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Demographics

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.

 

Year

Population

1980

134,659

1990

133,600

2000

145,945

2010

2012(Estimated)

151,048

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

 

Region Data

County Land Size

549.39 square miles

Persons per square mile

276.7

 

Population

Median age

40.30

 

Gender Demographics

Male

74,196

Female

76,180

 

Race Demographics

White

143,008

African American

3458

Native American

601

Asian

902

Other, two or more races

2407

Hispanic Ethnicity

4812

 

Household Demographics

Number of Households

58,292

Median Household Income

$54,588

Home Ownership Rate

79.3%

Median value of owner-occupied housing

$147,600

Average persons per household

2.58

Median travel time to work

24.5 minutes

 

Educational Attainment

High School Diploma

133,985

Bachelor’s Degree

26,466

Graduate Degree

10,000

Source – US Census Bureau

Greater Ann Arbor Regional Data
(http://greaterannarborregion.org/regional-data/)

 

Major Employers

Monroe County has experienced steady industrial growth over the past three decades. Traditionally, automakers and auto-related suppliers have powered the area’s economic engine, but new diverse industries ranging from materials processing to alternative energy have decided to make the county and Monroe’s port their homes. Below are some of the major employers in Monroe County.

Firm

Location

Employees

Product

ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital

Monroe

1,738

community hospital & healthcare provider

DTE Energy

Monroe Newport

1,251

utility provider

Johnson Controls

Monroe/ Frenchtown

815

automotive plastics

Monroe Public Schools

Monroe

800

public school district

Bedford Public Schools

Bedford

625

public school district

Chrysler Engine Plant

Dundee

590

automotive engines

Gerdeau Specialty Steel

Monroe

510

specialty steel product

La-Z-Boy, Inc.

Monroe

491

furniture manufacturer headquarters

Meijer Warehouse

Newport

475

warehouse/distribution center

Tenneco, Inc.

Monroe

456

shock absorbers & struts

Monroe Bank and Trust

Monroe

450

finance

Monroe County ISD

Monroe

433

county wide school district

Guardian Industries Corp.

Carleton

430

automotive & architectural glass manufacturing

Monroe County

Monroe

427

county government

Cabela’s

Dundee

350

outdoor gear store

Four Star Greenhouse

Carleton

320

landscaping & gardening supply

Walmart

Monroe

300

department store

Monroe County Community College

Monroe

295

community college

Jefferson Public Schools

Monroe

282

public school district

Airport Public Schools

Carleton

280

public school district

Backyard Products

Monroe

210

storage and recreational buildings

MTS Seating

Temperance

197

chairs and tables

Ida Public Schools

Ida

190

public school district

TWB

Monroe

183

welded blanks & coils

Mason Public Schools

Mason

178

public school district

Midway Products

Monroe

160

automotive metal parts

Pioneer Metal Finishing

Monroe

150

metal finishing

Dundee Public Schools

Dundee

147

public school district

Automatic Handling International

Erie

132

handling & packaging systems

ORT Tool & Die

Erie

130

fabrication & manufacture