Local government administrative spending in Michigan is 28 percent less than the “Top Ten” average and 19 percent lower than the peer state average.

What It Is: Local government payroll spending per resident.

Why It Matters: Government payrolls are an indicator of the expanse and quality of government services offered. However, high payroll figures can also indicate large administrative costs and inefficiency.

Local Government Payroll Spending Trends

Local Government Payroll Spending Standings

Source: U.S. Census Bureau (Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances)