PORT OF MONROE • PULLING OUR REGION TOGETHER

Demographics and Economy

Monroe County has been recognized as one of Michigan’s fastest growing counties.  Its population growth has been strong and is projected to expand in the years ahead.  All growth patterns point to an even more abundant workforce.

YearPopulation
1980 134,659
1990 133,600
2000 145,945
2009 152,721

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing

Quick Facts

People Quick FactMonroe CountyMichigan
Population, 2009 estimate 152,721 9,969,727
Population, percent change, April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 4.6% 0.3%
Population estimate base (April 1) 2000 145,945 9,938,492
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009 5.7% 6.2%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009 23.6% 23.6%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009 12.9% 13.4%
Female persons, percent, 2009 50.3% 50.8%
White persons, percent, 2009 (a) 95.3% 81.2%
Black persons, percent, 2009 (a) 2.5% 14.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2009 (a) 0.3% 0.6%
Asian persons, percent, 2009 0.7% 2.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2009 (a) Z Z
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2009 1.3% 1.6%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009 (b) 2.8% 4.2%
White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2009 92.7% 77.4%
Living in same house in 1995 and 2000, pct 5 yrs old & over 61.0% 57.3%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2000 1.9% 5.3%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2000 4.0% 8.4%
High school graduates, percentage of persons age 25+, 2000 83.1% 83.4%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2000 14.3% 21.8%
Persons with a disability, age 5+, 2000 24,083 1,711,231
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2000 24.0 24.1
Housing units, 2009 63,676 4,541,693
Homeownership rate, 2000 81.0% 73.8%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2000 13.2% 18.8%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2000 $132,000 $115,600
Household, 2000 53,772 3,785,661
Persons per household, 2000 2.69 2.56
Median household income, 2008 $57,539 $48,606
Per capita money income, 1999 $22,458 $22,168
Persons below poverty, percent, 2008 10.1% 14.4%
Business Quick FactMonroe CountyMichigan
Private nonfarm establishments, 2007 2,667 235,4221
Private nonfarm employment 40,616 3,687,4411
Private nonfarm employment, percentage change 200-2007 2.7% -9.5%1
Nonemployer establishments, 2007 8,607 648,573
Total number of firms, 2002 9,106 735,531
Black-owned firms, percent, 2002 1.1% 6.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms, percent, 2002 F 0.7%
Asian-owned firms, percent, 2002 1.1% 2.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms, percent, 2002 F 0.0%
Hispanic-owned firms, percent, 2002 F 1.3%
Women-owned firms, percent, 2002 32.1% 29.6%
Manufacturers shipments, 2002 ($1000) 3,191,278 221,433,262
Wholesale trade sales, 2002 ($1000) 1,928,545 165,958,945
Retail sales, 2002, ($1000) 1,398,052 109,350,139
Retail sales per capita, 2002 $9,365 $10,889
Accommodation and foodservies sales, 2002 ($1000) 131,763 12,248,269
Building permits, 2009 80 6,8841
Federal spending, 2008 798,729 82,933,1581
Geography Quick FactMonroe CountyMichigan
Land Area, 2000 (square miles) 551.10 56,803.82
Persons per square mile, 2000 264.9 175.0
FIPS Code 115 26
Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area Monroe, Mi
Metro Area
 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population estimates for Monroe County

YearPopulation
July 1, 2009 152,721
July 1, 2007 153,331
July 1, 2006 153,150
July 1, 2005 152,242
July 1, 2004 151,041
July 1, 2003 149,649
July 1, 2002 148,566
July 1, 2001 147,631
July 1, 2000 146,405
April 1, 2000 (Estimates Base) 145,945
April 1, 2000 (Census 2000) 145,945

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing

Monroe County, Michigan Educational Attainment

SubjectTotalMargin of ErrorMaleMargin of ErrorFemaleMargin of Error
Population 18 to 24 years 13,936 +/-319 7,314 +/-218 6,622 +/-172
Less than high school graduate 16.5% +/-2.4 16.3% +/-3.3 16.7% +/-3.7
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 35.7% +/-4.1 37.7% +/-5.2 33.4% +/-5.5
Some college or associate’s degree 41.3% +/-4.2 38.4% +/-4.9 44.6% +/-5.4
Bachelor’s degree or higher 6.5% +/-2.1 7.5% +/-3.3 5.4% +/-2.5
Population 25 years and over 101,699 +/-318 49,498 +/-274 52,201 +/-233
Less than 9th grade 3.2% +/-0.4 3.6% +/-0.6 2.8% +/-0.5
9th to 12th grade, no diploma 10.2% +/-0.7 11.1% +/-1.1 9.3% +/-0.9
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 37.5% +/-1.4 35.4% +/-1.9 39.5% +/-1.6
Some college, no degree 24.1% +/-1.1 25.4% +/-1.7 22.9% +/-1.3
Associate’s Degree 8.7% +/-0.7 7.8% +/-1.0 9.6% +/-0.9
Bachelor’s degree 11.2% +/-1.0 11.8% +/-1.2 10.5% +/-1.2
Graduate or professional degree 5.1% +/-0.6 4.8% +/-0.7 5.4% +/-0.8
Percent high school graduate or higher 86.6% +/-0.9 85.2% +/-1.2 87.0% +/-1.1
Percent Bachelor’s degree or higher 16.3% +/-1.1 16.7% +/-1.4 15.9% +/-1.3
Population 25 to 34 years 19,262 +/-322 9,727 +/-235 9,535 +/-198
High school graduate or higher 90.5% +/-2.3 88.4% +/-3.5 92.7% +/-2.5
Bachelor’s degree or higher 19.9% +/-2.3 88.4% +/-3.5 92.7% +/-2.5
Population 35 to 44 years 22,558 +/-261 11,128 +/-178 11,430 +/-196
High school graduate or higher 92.8% +/-1.7 91.1% +/-2.6 94.5% +/-2.0
Bachelor’s degree or higher 17.4% +/-2.4 17.0% +/-2.9 17.8% +/-3.1
Population 45 to 64 years 41,825 +/-281 21,036 +/-203 20,789 +/-227
High school graduate or higher 90.1% +/-1.3 88.7% +/-1.6 91.5% +/-1.5
Bachelor’s degree or higher 16.8% +/-1.7 17.6% +/-2.0 16.0% +/-2.0
Population 65 years and over 18,054 +/-180 7,607 +/-136 10,447 +/-163
High school graduate or higher 66.6% +/-2.3 63.0% +/-4.0 69.2% +/-3.2
Bachelor’s degree or higher 9.7% +/-2.0 11.8% +/-2.9 8.2% +/-2.2
POVERTY RATE FOR THE POPULATION 25 YEARS AND OVER FOR WHOM POVERTY STATUS IS DETERMINED BY EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT LEVEL
Less than high school 12.5% +/-2.4 12.3% +/-3.5 12.7% +/-3.0
High school graduate (includes equivilency) 7.0% +/-1.1 6.3% +/-1.7 7.5% +/-1.5
Some college or associate’s degree 5.5% +/-1.2 4.5% +/-1.5 6.5% +/-1.7
Bachelor’s degree 2.4% +/-1.1 2.2% +/-1.5 2.6% +/-1.5
Graduate or professional degree 2.4% +/-2.0 2.1% +/-2.1 2.6% +/-3.1
MEDIAN EARNINGS IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS (IN 2007 INFLATION-ADJUSTED DOLLARS)
Population 25 years and over with earnings 36,528 +/-969 48,913 +/-1,773 26,162 +/-1,295
Less than high school graduate 26,921 +/-4,500 33,353 +/-5,938 16,835 +/-3,293
Highschool graduate (includes equivalency) 31,453 +/-1,122 43,511 +/-2,884 22,012 +/-1,182
Some college or associate’s degree 36,861 +/-1,158 51,599 +/-1,973 26,527 +/-1,690
Bachelor’s degree 49,738 +/-3,822 56,632 +/-5,494 41,957 +/-2,398
Graduate or professional degree 58,086 +/-4,495 66,700 +/-13,877 54,713 +/-5,561
PERCENTAGE IMPUTED
Education attained 2.1% (X) (X) (X) (X) (X)

Major Employers

FirmLocationEmployeesProduct
Bay Corrugated Container Monroe 200 corrugated packaging and products
Cabela’s Dundee 450 outdoor gear store
Consumers Energy Luna Pier 120 electric utility
DTE Energy Monroe
Newport
1,530 electric utility
Detroit Stoker Company Monroe 90 industrial stokers
Gerdau MACSTEEL Monroe 468 (Sept 2010) specialty steel product
Global Engine Mfg. Alliance Dundee 450 automotive engines
Guardian Industries Corp. Carleton 450 automotive & architectural glass manufacturing
County of Monroe Monroe 600 county government
La-Z-Boy, Inc. Monroe 375 furniture manufacturer headquarters
Meijer, Inc. Monroe
Newport
1,100 warehouse/distribution center & retail store
Mercy-Memorial Hospital System Monroe 1,560 community hospital & healthcare provider
Sygma Network Monroe 160 food distribution
Monroe County Community College Monroe
Temperance
490 education & business services
Monroe Public Schools Monroe 850 K-12 education
MTS Inc. Temperance 300 hospitality & institutional seating, furnishings
Tenneco Monroe 420 shock absorbers & struts
City of Monroe Monroe 230 city government

Source: Monroe Evening News

Selected Statistics by Economic Sector

NAICS codeIndustry DescriptionEstablishments (number)Paid employees for pay period including March 12 (number)First Quarter payroll ($1,000)Annual payroll ($1,000)
00 Total for all sectors 2,677 40,616 382,501 1,497,371
11 Agriculture, foresty, fishing and hunting 3 4 S 87
21 Mining 7 b D D
22 Utilities 16 g D D
23 Construction 323 1,393 12,990 56,269
31-33 Manufacturing 143 8,872 107,812 451,540
42 Wholesale trade 107 1,784 26,445 79,778
44-45 Retail trade 433 5,746 29,180 120,772
48-49 Transportation and warehousing 98 1,591 12,982 51,228
51 Information 36 426 3,676 14,824
52 Finance and insurance 164 1,096 10,209 39,343
53 Real estate and rental and leasing 91 391 1,863 7,777
54 Professional, scientific, and technical services 152 1,110 12,653 48,666
55 Managment of companies and enterprises 12 1,461 S 111,232
56 Administrative and Support and Waste Mangagment and Remediation Services 141 2,022 11,870 50,391
61 Educational Services 25 281 1,576 6,510
62 Health care and social assistance 287 4,711 36,062 161,180
71 Arts, entertainment, and recreation 61 750 2,082 11,567
72 Accommodation and food services 274 4,545 11,366 48,518
81 Other services (except public administration) 299 2,372 13,851 57,996
99 Industries not classified 5 b 103 347
Symbols Key
   1: Includes data not distributed by county.

   (a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
   (b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

   D: Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual companies; data are included in higher totals.
   F: Fewer than 100 firms.
   FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data.
   N: Not Available or not comparable.
   NA: Not available.
   S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards.
   X: Not applicable.    Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau