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MASON COUNTY
BY THE NUMBERS

When looking to obtain data, demographics and other relevant county and regional information, the Mason County Growth Alliance team is here to assist you in identifying the major economic indicators for your business and project.  The figures below outline the primary economic indicators that are constantly being monitored by the MCGA team.

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Physical Characteristics

Mason County Climate

Annual Rainfall (in.) 30.5
Annual Snowfall (in.) 81
Precipitation Days 121
Sunny Days 163
Avg. July High Temp (deg. F) 80.9
Avg. Jan. Low Temp (deg. F) 15.2
Comfort Index 51
(US National Average = 44)
Avg. UV Index 3.3

Mason County Topography

Elevation (ft.) 694
Total Land Area: 495 sq. miles
Water Area: 746.7 sq. mile

Total Population

Total Population - 2016

%

5 - Year Growth ('10-'15)

Prior year(s) population data

2015 : 28,783 (Source: US Census)
2014 : 28,705 (Source: US Census)
2013 : 28,648 (Source: US Census)
2012 : 28,672 (Source: US Census)
2011 : 28,682 (Source: US Census)

Employment

%

Unemployment Rate - Dec. 2016

Total Labor Force - Dec. 2016

Total Employees - Dec. 2016

Prior year(s) unemployment percentage

2015 : 7.6% (Source: MI BLS)
2014 : 10.10% (Source:MI BLS)
2013 : 10.60% (Source:MI BLS
2012 : 11.20% (Source: MI BLS)
2011 : 13.00% (Source: MI BLS)

Prior year(s) labor force

2014 : 13,757 (Source: US Census)
2013 : 13,958(Source: US Census)
2012 : 14,113 (Source: US Census)
2011 : 13,990(Source: US Census)

Prior year(s) employee figures

2015 : 13,042 (Source: US Census)
2014 : 13,230
 (Source: US Census)
2013 : 12,710(Source: US Census)
2012 : 12,057 (Source: US Census)

Household Income/Cost of Living

Median Household - 2016

Cost of Living Data in Mason County: 82.4

Cost of Living

Based on US average of 100
Ludington Overall: 82.4 (Michigan 89)


Other Cost of Living Metrics

Housing: 61
Utilities: 96
Health: 95
Transportation: 97
Grocery: 94.6

Prior year(s) household Income Demographics

2015 : $42,156 (Source: US Census)
2014 : $42.156 
(Source: US Census)
2013 : $41,136 (Source: US Census)
2012 : $40,957 (Source: US Census)
2011 : $40,683 (Source: US Census)

Age Distribution

  • 0-9 Years : 3,154 Persons 10.8%
  • 10-19 Years : 3,405Persons 11.6%
  • 20-29 Years : 3,193 Persons 11.0%
  • 30-39 Years : 3,009Persons 10.3%
  • 40-49 Years : 3,218 Persons 11.0%
  • 50-59 Years : 4,333 Persons 14.8%
  • 60-64 Years : 2,364 Persons 8.1%
  • 65+ Years : 6,528 Persons 22.3%
  • Total Population : 29,204 100%

Education Attainment 

  • Less than 9th Grade 2.84%
  • 9th-12th Grade 5.93%
  • High School Diploma 33.76%
  • Some College 25.67%
  • Associate’s Degree 10.73%
  • Bachelor’s Degree 13.45%
  • Graduate Degree 7.63%
Total Highschool Enrollment

Total High School Enrollment (2016) : 1,259

2015 Enrollment : 1,255
2014 Enrollment : 1,297
2013 Enrollment : 1,316
2012 Enrollment : 1,442
2011 Enrollment : 1,502

(Source: MI School Data)

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