Michigan was the 10th most populated state in 2015. Michigan’s population increased slightly from 2014 to 2015, and its population level is about two million lower than the “Top Ten” average. Its population growth was slower than all of its peers except for Illinois.
What It Is: Number of residents.
Why It Matters: Growth in population is an indicator for how well a state attracts and retains residents. It also affects a state’s ability to support shared responsibilities such as maintaining infrastructure and providing education.