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Michigan Public Policy Survey - Regions of Michigan

Michigan is a large state with significant geographic diversity. Different regions of the state have varying economic bases, varying demographic and cultural characteristics, and so on. In order to better understand the data gathered through the MPPS, the web-based data tables and MPPS reports often breakdown the data by geographic region (in addition to breakdowns by jurisdiction type and population size of the respondent's community). For instance, the 2009 Spring MPPS found that falling property tax revenue was a much more common problem among jurisdictions in Southeast Michigan than in any other region of the state. In Southeast Michigan, 80 percent of local governments reported this problem in 2009, compared to only 48 percent of all local governments across the state. See this finding here.

The MPPS has followed the lead of Michigan State University's State of the State Survey (a survey of public opinion among Michigan citizens) in terms of identifying regions of the state. See the map and list of counties by region below for more information.

Regions:

  •   Upper Peninsula
  •   Northern Lower Peninsula
  •   West Central
  •   East Central
  •   Southwest
  •   Southeast

List of Counties, by Region
Upper Peninsula Northern Lower Peninsula West Central East Central Southwest Southeast
Alger
Baraga
Chippewa
Delta
Dickinson
Gogebic
Houghton
Iron
Keweenaw
Luce
Mackinac
Marquette
Menominee
Ontonagon
Schoolcraft
Alcona
Alpena
Antrim
Benzie
Charlevoix
Cheboygan
Crawford
Emmet
Grand Traverse
Iosco
Kalkaska
Leelanau
Missaukee
Montmorency
Ogemaw
Oscoda
Otsego
Presque Isle
Roscommon
Wexford
Allegan
Barry
Ionia
Kent
Lake
Manistee
Mason
Mecosta
Montcalm
Muskegon
Newaygo
Oceana
Osceola
Ottawa
Arenac
Bay
Clare
Clinton
Gladwin
Gratiot
Huron
Isabella
Midland
Saginaw
Sanilac
Shiawassee
Tuscola
Berrien
Branch
Calhoun
Cass
Eaton
Hillsdale
Ingham
Jackson
Kalamazoo
St. Joseph
Van Buren
Genesee
Lapeer
Lenawee
Livingston
Macomb
Monroe
Oakland
St. Clair
Washtenaw
Wayne

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