Lowest-earning counties in Michigan

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December 4, 2021
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Lowest-earning counties in Michigan

Americans on the whole were doing well financially heading into 2020, with major markers like unemployment reaching 50-year lows. The pandemic changed all that: During the second quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, our nation’s real GDP fell by a whopping 31.4%, a number that hasn’t been seen since the Great Depression. As the economy makes its comeback, things are still a far cry from the way they were in 2019.

One marker that has sped far past its 2019 position is that of income inequality in the United States. Low-wage industries were decimated by the pandemic, leaving millions without work or in positions they were overqualified for. Meanwhile, nearly one in five households across the United States earn less than $25,000 a year, while more than 6% have an annual income that falls below $10,000.

Where you live can make a big impact on your financial situation. Stacker compiled a list of the lowest-earning counties in Michigan using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the Census’ 2019 5-year estimate median household income. Keep reading to see where people in your state are making the least.

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#50. 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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#49. 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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#48. 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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#47. 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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#46. 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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#45. 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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#44. 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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#43. 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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#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. 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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#40. 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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#39. 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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#38. 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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#37. 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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#36. 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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#35. 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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#34. 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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#33. Presque Isle County

- Median household income: $47,948
--- 16.1% below state median, 23.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.9%
--- #2,333 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.3%
--- #1,645 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#32. Mackinac County

- Median household income: $47,938
--- 16.1% below state median, 23.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.2%
--- #2,454 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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#31. Gratiot County

- Median household income: $47,848
--- 16.3% below state median, 23.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.4%
--- #2,065 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.6%
--- #1,053 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#30. Sanilac County

- Median household income: $47,672
--- 16.6% below state median, 24.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.5%
--- #2,404 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.1%
--- #1,432 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#29. Delta County

- Median household income: $47,434
--- 17.0% below state median, 24.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.9%
--- #1,976 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.1%
--- #1,186 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#28. Wayne County

- Median household income: $47,301
--- 17.2% below state median, 24.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 20.3%
--- #1,346 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.8%
--- #567 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#27. Missaukee County

- Median household income: $47,194
--- 17.4% below state median, 24.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 13.5%
--- #2,570 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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#26. Wexford County

- Median household income: $47,193
--- 17.4% below state median, 24.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.4%
--- #2,421 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.9%
--- #1,504 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#25. Kalkaska County

- Median household income: $46,898
--- 17.9% below state median, 25.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.0%
--- #2,487 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.9%
--- #1,230 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#24. Menominee County

- Median household income: $46,828
--- 18.1% below state median, 25.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.3%
--- #2,752 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.3%
--- #1,126 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#23. Chippewa County

- Median household income: $46,486
--- 18.7% below state median, 26.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 14.2%
--- #2,454 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.1%
--- #959 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#22. Baraga County

- Median household income: $46,065
--- 19.4% below state median, 26.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.0%
--- #2,149 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.2%
--- #756 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#21. Alger County

- Median household income: $45,570
--- 20.3% below state median, 27.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.1%
--- #2,771 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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#20. Schoolcraft County

- Median household income: $45,500
--- 20.4% below state median, 27.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.5%
--- #2,842 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.5%
--- #590 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#19. Luce County

- Median household income: $45,469
--- 20.4% below state median, 27.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.6%
--- #2,703 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.8%
--- #1,244 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#18. Isabella County

- Median household income: $45,116
--- 21.0% below state median, 28.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 17.7%
--- #1,817 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 17.8%
--- #445 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#17. Mecosta County

- Median household income: $45,018
--- 21.2% below state median, 28.4% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.1%
--- #2,111 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.6%
--- #695 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#16. Gladwin County

- Median household income: $44,619
--- 21.9% below state median, 29.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 13.1%
--- #2,626 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.1%
--- #959 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#15. Osceola County

- Median household income: $44,032
--- 22.9% below state median, 29.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.7%
--- #2,684 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.0%
--- #972 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#14. Iosco County

- Median household income: $43,678
--- 23.6% below state median, 30.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 10.9%
--- #2,916 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.9%
--- #1,222 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#13. Alpena County

- Median household income: $43,363
--- 24.1% below state median, 31.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 15.0%
--- #2,322 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.2%
--- #937 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#12. Houghton County

- Median household income: $43,183
--- 24.4% below state median, 31.3% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 16.3%
--- #2,094 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 16.6%
--- #580 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#11. Oscoda County

- Median household income: $42,335
--- 25.9% below state median, 32.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.3%
--- #2,741 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.2%
--- #937 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#10. Arenac County

- Median household income: $42,290
--- 26.0% below state median, 32.7% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.1%
--- #2,766 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.0%
--- #1,197 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#9. Roscommon County

- Median household income: $42,054
--- 26.4% below state median, 33.1% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.1%
--- #2,898 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 13.7%
--- #1,030 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#8. Montmorency County

- Median household income: $41,772
--- 26.9% below state median, 33.5% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 10.1%
--- #2,990 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 12.8%
--- #1,244 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#7. Iron County

- Median household income: $41,599
--- 27.2% below state median, 33.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 10.8%
--- #2,932 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.6%
--- #695 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#6. Ontonagon County

- Median household income: $41,546
--- 27.3% below state median, 33.9% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 9.9%
--- #2,999 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 11.9%
--- #1,504 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#5. Alcona County

- Median household income: $40,484
--- 29.2% below state median, 35.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 10.2%
--- #2,984 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 14.8%
--- #838 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#4. Ogemaw County

- Median household income: $40,373
--- 29.3% below state median, 35.8% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.2%
--- #2,888 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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#3. Clare County

- Median household income: $39,565
--- 30.8% below state median, 37.0% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 11.4%
--- #2,858 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 15.7%
--- #686 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#2. Gogebic County

- Median household income: $38,839
--- 32.0% below state median, 38.2% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 12.8%
--- #2,669 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.3%
--- #399 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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#1. Lake County

- Median household income: $37,320
--- 34.7% below state median, 40.6% below national median
- Households earning over $100k: 8.8%
--- #3,066 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- Households earning less than $15k: 18.5%
--- #381 highest rate among all counties nationwide

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