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Detroit Residents More Obese Than the Average American

The obesity epidemic is one the most serious health problems in America today. The incidence of obesity has more than tripled since 1980 among children aged 2 to 19 years and has increased substantially among the rest of the population. Today, 27.0% of adults are obese. In the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro area, 30.8% of adults are […]

Michigan is Less Healthy Than Most States

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Detroit Among the Cities With the Most Violent Crime

There were an estimated 1.2 million murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults in the United States in 2015. The violent crime rate of 373 incidents per 100,000 Americans rose 3.1% from 2014. In the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro area, there were 498 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, higher than the violent crime rate statewide of 416 incidents […]

Life Expectancy in Detroit Below Nation

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI metro area, life expectancy is 77.3 years at birth, lower than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Michigan, life expectancy […]

Michigan Managed No Better Than Average State

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Why Owning a Home is More Common in Detroit

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro area, 68.0% of residents own their homes, higher than the national homeownership rate and the fourth lowest of any metro area in Michigan. Young Americans are […]

Poverty Rate in Detroit Above National Level

An estimated 16.1% of residents in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro area live below the poverty line, a larger share than the national poverty rate of 14.7% and roughly similar to the state’s poverty rate of 15.8%. Detroit has the sixth highest poverty rate of any Michigan metro area. A high school education can mean the difference […]

Why Students in Michigan Graduate College With More Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Detroit Commutes No Longer Than Average U.S. City

The average resident of the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro area spends 26.6 minutes commuting to work, roughly equivalent to the national average of 26.4 minutes and longer than the statewide average of 24.4 minutes. Detroit residents have the longest commute of any metro area in Michigan. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the […]

Detroit Residents More Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 18.3% of adults in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro area smoke, higher than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 21.2% statewide smoking rate. The Detroit smoking rate is the fifth highest in Michigan. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United […]

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