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Michigan is a great place to live, and some of the state’s counties are growing fast. Now, there’s a new study determining the fastest-growing counties in the state. I’d be happy to see Michigan grow, but I know our cold winters scare away some potential residents, and for good reason. If there is one thing I would change about Michigan, it would be those frigid winters.

According to Stacker, from 2019 to 2020, the U.S. population grew by .35%. That’s actually its slowest rate since 1900. Experts attribute many different things to the change, including people having fewer children, more deaths as the Baby Boomer population ages and immigration crackdown. For the counties whose populations are growing, it’s often due to job opportunities, high quality of life, easy commutability to job centers and low rents, according to Stacker.

Stacker put together a list of the fastest-growing counties in Michigan with data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The time period is from 2010 to 2020. Read on to see if your county is on the list via Stacker. Mine is actually on here!

  • #35. Iron County

    – 2010 to 2020 population change: -426

  • #34. Oceana County

    – 2010 to 2020 population change: -370

  • #33. Clare County

    – 2010 to 2020 population change: -306

  • #32. Charlevoix County

    – 2010 to 2020 population change: -174

  • #31. Midland County

    – 2010 to 2020 population change: -132

  • #30. Keweenaw County

    – 2010 to 2020 population change: -76

  • #29. Manistee County

    – 2010 to 2020 population change: 81

  • #28. Missaukee County

    – 2010 to 2020 population change: 90

  • #27. Benzie County

    – 2010 to 2020 population change: 265

  • #26. Mason County

    – 2010 to 2020 population change: 337

  • #25. Lake County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.1%

  • #24. Kalkaska County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.1%

  • #23. Leelanau County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.5%

  • #22. Otsego County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.6%

  • #21. Newaygo County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.1%

  • #20. Wexford County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.1%

  • #19. Houghton County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.2%

  • #18. Eaton County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.1%

  • #17. Emmet County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.0%

  • #16. Monroe County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.3%

  • #15. Ionia County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.3%

  • #14. Muskegon County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.5%

  • #13. Barry County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.8%

  • #12. Montcalm County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.8%

  • #11. Ingham County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.3%

  • #10. Clinton County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +6.6%

  • #9. Allegan County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +8.2%

  • #8. Grand Traverse County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +10.7%

  • #7. Livingston County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +6.9%

  • #6. Kalamazoo County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +5.8%

  • #5. Washtenaw County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +8.2%

  • #4. Ottawa County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +13.3%

  • #3. Macomb County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +5.2%

  • #2. Kent County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +9.8%

  • #1. Oakland County

    – 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +6.1%