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The Makeup of Our Region

Understanding the composition of our nation, region, and communities is critical to developing effective solutions and making progress toward racial justice and economic equity. In our region, the major city of Detroit comprises more than 80% people of color.

Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah is part of a statewide coalition, Rising Income for All, calling for state leaders to make rising income for all an economic priority and recognize the United Way’s ALICE rate as the statewide measure for success in meeting that goal. According to the latest data reported, 43% of Michigan households cannot afford basic necessities. The coalition urges local and state leaders to start developing strategies to ensure the growing economy in Michigan benefits all. Learn more.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 American Community Survey One-Year Estimates, United Way Rising Income for All, Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE Measure)
Note: Hispanic or Latinx population percentages are of any race.