A look at Michigan ahead of Tuesday’s GOP primary

A profile of Michigan, site of a Republican presidential primary election on Tuesday:


Population: 9,875,187


Median age: 38.9

Percentage of population 65 and over: 13.8

Percentage of population 85 and over: 1.9


78.9 percent white, 14.2 percent black, 2.4 percent Asian, 0.6 percent American Indian, 1.5 percent other, 2.3 percent two or more races, 4.4 percent Hispanic or Latino origin


Language other than English spoken at home: 8.9 percent


High school graduate: 88 percent

Bachelor’s degree or higher: 25 percent


Median household income: $48,432

People below poverty level: 14.8 percent

Housing units occupied by owners: 72.1 percent

Housing units occupied by renters: 27.9 percent


Barack Obama, 57 percent; John McCain, 41 percent.


7.3 million


? Michigan had the nation’s highest unemployment rate for years and endured a decade of economic woes. The state’s December unemployment rate dropped to 9.3 percent from a high in August 2009 of 14.1 percent. Michigan now ranks 10th nationally, but remains above the national rate of 8.5 percent.

? Michigan last year added 80,000 manufacturing, service and other jobs, making it among the states recovering fastest from the recession.

? Besides being a leading manufacturer of cars and trucks, Michigan is the nation’s top producer of tart cherries. It’s also among national leaders for prepared cereals, machine tools, sugar beets and furniture.

? Michigan has 11,000 inland lakes and 36,000 streams and is the only state adjoining four of the five Great Lakes.

? It has 3,288 miles of shoreline, more than any state except Alaska.


Sources: 2010 and 2011 U.S. Census Data, Michigan Labor Market Information Office