We’re still No. 1: Livingston County richest in Michigan

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Livingston County — with a median household income of $80,897 — is Michigan’s wealthiest, according to estimated numbers for 2014-2018 just released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Rounding out the top five Michigan counties for median household income are Oakland County at $76,387; Washtenaw County at $69,484; Clinton County at $67,482; and Ottawa County at $67,468.

And the wealthiest county in Michigan also boasts the lowest tax rate. When I look at our numbers, I have to scratch my head why we don’t have our own community college, or mass transit, or a county-wide internet system that reaches into the more rural areas, or live broadcasted municipal meetings, because we can darn well afford all of it.

And don’t get me started on all our dirt roads.

As the richest county in Michigan, maybe we could establish a county executive position. Oakland County has one, and they’re not as rich as we are.

Hey, maybe we could invest in the future and provide transportation to get all our kids into pre-school programs. Did you know that lack of transportation keeps a lot of kids at home instead of in pre-school, even for programs that are free, like Great Start Livingston Readiness and Head Start?

But we are rich!

How rich?

Our median household income is 47 percent higher than that of Michigan, AND 34 percent higher than the country as a whole.

As you can see, we’re pretty darn rich.

Median household income within Livingston County ranges from a high of $105,741 in Brighton Township to $45,760 in the City of Howell. Most of the wealth is concentrated in the northeastern section of the county.

You can read some Census Bureau QuickFacts on Livingston County by clicking here.

You can explore other Demographic and Housing Estimate data for Livingston County by clicking here.

For income in the past 12 months in 2018 inflation-adjusted dollars, click here.

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About Maria Stuart 240 Articles
Journalist Maria Stuart lives in Howell. She worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as a reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. These days, she runs The Livingston Post, and is often spotted holding court at Uptown Coffeehouse.

1 Comment

  1. It appears that the reason why we have low taxes is because we don’t have a county executive, a community college or mass transit. Simply put, you cannot have your cake and eat it too. In addition, if Livingston County has more services, more people may want to move here. Most of us are in no hurry for that to happen.

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