Empire, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Empire, Michigan - Basic Facts

The Village of Empire had a population of 409 as of July 1, 2016. Empire ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Empire is located at latitude 44.8122 and longitude -86.0592 in Leelanau County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Empire (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.15 sq. miles and a water area of 0.09 sq. miles. Leelanau County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 610 feet.

The Village of Empire (GNIS ID: 2398832) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of Empire is located within Township of Empire, a minor civil division (MCD) of Leelanau County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Empire population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Empire, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 409
Population in Households 407
Population in Familes 308
Population in Group Qrtrs 2
Population Density1 356
Diversity Index2 7


Total Households 230
Average Household Size 1.77
Family Households 134
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 379 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 185 (48.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 45 (11.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 149 (39.3%)
Median Home Value $287,143
Average Home Value $348,656


Median Household Income $46,853
Average Household Income $64,288
Per Capita Income $31,792
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.4% 1.24%
Households 1.39% 1.19%
Families 4.3% 1.17%
Median Household Income   3.34%
Per Capita Income   2.69%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Empire, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Empire to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 567 18th
Population Density1 # 571 18th
Diversity Index2 # 664 4th
Median Household Income # 289 58th
Per Capita Income # 105 85th

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