Michigan’s population increased slightly from 2015 to 2016, but population growth was slower than all of its peers except for Illinois and Ohio. Michigan remained the 10th most populated state in 2016, but its population level is about two million lower than the “Top Ten” average.
What It Is: Total 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.