Posts Tagged ‘Ann Arbor’

Washtenaw County has highest percentage of foreign-born residents

February 16, 2015

The U.S. Census Bureau defines a foreign-born person as “anyone who was not a U.S. citizen at birth. This includes respondents who indicated they were a U.S. citizen by naturalization or not a U.S. citizen. Persons born abroad of American parents or born in Puerto Rico or other U.S. Island Areas are not considered foreign born.”

In 2012, 12.9 percent of the U.S. population was foreign-born and 6 percent of Michigan’s population was foreign-born, according to American Community Survey. While no county in Southeast Michigan had a higher percentage of foreign-born residents than the entire United States overall, four of the seven counties in the region did have a higher foreign-born population percentage than Michigan.

We saw in a previous post that Oakland County had the highest percentage of refugee residents in the region in 2012. This post shows that Washtenaw County had the highest percentage of foreign-born residents in that same year.

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As noted, Washtenaw County had the highest percentage of foreign-born residents in 2012. During that time, 11.4 percent of Washtenaw County’s population was made up of foreign-born residents. Oakland and Macomb counties, which had the largest refugee populations, were the only other counties in the region where more than 10 percent of the population was made of foreign-born residents. In Oakland County, 11.2 percent of the population was foreign-born and in Macomb County 10 percent of the population was foreign-born.

Monroe County had the lowest percentage of foreign-born residents at 2 percent.

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We see above that much of the foreign-born population in Washtenaw County resided in and around Ann Arbor.  Within Ann Arbor and portions of Scio, Pittsfield and Ypsilaniti we see that the foreign-born population made up 20 percent or more of the population. Throughout the rest of the county though, particularly the west side, the foreign-born population made up less than 5 percent of the population.

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Wayne County, which had a foreign-born population of 7.7 percent, had both the municipality with the highest percentage of foreign-born residents and the lowest. The foreign-born population in Hamtramck made up 43.1 percent of the city’s population. Highland Park’s population was only made up of .4 percent of foreign-born residents.

Other municipalities throughout the tri-county region where more than 4 percent of the population was foreign-born were: Detroit (Wayne), Dearborn (Wayne), West Bloomfield (Oakland), Troy (Oakland) and Sterling Heights (Macomb).

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In Detroit, where 5.1 percent of the population was foreign-born, the majority of these residents resided in and around Southwest Detroit. In Southwest Detroit, that neighborhood’s population was 47 percent foreign-born. Springwells, West Riverfront, Vernor, Chadsey, Hubbard, and Boynton were other Detroit neighborhoods where 20 percent of more of the population was foreign-born. As we learned in a previous post, much of the foreign-born people living in this area of Detroit are of Hispanic descent.

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All the single ladies (and men): Ann Arbor has highest percent of single residents

February 10, 2014

Singlehood in Ann Arbor and Detroit is quite popular, according to data provided by the 2012 American Community Survey. When comparing the City of Detroit to the other municipalities that make up the seven-county region, Detroit was one of only four municipalities where over 40 percent of females 15 and older have never been married. For males, Detroit was one of 22 municipalities in which more than 40 percent of the male population was single. Given these percentages, however, Detroit was not the city in the seven-county region with the highest percentage of people who have never been married. That distinction belonged to Ann Arbor, where over 50 percent of both the male and female population was single in 2012.

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When looking at both the tri-county and seven county region, there were only four municipalities in 2012 where more than 40 percent of the female population, 15 years of age and older, had never been married by 2012. These municipalities were: Ann Arbor, Detroit,  Highland Park and Pontiac. Ann Arbor had the highest percentage of single females at 51.6 percent; Detroit was closely behind at 50.1 percent.  Highland Park came in third at 47.5 percent and Pontiac came in fourth at 42 percent.

When looking at the Southeast Michigan map,  the outlying counties (Livingston, Monroe, St. Clair, and Washtenaw) were predominantly composed of communities where the population of single females ranged from 10 to 20 percent.  Wayne County was the only county in the region where the percent of the single, never married, female population was above 20 percent in all communities.

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According the American Community Survey, there were more single males in the City of Detroit in 2012 and in the seven-county region than there were single females. The number of municipalities in the Southeast Michigan region where 40 percent or more of the male population was never married by 2012 is more than double the number of municipalities with the same percentage of single females.

Of the 22 municipalities where more than 40 percent of the male population was single and never married, Ann Arbor had the highest percentage at 58.4 percent. Wayne and Oakland counties both had the highest number of communities (6) where more than 40 percent of the male population was single in 2012. In Wayne County, the City of Highland Park had the highest percentage of men never married at 56.5; the City of River Rouge came in second with 55.3 percent and the City of Detroit came in third with 54.9.

In addition to Washtenaw County having the community with the highest single male population, it also has the highest number of communities where only 10 to 20 percent are single. There are four such communities in Washtenaw County and one in Livingston County.