Highest-earning counties in Michigan

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May 5, 2022
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Highest-earning counties in Michigan

The 2019 median household income in the U.S. was $68,703, up 6.8% from 2018. COVID-19 in 2020 drastically altered income and poverty levels, along with consumer habits and job opportunities.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-earning counties in Michigan using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by 2019 5-year estimate median household income. Keep reading to discover which counties in your state rake in the most cash.

Data shows that annual income depends heavily on an individual’s educational attainment, race, ethnicity, gender, and even location. One cluster of the United States is particularly well off: The five counties with the highest median household income in the country can all be found in the Washington D.C. metropolitan areas of Maryland and Northern Virginia. These counties can likely attribute their wealth to their proximity to Washington D.C., which attracts highly educated and skilled people in areas of law and public policy. And people in those fields often marry each other, making two high-earning households one very high-earning household.

Keep reading to learn more about the highest-earning counties in Michigan.

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#50. Crawford County

- Median household income: $47,977
--- 16.0% below state median, 23.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.5%
--- #2,405 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.8%
--- #1,010 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#49. Saginaw County

- Median household income: $48,000
--- 16.0% below state median, 23.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.4%
--- #1,672 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.5%
--- #1,077 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#48. Cheboygan County

- Median household income: $48,044
--- 15.9% below state median, 23.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 13.5%
--- #2,568 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.6%
--- #1,293 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#47. Huron County

- Median household income: $48,289
--- 15.5% below state median, 23.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.6%
--- #2,213 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.7%
--- #1,537 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#46. Genesee County

- Median household income: $48,588
--- 15.0% below state median, 22.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.6%
--- #1,625 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.2%
--- #937 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#45. Calhoun County

- Median household income: $48,607
--- 14.9% below state median, 22.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.7%
--- #1,610 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.2%
--- #1,408 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#44. Bay County

- Median household income: $48,819
--- 14.6% below state median, 22.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.6%
--- #1,849 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.4%
--- #1,341 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#43. Montcalm County

- Median household income: $49,448
--- 13.5% below state median, 21.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.9%
--- #2,152 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.2%
--- #1,672 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#42. Hillsdale County

- Median household income: $49,622
--- 13.2% below state median, 21.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.1%
--- #1,946 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.1%
--- #1,704 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#41. Tuscola County

- Median household income: $49,988
--- 12.5% below state median, 20.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.1%
--- #2,111 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.0%
--- #1,737 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#40. Manistee County

- Median household income: $50,055
--- 12.4% below state median, 20.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.7%
--- #2,194 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.3%
--- #1,954 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#39. Oceana County

- Median household income: $50,104
--- 12.3% below state median, 20.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.8%
--- #2,352 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.2%
--- #1,984 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#38. Keweenaw County

- Median household income: $50,292
--- 12.0% below state median, 20.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.9%
--- #1,783 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.7%
--- #1,834 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#37. Newaygo County

- Median household income: $50,326
--- 11.9% below state median, 19.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.0%
--- #2,132 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.8%
--- #1,512 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#36. Berrien County

- Median household income: $50,795
--- 11.1% below state median, 19.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 22.0%
--- #1,097 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.6%
--- #1,556 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#35. Muskegon County

- Median household income: $50,854
--- 11.0% below state median, 19.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.0%
--- #1,748 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.8%
--- #1,512 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#34. Dickinson County

- Median household income: $51,645
--- 9.6% below state median, 17.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.7%
--- #1,610 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.3%
--- #1,369 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#33. Mason County

- Median household income: $51,725
--- 9.5% below state median, 17.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.1%
--- #1,734 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.6%
--- #1,566 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#32. Branch County

- Median household income: $51,947
--- 9.1% below state median, 17.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.6%
--- #2,019 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.9%
--- #2,369 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#31. St. Joseph County

- Median household income: $52,086
--- 8.9% below state median, 17.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.6%
--- #2,019 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.8%
--- #2,090 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#30. Ingham County

- Median household income: $52,872
--- 7.5% below state median, 15.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 22.9%
--- #973 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.2%
--- #1,145 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#29. Jackson County

- Median household income: $53,658
--- 6.1% below state median, 14.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 20.8%
--- #1,275 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.9%
--- #1,773 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#28. Marquette County

- Median household income: $53,970
--- 5.6% below state median, 14.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 19.4%
--- #1,475 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.6%
--- #1,556 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#27. Otsego County

- Median household income: $54,332
--- 4.9% below state median, 13.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 19.2%
--- #1,518 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.1%
--- #2,318 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#26. Van Buren County

- Median household income: $54,485
--- 4.7% below state median, 13.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 21.4%
--- #1,186 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.4%
--- #1,923 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#25. Cass County

- Median household income: $55,107
--- 3.6% below state median, 12.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 21.9%
--- #1,112 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.7%
--- #2,126 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#24. Lenawee County

- Median household income: $55,450
--- 3.0% below state median, 11.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 20.6%
--- #1,308 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.7%
--- #2,395 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#23. Charlevoix County

- Median household income: $55,760
--- 2.4% below state median, 11.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 20.8%
--- #1,275 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.0%
--- #2,336 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#22. Emmet County

- Median household income: $55,829
--- 2.3% below state median, 11.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 21.5%
--- #1,171 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.8%
--- #2,090 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#21. Shiawassee County

- Median household income: $56,032
--- 1.9% below state median, 10.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 19.9%
--- #1,410 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.1%
--- #2,547 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#20. Antrim County

- Median household income: $56,165
--- 1.7% below state median, 10.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 20.2%
--- #1,358 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.4%
--- #2,252 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#19. Kalamazoo County

- Median household income: $56,511
--- 1.1% below state median, 10.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 25.0%
--- #738 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.4%
--- #1,923 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#18. St. Clair County

- Median household income: $56,951
--- 0.3% below state median, 9.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 24.5%
--- #794 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.8%
--- #2,090 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#17. Ionia County

- Median household income: $57,043
--- 0.2% below state median, 9.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 18.9%
--- #1,579 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.8%
--- #2,374 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#16. Benzie County

- Median household income: $57,974
--- 1.5% above state median, 7.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 20.6%
--- #1,308 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.9%
--- #2,352 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#15. Monroe County

- Median household income: $62,203
--- 8.9% above state median, 1.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 26.7%
--- #607 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.5%
--- #2,191 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#14. Midland County

- Median household income: $62,625
--- 9.6% above state median, 0.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 27.2%
--- #572 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.9%
--- #2,369 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#13. Lapeer County

- Median household income: $62,641
--- 9.6% above state median, 0.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 25.4%
--- #711 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.2%
--- #2,525 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#12. Macomb County

- Median household income: $62,855
--- 10.0% above state median, 0.0% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 27.7%
--- #537 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.1%
--- #2,551 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#11. Allegan County

- Median household income: $62,965
--- 10.2% above state median, 0.2% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 24.7%
--- #772 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.6%
--- #2,677 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#10. Kent County

- Median household income: $63,053
--- 10.3% above state median, 0.3% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 27.2%
--- #572 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.1%
--- #2,551 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#9. Grand Traverse County

- Median household income: $63,575
--- 11.3% above state median, 1.2% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 27.3%
--- #559 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.8%
--- #2,835 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#8. Eaton County

- Median household income: $64,348
--- 12.6% above state median, 2.4% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 25.9%
--- #666 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.3%
--- #2,742 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#7. Barry County

- Median household income: $64,490
--- 12.9% above state median, 2.6% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 25.7%
--- #679 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.7%
--- #2,862 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#6. Leelanau County

- Median household income: $65,249
--- 14.2% above state median, 3.8% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 27.8%
--- #527 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.5%
--- #2,883 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#5. Ottawa County

- Median household income: $69,314
--- 21.3% above state median, 10.3% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 30.6%
--- #383 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 5.6%
--- #2,989 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#4. Clinton County

- Median household income: $70,390
--- 23.2% above state median, 12.0% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 31.6%
--- #350 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.4%
--- #2,893 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#3. Washtenaw County

- Median household income: $72,586
--- 27.0% above state median, 15.5% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 36.3%
--- #216 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.6%
--- #1,865 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#2. Oakland County

- Median household income: $79,698
--- 39.5% above state median, 26.8% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 39.5%
--- #153 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.4%
--- #2,717 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#1. Livingston County

- Median household income: $84,221
--- 47.4% above state median, 34.0% above national median
- Households earning over $100k: 41.1%
--- #127 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 4.7%
--- #3,064 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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