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Population and Housing Narrative Profile
2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates


While the ACS produces sample-based population group and housing estimates used in this report, the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program produces and disseminates official estimates of the population for the nation, states, counties, cities and towns, as well as estimates of housing units for states and counties. For more information see: www.census.gov/popest/

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Geography: Grand Traverse County, Michigan


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Households and Families

In 2009-2013 there were 34,700 households in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. The average household size was 2.4 people.

Families made up 66 percent of the households in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. This figure includes both married-couple families (52 percent) and other families (13 percent). Of other families, 6 percent are female householder families with no husband present and own children under 18 years. Nonfamily households made up 34 percent of all households in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Most of the nonfamily households were people living alone, but some were composed of people living in households in which no one was related to the householder.

In Grand Traverse County, Michigan, 28 percent of all households have one or more people under the age of 18; 26 percent of all households have one or more people 65 years and over.


Types of Households in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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Among persons 15 and older, 54 percent of males and 52 percent of females are currently married.

Population 15 years and over Males Females
Never married 31.4 23.8
Now married, except separated 54.3 51.5
Separated 0.8 0.9
Widowed 2.3 9.1
Divorced 11.2 14.6


In Grand Traverse County, Michigan, 1,300 grandparents lived with their grandchildren under 18 years old. Of those grandparents, 48 percent of them had financial responsibility for their grandchildren.


Nativity and Foreign Born

An estimated 98 percent of the people living in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013 were
native residents of the United States
and 80 percent of these residents were
living in the state in which they were born.


An estimated 2 percent of the people living in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013 were foreign born. Of the foreign born population, 57 percent were naturalized U.S. citizens, and 94 percent entered
the country
before the year 2010. An estimated 6 percent of the foreign born entered
the country
in 2010 or later.

Foreign born residents of Grand Traverse County, Michigan come from different parts of the world.

Region of Birth for the Foreign Born Population in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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Language

Among people at least five years old living in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013, 3 percent spoke a language other than English at home. Of those speaking a language other than English at home, 45 percent spoke Spanish and 55 percent spoke some other language; 27 percent reported that they did not speak English "very well."


Percent of the Population 5 years and over who Speak a Language other than English in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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Geographic Mobility

In 2009-2013, 86 percent of the people at least one year old living in Grand Traverse County, Michigan were living in the same residence one year earlier.

Geographic Mobility of Residents of Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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Education

In 2009-2013, 93 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 30 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher. An estimated 7 percent did not complete high school.

The total school enrollment in Grand Traverse County, Michigan was 20,700 in 2009-2013. Nursery school and kindergarten enrollment was 2,500 and elementary or high school enrollment was 13,100 children. College or graduate school enrollment was 5,000.


Educational Attainment of People in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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Disability

In Grand Traverse County, Michigan, among the civilian noninstitutionalized population in 2009-2013, 12 percent reported a disability. The likelihood of having a disability varied by age - from 4 percent of people under 18 years old, to 10 percent of people 18 to 64 years old, and to 31 percent of those 65 and over.

Employment Status and Type of Employer

In Grand Traverse County, Michigan, 60 percent of the population 16 and over were employed; 34 percent were not currently in the labor force.

An estimated 82 percent of the people employed were private wage and salary workers; 10 percent were federal, state, or local government workers; and 8 percent were self-employed in their own (not incorporated) business.



Class of worker Number Percent
Private wage and salary workers 34,725 81.8
Federal, state, or local government workers 4,384 10.3
Self-employed workers in own not incorporated business 3,307 7.8
Industries

In 2009-2013, the civilian employed population 16 years and older in Grand Traverse County, Michigan worked in the following industries:



Percent by Industry in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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Occupations

Occupations for the civilian employed population 16 years and over in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013:



Civilian employed population 16 years and over Number Percent
Management, business, sciences, and arts occupations 13,831 32.6
Service occupations 8,928 21.0
Sales and office occupations 11,265 26.5
Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations 3,835 9.0
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations 4,613 10.9

Commuting to Work

An estimated 81 percent of Grand Traverse County, Michigan workers drove to work alone in 2009-2013, and 10 percent carpooled. Among those who commuted to work, it took them on average 20 minutes to get to work.


Percent of Workers 16 and over Commuting by Mode in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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Income

The median income of households in Grand Traverse County, Michigan was $51,766. An estimated 10 percent of households had income below $15,000 a year and 6 percent had income over $150,000 or more.

Median Earnings for Full-Time Year-Round Workers by Sex in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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Data is from Key Industry Statistics Table: row 2, columns 1 and 2


An estimated 78 percent of the households received earnings and 21 percent received retirement income other than Social Security. An estimated 32 percent of the households received Social Security. The average income from Social Security was $18,537. These income sources are not mutually exclusive; that is, some households received income from more than one source.

Proportion of Households with Various Income Sources in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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Data is from Key Industry Statistics Table: row 2, columns 1 and 2

Poverty and Participation in Government Programs

In 2009-2013, 12 percent of people were in poverty. An estimated 14 percent of related children under 18 were below the poverty level, compared with 6 percent of people 65 years old and over. An estimated 8 percent of all families and 30 percent of families with a female householder and no husband present had incomes below the poverty level.


Poverty Rates in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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Data is from Key Industry Statistics Table: row 2, columns 1 and 2
Health Insurance

Among the civilian noninstitutionalized population in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013, 87 percent had health insurance coverage and 13 percent did not have health insurance coverage. For those under 18 years of age, 5 percent had no health insurance coverage. The civilian noninstitutionalized population had both private and public health insurance, with 72 percent having private coverage and 31 percent having public coverage.

Population

In 2009-2013, Grand Traverse County, Michigan has a total population of 88,200 -- 44,800 (51 percent) females and 43,400 (49 percent) males. The median age was 41.1 years. An estimated 22 percent of the population was under 18 years and 15 percent was 65 years and older.

Age Distribution of People in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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For people reporting one race alone, 96 percent were White; 1 percent were Black or African American; 1 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native; 1 percent were Asian; less than 0.5 percent were Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and less than 0.5 percent were some other race. An estimated 2 percent reported two or more races. An estimated 2 percent of the people in Grand Traverse County, Michigan were Hispanic. An estimated 93 percent of the people in Grand Traverse County, Michigan were White non-Hispanic. People of Hispanic origin may be of any race.


Housing Characteristics

In 2009-2013, Grand Traverse County, Michigan had a total of 41,700 housing units, 17 percent of which were vacant. Of the total housing units, 77 percent were in single-unit structures, 15 percent were in multi-unit structures, and 8 percent were mobile homes. An estimated 39 percent of the housing units were built since 1990.

Types of Housing Units in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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The median number of rooms in all housing units in Grand Traverse County, Michigan is 6. Of these housing units, 63 percent have three or more bedrooms.

Occupied Housing Unit Characteristics

In 2009-2013, Grand Traverse County, Michigan had 34,700 occupied housing units - 26,100 (75 percent) owner occupied and 8,500 (25 percent) renter occupied. An estimated 61 percent of householders of these units had moved in since 2000. An estimated 69 percent of the owner occupied units had a mortgage. An estimated 2 percent of the households did not have telephone service. An estimated 5 percent had no vehicles available and another 20 percent had three or more.

Homes in Grand Traverse County, Michigan were heated in the following ways:

House heating fuel used in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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+this category includes utility, bottled, tank, or LP gas

Housing Costs

The median monthly housing costs for mortgaged owners was $1,275, nonmortgaged owners $474, and renters $847. An estimated 34 percent of owners with mortgages, 15 percent of owners without mortgages, and 50 percent of renters in Grand Traverse County, Michigan spent 30 percent or more of household income on housing.

Occupants with a Housing Cost Burden in Grand Traverse County, Michigan in 2009-2013
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Explanation of Symbols:
An '-' entry in the estimate column indicates that either no sample observations or too few sample observations were available to compute an estimate, or a ratio of medians cannot be calculated because one or both of the median estimates falls in the lowest interval or upper interval of an open-ended distribution.
An '-' following a median estimate means the median falls in the lowest interval of an open-ended distribution.
An '+' following a median estimate means the median falls in the upper interval of an open-ended distribution.