Seasonal Population Analysis of Northwest Michigan


A report detailing the seasonal population fluctuations in the northwestern counties of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula was released October 2014 by Land Policy Institute. The Northwest Michigan Seasonal Population Analysis synthesizes data from a variety of sources to obtain a detailed monthly breakdown of the 2012 population for the counties of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford. This report was prepared by LPI for Networks Northwest, formerly known as the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.

This study updates a 1996 report by APB Associates, Inc., and the Planning & Zoning Center, Inc. (now the Planning & Zoning Center at MSU), which used similar data sources to estimate monthly population structures in the same 10 counties nearly 20 years ago. This new research offers an updated profile of population fluctuation in Northwest Michigan, which can help local businesses and policy makers to plan for changes in resource utilization and consumer demand throughout the year.