Michigan’s population increased slightly from 2016 to 2017, but population growth was slower than all of its peers except Illinois and Ohio. Michigan remained the 10th most populated state in 2017, but its population level is about 2.5 million fewer 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.