Empire, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Empire, Michigan - Basic Facts

The Village of Empire had a population of 399 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Empire, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 399
Daytime Population: Workers 189
Daytime Population: Residents 175
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 364
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.91
Population in Households 397
Population in Familes 300
Population in Group Qrtrs 2
Population Density2 347
Diversity Index3 7


Median Household Income $49,585
Average Household Income $69,855
Per Capita Income $34,785


Total Housing Units 372 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 180 (48.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 45 (12.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 148 (39.8%)
Median Home Value $282,407
Average Home Value $358,380


Total Households 224
Average Household Size 1.77
Family Households 131
Average Family Size 2
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.86% 0.84%
Households 0.83% 0.88%
Families 3.37% 0.75%
Median Household Income   1.44%
Per Capita Income   2.48%

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, 2017 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 # 570 18th
Population Density # 572 17th
Diversity Index # 664 4th
Median Household Income # 285 59th
Per Capita Income # 90 87th

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