Income/capita 48%
Household income 53%
Unemployment 154%
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Income per capita$15,562$27,549$29,829
Median household income$26,249$50,803$55,322
Median income owner occupied$38,453$62,251$70,586
Median income renter occupied$17,899$28,598$35,192
Median earnings male$21,490$35,730$36,919
Median earnings female$19,089$22,948$26,250
Unemployment rate11.9%5.2%4.7%
Poverty level39.4%16.3%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Detroit is 48% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Detroit is 53% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Detroit is 154% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Detroit is 161% higher than the national average

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      Detroit employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry7.0%0.5%
      Manufacturing sector20.6%0.5%
      Financial & insurance services1.9%4.3%
      Wholesale & retail services12.1%11.9%
      Public administration3.4%4.7%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities7.9%4.1%
      Education, health & social services12.0%35.1%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, MI2,933$151,440173.7%
      Franklin, MI3,262$150,250171.6%
      Huntington Woods, MI6,330$121,528119.7%
      Grosse Pointe Farms, MI9,265$119,500116.0%
      Bingham Farms, MI1,112$113,333104.9%
      Detroit, MI683,443$26,24952.6%

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      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      El Paso, TX678,058$43,32221.7%
      Vancouver, BC694,440n/a 
      Seattle, WA668,849$74,45834.6%
      Denver, CO663,303$56,2581.7%
      Washington, DC659,009$72,93531.8%
      Detroit, MI683,443$26,24952.6%
      Source: The Detroit, MI employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).