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Bad Axe, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Bad Axe had a population of 2,961 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Bad Axe is located at latitude 43.802 and longitude -83.0008 in Huron County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bad Axe encompass a land area of 2.26 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Huron County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 758 feet.

The City of Bad Axe (GNIS ID: 1625872) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.


Bad Axe, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 2,961 (100%)
Population in Households 2,821 (95.3%)
Population in Families 2,023 (68.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 140 ( 4.7%)
Population Density 1,336
Diversity Index2 17


Median Household Income $38,178
Average Household Income $51,591
% of Income for Mortgage4 11%
Per Capita Income $23,295
Wealth Index5 40


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,548 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 789 (51.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 518 (33.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 241 (15.6%)
Median Home Value $98,607
Average Home Value $124,303
Housing Affordability Index3 191


Total Households 1,307
Average Household Size 2.16
Family Households 715
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.56% -0.69%
Households -0.39% -0.54%
Families -0.62% -0.71%
Median Household Income   1.84%
Per Capita Income   2.29%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.64%


Bad Axe, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bad Axe to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 241 65th
Population Density # 249 64th
Median Household Income # 616 11th
Housing Affordability Index # 226 33rd
Per Capita Income # 492 29th
Diversity Index # 366 48th

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