Search new economic data for Michigan's small communities

Published December 6, 2018

The U.S. Census Bureau released new demographic data for small communities across the nation through its American Community Survey on Thursday.

The data is in five year estimates, covering the years 2013-2017.

Twenty communities in Metro Detroit saw a measurable increase in median household income, including Lyon Township, Ferndale and Plymouth. Another 12 saw their poverty rates drop, including Oak Park and Flat Rock.

The analysis looked at data for 133 communities under 65,000 population in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Livingston counties. The majority of communities didn't see a significant change in income or poverty when accounting for the margin of error.

Incomes have gone up statewide and in Detroit, according to census data released in September for larger communities.