Ottawa County, MI

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2022 Population
296,183
0.841% 1-year growth
US Senator
Debbie Stabenow
Democratic Party
US Senator
Gary Peters
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
35.8
0.562% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
7.56%
0.846% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$83,932
8.6% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$269,200
17.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
153,468
0.555% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Ottawa County, MI had a population of 296k people with a median age of 35.8 and a median household income of $83,932. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Ottawa County, MI grew from 293,713 to 296,183, a 0.841% increase and its median household income grew from $77,288 to $83,932, a 8.6% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ottawa County, MI are White (Non-Hispanic) (82.6%), White (Hispanic) (3.7%), Two+ (Hispanic) (3.11%), Other (Hispanic) (2.87%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.61%).

None of the households in Ottawa County, MI reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97.9% of the residents in Ottawa County, MI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Ottawa County, MI are Grand Valley State University (6,722 degrees awarded in 2022), Hope College (170301) (837 degrees), and Western Theological Seminary (97 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Ottawa County, MI was $269,200, and the homeownership rate was 78.2%.

Most people in Ottawa County, MI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Ottawa County, MI was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Ottawa County, MI is home to a population of 296k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.88% of Ottawa County, MI residents were born outside of the country (14.4k people).

In 2022, there were 22.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (245k people) in Ottawa County, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.9k White (Hispanic) and 9.21k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.9%
2022 Citizenship
97.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.9% of Ottawa County, MI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Ottawa County, MI was 97.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ottawa County, MI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    245k ± 788
  2. White (Hispanic)
    10.9k ± 1.25k
  3. Two+ (Hispanic)
    9.21k ± 1.14k
10.2%
Hispanic Population
30.2k people

In 2022, there were 22.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (245k people) in Ottawa County, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 10.9k White (Hispanic) and 9.21k Two+ (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

10.2% of the people in Ottawa County, MI are hispanic (30.2k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Ottawa County, MI as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    79,402 ± 6,891 people
  2. India
    76,527 ± 6,766 people
  3. Iraq
    57,451 ± 5,868 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Michigan was Mexico, the natal country of 79,402 Michigan residents, followed by India with 76,527 and Iraq with 57,451.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.88%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
14.4k people
5.08%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
14.9k people

As of 2022, 4.88% of Ottawa County, MI residents (14.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Ottawa County, MI was 5.08%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    4,295 ± 432
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,134 ± 329
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,787 ± 350

Ottawa County, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.01 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Ottawa County, MI employs 153k people. The largest industries in Ottawa County, MI are Manufacturing (35,777 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (21,169 people), and Retail Trade (15,876 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($101,957), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($97,639), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($95,000).

Males in Michigan have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,244. The income inequality in Michigan (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

153k
2022 Value
± 3,139
0.555%
1 Year growth
± 2.87%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ottawa County, MI grew at a rate of 0.555%, from 153k employees to 153k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ottawa County, MI, are Management Occupations (17,352 people), Production Occupations (16,099 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (15,859 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ottawa County, MI.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

153k
2022 Value
± 3,139
0.555%
1 Year growth
± 2.87%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ottawa County, MI grew at a rate of 0.555%, from 153k employees to 153k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ottawa County, MI, are Manufacturing (35,777 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (21,169 people), and Retail Trade (15,876 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ottawa County, MI, though some of these residents may live in Ottawa County, MI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$55,339
Median earning men ± $1,370
$33,399
Median earning women ± $724

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($74,310), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($73,214), and Wholesale Trade ($70,121).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($51,985), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,085), and Construction ($43,477).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.16%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.37M people employed in Michigan. This represents a 2.16% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 23.6%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Michigan.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 2,723
    Manufacturing
  2. 1,923
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 1,311
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Ottawa County, MI went to Donald J. Trump with 59.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (38.4%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.37%).

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are the senators currently representing the state of Michigan. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Michigan is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Michigan

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Debbie Stabenow
Senator from Michigan1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001
Gary Peters
Senator from Michigan2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are the senators currently representing Michigan.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Michigan

Michigan is currently represented by 13 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Ottawa County, MI awarded 7,757 degrees. The student population of Ottawa County, MI in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 9,837 male students and 15,618 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Ottawa County, MI are White (6,370 and 83.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (446 and 5.86%), Black or African American (272 and 3.57%), and Two or More Races (264 and 3.47%).

The largest universities in Ottawa County, MI by number of degrees awarded are Grand Valley State University (6,722 and 86.7%), Hope College (170301) (837 and 10.8%), and Western Theological Seminary (97 and 1.25%).

The most popular majors in Ottawa County, MI are General Psychology (418 and 5.39%), General Marketing & Marketing Management (325 and 4.19%), and General Education (303 and 3.91%).

The median tuition costs in Ottawa County, MI are $36,841 for private four year colleges, and $14,302 and $20,198 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Ottawa County, MI, the percentage of applicants admitted was 88.1%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 24.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 25,455 (38.6% men and 61.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 25,455 students enrolled in Ottawa County, MI, 38.6% men and 61.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 19,774 records, of which 62.1% were women and 37.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 418 degrees awarded
  2. 325 degrees awarded
  3. 276 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Ottawa County, MI was General Psychology with 418 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Ottawa County, MI according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 6,722 degrees awarded
  2. 837 degrees awarded
  3. 97 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Grand Valley State University with 6,722 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 2,670 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Ottawa County, MI, which is 0.525 times less than the 5,087 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 6,370 degrees mean that there were 14.3 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 446 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($36,841) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($380) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,010) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.784% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.801% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.31M), Some college (1.92M), and Bachelors Degree (1.42M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ottawa County, MI was $269,200 in 2022, which is 0.955 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $228,400 to $269,200, a 17.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Ottawa County, MI is 78.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Ottawa County, MI have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Ottawa County, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Ottawa County, MI is $83,932. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Ottawa County, MI was Census Tract 246 with a value of $139,583, followed by Census Tract 236 and Census Tract 235, with respective values of $131,111 and $128,400.

In 2022, 10.8% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Ottawa County, MI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.75%.

Property

$269,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,628
$84,698
Median Property Taxes
±$2,002

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Ottawa County, MI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

78.2%
Homeownership
2022
67.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 78.2% of the housing units in Ottawa County, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 78.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 246
  2. Census Tract 236
  3. Census Tract 235

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ottawa County, MI was Census Tract 246 with a value of $139,583, followed by Census Tract 236 and Census Tract 235, with respective values of $131,111 and $128,400.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Ottawa County, MI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$83,932
Median Household Income
± $1,829
108k
Number of Households
± 2,552

In 2022, the median household income of the 108k households in Ottawa County, MI grew to $83,932 from the previous year's value of $77,288.

The following chart displays the households in Ottawa County, 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Ottawa County, MI is from Michigan.
0.466
2022 Wage GINI in Michigan
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Michigan

In 2022, the income inequality in Michigan was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.473% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Michigan was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Michigan in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.8%)
  2. Carpooled (8.21%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.85%)

In 2022, 79.8% of workers in Ottawa County, MI drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.21%) and those who worked at home (7.85%).

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Commute Time

20.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ottawa County, MI have a shorter commute time (20.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.17% of the workforce in Ottawa County, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 10.8% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Ottawa County, MI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.75%.

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Poverty & Diversity

7.56% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ottawa County, MI (21.6k out of 286k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 75+.

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

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 6.1% of the children was living in poverty in Ottawa County, MI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 6.6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 243 in Ottawa County, MI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 77 per 100,000 population.

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Health

96.6% of the population of Ottawa County, MI has health coverage, with 62.7% on employee plans, 8.58% on Medicaid, 12.5% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 0.85% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Ottawa County, MI see 1504 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.48% increase from the previous year (1482 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1646 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 495 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49% were men and 51% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,504 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Ottawa County, MI

Primary care physicians in Ottawa County, MI see an average of 1,504 patients per year. This represents a 1.48% increase from the previous year (1,482 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Ottawa County, MI in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.5% under 18 years, 23.6% between 18 and 34 years, 35.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49% were men and 51% were women.

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Uninsured People

3.38%
Uninsured
62.7%
Employer Coverage
8.58%
Medicaid
12.5%
Medicare
12%
Non-Group
0.85%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ottawa County, MI declined by 4.39% from 3.53% to 3.38%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 36.8 in Ottawa County, MI.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 31.9% in Ottawa County, MI.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 5.88% in Ottawa County, MI.

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