent.
- 2010: 10.1 percent.
This increase is resulting in a strain on the traditional safety net programs that are aimed at the poorest of the poor. Many of government programs are aimed at those who make 200 percent of poverty level or less.
The number of households in Monroe County, Mich., who are receiving food stamps, according to U.S. Census Bureau reports:
- 2007: 10.4 percent.
- 2008: 12.2 percent.
- 2010: 13.9 percent.
Related: The number of Michigan families who are receiving food stamps, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis in November 2010 says there were 1,877,087 Michigan families or 18.8 percent of the population receiving food stamps during August 2010. To compare, the U.S. average was 13.8 percent that month.
The Michigan Department of Human Services is reporting in fall 2010 the following information:
In fiscal year 2009, more than 2.5 million people in Michigan – or about a quarter of the state’s population – received one of five welfare programs. That includes cash, food, medical, state disability or child development and care assistance. Thousands more used benefits or services related to energy assistance, adult and child abuse or neglect, foster care or adoption, home help services or other assistance.
School lunch program
Here are the numbers of students in Monroe Public Schools, Monroe, Mich., who are receiving free or reduced-price lunch stats:
- 2006-07 school year: 27 percent.
- 2007-08 school year: 38 percent.
- 2008-09 school year: 45 percent.
- 2009-10 school year: 49 percent.
Noticing a trend here? I didn’t get keep up my efforts to get exact numbers from MPS, and therefore skipped the 2010-11 statistic. But I do have 2011-12 reports.
When one compares the school lunch figures (available through the MCOP 2012 Community Needs Assessment report) to student enrollment for that same year, the percentages of students in area districts who got such help during the 2011-12 year settle out like this.
- Airport: 42 percent.
- Bedford: 24 percent.
- Dundee: 29 percent.
- Ida: 21 percent.
- Jefferson: 36 percent.
- Mason: 45 percent.
- Monroe: 51 percent.
- Summerfield: 25 percent.
- Whiteford: 23 percent.
The 2011 County Health Rankings survey is reporting the following percentages of uninsured adults during 2007:
- Monroe County: 11 percent.
- Michigan: 14 percent.
- “National benchmark: 13 percent.
Homeless Network research
The Homeless Awareness Planning Committee, in conjunction with the Monroe County Network on Homelessness, hosts a Homeless Awareness Week every November. The statistics that the committee reviewed in preparation for the 2009 awareness week included these information points:
- The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness reported in 2008 that the major factors contributing to homelessness are lack of affordable housing, debt, lack of income, disabilities, lack of employment or underemployment.
- About 10 percent of Monroe County residents are living in the poverty level. While the network’s statistic is from 2005, the poverty level income range in 2008 benchmarks is $10,400 for one person; $14,000 for a family of two; $21,200 for a family of four.
- Monroe Public Schools reported 174 students identified as homeless during the 2007-2008 school year. Students who are officially reported as homeless are eligible for free lunch and can receive transportation or tutoring assistance.
- Attendance at the Monroe God Works! and community dinners hosted by area churches has risen to about 140 people a night, 40 percent of whom are families.
- The 2008 fair market rent in Monroe County was pegged at $779 a month for a two-bedroom apartment and $1,017 a month for a three-bedroom apartment. With these rates, a family of four with two people working full time at minimum wage would earn $29,744 and spend 41 percent of their income just on rent. The commonly accepted affordable housing percentage is 30 percent of income for rent plus utilities.
Last updated March 28, 2013.