Highest-earning counties in Michigan

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July 6, 2022
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Highest-earning counties in Michigan

The 2020 median household income in the U.S. was $67,521, a decrease of 2.9% from 2019. 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 2020 5-year estimate median household income.

Data shows that annual 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 of the seven counties with the highest median household income in the country can 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: $49,987
--- 15.6% below state average, 23.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.3%
--- #2,612 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.3%
--- #1,938 highest among all counties nationwide
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#49. Luce County

- Median household income: $50,000
--- 15.6% below state average, 23.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.3%
--- #2,606 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.2%
--- #1,937 highest among all counties nationwide
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#48. Mackinac County

- Median household income: $50,058
--- 15.5% below state average, 23.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 14.8%
--- #2,532 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.0%
--- #1,928 highest among all counties nationwide
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#47. Calhoun County

- Median household income: $50,219
--- 15.2% below state average, 22.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.7%
--- #1,656 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.6%
--- #1,907 highest among all counties nationwide
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#46. Genesee County

- Median household income: $50,269
--- 15.1% below state average, 22.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.2%
--- #1,572 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.4%
--- #1,900 highest among all counties nationwide

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#45. Wexford County

- Median household income: $50,335
--- 15.0% below state average, 22.6% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.3%
--- #2,287 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.0%
--- #1,889 highest among all counties nationwide
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#44. Chippewa County

- Median household income: $50,454
--- 14.8% below state average, 22.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.6%
--- #2,216 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.3%
--- #1,879 highest among all counties nationwide
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#43. Oceana County

- Median household income: $51,161
--- 13.6% below state average, 21.3% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.6%
--- #2,222 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.9%
--- #1,800 highest among all counties nationwide
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#42. Newaygo County

- Median household income: $51,470
--- 13.1% below state average, 20.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.8%
--- #2,179 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.7%
--- #1,764 highest among all counties nationwide
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#41. Hillsdale County

- Median household income: $51,535
--- 13.0% below state average, 20.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.0%
--- #2,143 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.9%
--- #1,750 highest among all counties nationwide

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#40. Mason County

- Median household income: $51,568
--- 12.9% below state average, 20.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.2%
--- #2,106 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.2%
--- #1,744 highest among all counties nationwide
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#39. Manistee County

- Median household income: $51,658
--- 12.8% below state average, 20.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.0%
--- #2,143 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.5%
--- #1,731 highest among all counties nationwide
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#38. Dickinson County

- Median household income: $51,704
--- 12.7% below state average, 20.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.6%
--- #1,674 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.5%
--- #1,722 highest among all counties nationwide
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#37. Keweenaw County

- Median household income: $51,750
--- 12.6% below state average, 20.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 21.7%
--- #1,324 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.7%
--- #1,712 highest among all counties nationwide
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#36. Tuscola County

- Median household income: $51,891
--- 12.4% below state average, 20.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.5%
--- #2,042 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.1%
--- #1,692 highest among all counties nationwide

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#35. Montcalm County

- Median household income: $52,390
--- 11.6% below state average, 19.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.4%
--- #2,242 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.3%
--- #1,608 highest among all counties nationwide
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#34. Berrien County

- Median household income: $52,500
--- 11.4% below state average, 19.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 22.4%
--- #1,225 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.4%
--- #1,598 highest among all counties nationwide
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#33. Branch County

- Median household income: $52,782
--- 10.9% below state average, 18.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 16.4%
--- #2,247 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.6%
--- #1,581 highest among all counties nationwide
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#32. St. Joseph County

- Median household income: $53,253
--- 10.1% below state average, 18.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 17.5%
--- #2,042 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.1%
--- #1,528 highest among all counties nationwide
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#31. Muskegon County

- Median household income: $53,478
--- 9.7% below state average, 17.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 19.5%
--- #1,690 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.2%
--- #1,504 highest among all counties nationwide

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#30. Jackson County

- Median household income: $54,511
--- 8.0% below state average, 16.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 21.4%
--- #1,376 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.6%
--- #1,392 highest among all counties nationwide
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#29. Marquette County

- Median household income: $54,585
--- 7.8% below state average, 16.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 18.8%
--- #1,821 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.7%
--- #1,384 highest among all counties nationwide
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#28. Ingham County

- Median household income: $55,253
--- 6.7% below state average, 15.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 24.0%
--- #990 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.6%
--- #1,319 highest among all counties nationwide
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#27. Otsego County

- Median household income: $55,917
--- 5.6% below state average, 14.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.4%
--- #1,543 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.2%
--- #1,253 highest among all counties nationwide
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#26. Emmet County

- Median household income: $55,947
--- 5.5% below state average, 13.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 23.5%
--- #1,057 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.6%
--- #1,252 highest among all counties nationwide

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#25. Shiawassee County

- Median household income: $56,436
--- 4.7% below state average, 13.2% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 21.2%
--- #1,410 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.1%
--- #1,212 highest among all counties nationwide
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#24. Van Buren County

- Median household income: $56,652
--- 4.4% below state average, 12.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 21.9%
--- #1,281 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.0%
--- #1,195 highest among all counties nationwide
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#23. Antrim County

- Median household income: $57,256
--- 3.3% below state average, 11.9% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 20.4%
--- #1,536 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.8%
--- #1,127 highest among all counties nationwide
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#22. Lenawee County

- Median household income: $57,314
--- 3.2% below state average, 11.8% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 21.7%
--- #1,324 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.1%
--- #1,118 highest among all counties nationwide
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#21. Cass County

- Median household income: $57,514
--- 2.9% below state average, 11.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 25.2%
--- #854 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.7%
--- #1,099 highest among all counties nationwide

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#20. St. Clair County

- Median household income: $58,722
--- 0.9% below state average, 9.7% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 25.3%
--- #849 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.4%
--- #1,018 highest among all counties nationwide
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#19. Kalamazoo County

- Median household income: $58,836
--- 0.7% below state average, 9.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 27.4%
--- #668 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.9%
--- #1,007 highest among all counties nationwide
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#18. Ionia County

- Median household income: $60,139
--- 1.5% above state average, 7.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 21.4%
--- #1,371 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.4%
--- #878 highest among all counties nationwide
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#17. Charlevoix County

- Median household income: $60,433
--- 2.0% above state average, 7.0% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 22.7%
--- #1,164 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.1%
--- #863 highest among all counties nationwide
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#16. Midland County

- Median household income: $64,078
--- 8.2% above state average, 1.4% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 28.7%
--- #573 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.7%
--- #633 highest among all counties nationwide

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#15. Benzie County

- Median household income: $64,257
--- 8.5% above state average, 1.1% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 22.9%
--- #1,150 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.4%
--- #622 highest among all counties nationwide
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#14. Macomb County

- Median household income: $64,641
--- 9.1% above state average, 0.5% below national average
- Households earning over $100k: 29.2%
--- #529 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.8%
--- #603 highest among all counties nationwide
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#13. Allegan County

- Median household income: $65,071
--- 9.9% above state average, 0.1% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 25.7%
--- #805 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.4%
--- #576 highest among all counties nationwide
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#12. Lapeer County

- Median household income: $65,197
--- 10.1% above state average, 0.3% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 26.3%
--- #759 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.9%
--- #567 highest among all counties nationwide
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#11. Monroe County

- Median household income: $65,453
--- 10.5% above state average, 0.7% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 29.4%
--- #520 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 9.0%
--- #548 highest among all counties nationwide

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#10. Barry County

- Median household income: $65,557
--- 10.7% above state average, 0.9% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 27.5%
--- #659 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.9%
--- #542 highest among all counties nationwide
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#9. Kent County

- Median household income: $65,722
--- 11.0% above state average, 1.1% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 29.0%
--- #547 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 8.1%
--- #537 highest among all counties nationwide
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#8. Grand Traverse County

- Median household income: $66,457
--- 12.2% above state average, 2.3% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 27.9%
--- #627 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.6%
--- #508 highest among all counties nationwide
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#7. Leelanau County

- Median household income: $67,330
--- 13.7% above state average, 3.6% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 30.2%
--- #473 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.0%
--- #477 highest among all counties nationwide
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#6. Eaton County

- Median household income: $67,440
--- 13.9% above state average, 3.8% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 26.8%
--- #714 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 6.6%
--- #470 highest among all counties nationwide

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#5. Ottawa County

- Median household income: $72,418
--- 22.3% above state average, 11.4% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 33.1%
--- #346 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 5.3%
--- #311 highest among all counties nationwide
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#4. Clinton County

- Median household income: $72,490
--- 22.4% above state average, 11.5% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 33.6%
--- #330 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 5.8%
--- #308 highest among all counties nationwide
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#3. Washtenaw County

- Median household income: $75,730
--- 27.8% above state average, 16.5% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 37.4%
--- #225 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 10.3%
--- #253 highest among all counties nationwide
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#2. Oakland County

- Median household income: $81,587
--- 37.7% above state average, 25.5% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 40.6%
--- #160 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 7.0%
--- #179 highest among all counties nationwide
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#1. Livingston County

- Median household income: $84,274
--- 42.3% above state average, 29.7% above national average
- Households earning over $100k: 41.0%
--- #152 highest among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 4.6%
--- #143 highest among all counties nationwide

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