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Brethren, Michigan - Basic Facts

The Brethren Census Designated Place had a population of 433 as of July 1, 2020. Brethren 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 Brethren is located at latitude 44.3044 and longitude -86.019 in Manistee County. The formal boundaries for the Brethren Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 3.12 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Manistee County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 722 feet.

The Brethren Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2583723) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Brethren Census Designated Place is located within Township of Dickson, a minor civil division (MCD) of Manistee County.


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


Total Population 433 (100%)
Population in Households 433 (100.0%)
Population in Families 338 (78.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 137
Diversity Index2 11


Median Household Income $39,381
Average Household Income $50,769
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $21,618
Wealth Index5 49


Total HU (Housing Units) 285 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 165 (57.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 18 ( 6.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 102 (35.8%)
Median Home Value $123,000
Average Home Value $141,311
Housing Affordability Index3 202


Total Households 183
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 119
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 0.53% 0.28%
Households 0.72% 0.33%
Families 1.52% 0.17%
Median Household Income   1.66%
Per Capita Income   2.21%
Owner Occupied HU   0.36%


Brethren, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Brethren 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 # 560 19th
Population Density # 648 7th
Median Household Income # 601 13th
Housing Affordability Index # 275 40th
Per Capita Income # 570 18th
Diversity Index # 561 20th

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