REgional data



The population of the Detroit region is one of the largest in the nation, providing companies a diverse and robust market for recruiting.   

  • The 11-county region ranks Detroit as the 14th largest region in the nation
  • Sex:  Female (51%) & Male (49%) 
  • Race: White (71%), Black (20%), Hispanic (4.3%), Asian (4.2%) & Other (2.7%). 
  • Median household income of $58,411, a 12.6% increase in the last 5 years
  • The region’s millennial population (ages 25-34) rose by 9.7% to 567,489 residents throughout the last 5 years
  • In 2017, the Detroit MSA was home to nearly 443,000 foreign-born residents, up 10.7% over the last 5 years


    19 Fortune 1,000 firms, including 10 on the Fortune 500 list

    From Fortune 500 companies to startup technology firms, the Detroit Region is home to some of the world’s most innovative companies.

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    residents between the ages of 20-35 in the region

    engineers employed in the region, Greatest concentration of engineering talent in the United States


    The Detroit Region is home to one of the largest, most diverse, innovative, and cost-effective workforces in the United States.  

    • A civilian labor force of 2.65 million people – larger than the workforces of 28 states
    • 90% of the population 25 and older hold a high school degree or higher
    • 40% of the population holding an Associate’s degree or higher
    • More than 316,000 high-skilled, tech-savvy STEM workers currently employed in the market  
    • 70,000 people employed in the IT industry, including 25,000 software developers and programmers



      The Detroit region’s network of K-12 and higher education institutions provide companies a consistent pipeline of first-class talent necessary to drive future growth.   

      • More than 800,000 K-12 students attending 1,600 public and charter schools in the region
      • 38 colleges and universities, producing 60,000 graduates annually
      • 25,000 foreign students study at Michigan’s colleges and universities
      • Detroit regional community colleges educate nearly 125,000 students and work with local companies to develop customized workforce training programs
      • The University of Michigan ranks 6th among engineering/technology and computer science programs in the world

        foreign students study at Michigan’s colleges and universities

        colleges and universities rank in the top 10 nationally for each type of degree conferred

         More than 1,300 foreign-owned companies from 38 countries have made the Detroit region home

        The Detroit region has a long been a destination of choice for international investment.  

        projects have been committed to by foreign-held companies, since 2011

        plus jobs created and nearly $12 billion invested

        plus jobs created and nearly $12 billion invested

        Regional Data & Statistics



        Population Overview [Download PDF]

        Languages Spoken [Download PDF]

          Fortune 1000 List [Download PDF]

            Largest Employers [Download PDF]

            Labor Force [Download PDF]

            Employment by Industry [Download PDF]

            College Enrollment & Graduates [Download PDF]



            Education Attainment [Download PDF]

            Graduates by Program / Degree Types [Download PDF]

            Number of Firms by Country [Download PDF]

            Table of FDI Investment last 5+ years [Download PDF]

            Top 20 Foreign Firms by Employment [Download PDF]

            Employment by Industry [Download PDF]