While Michigan has 83 counties and hundreds upon hundreds of communities, when it comes to economics, the only number that really matters is 14.
That figure represents the “metropolitan statistical areas” defined by the federal government as cohesive economic units. Those 14 places – sometimes a single county, sometimes multiple counties – account for nearly 90 percent of all of the state’s economic product.
In other words, that’s where the jobs are.
So, how did the 14 MSAs do in 2011? (Editor's note: There are no Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the Upper Peninsula, which is why this map does not include the U.P. counties.)