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The City of West Branch had a population of 2,147 as of July 1, 2021.

The primary coordinate point for West Branch is located at latitude 44.2764 and longitude -84.2386 in Ogemaw County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Branch encompass a land area of 1.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Ogemaw County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 955 feet.

The City of West Branch 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.

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West Branch, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 2,147 (100%)
Population in Households 2,014 (93.8%)
Population in Families 1,368 (63.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 133 ( 6.2%)
Population Density 1,402
Diversity Index2 16


Median Household Income $30,661
Average Household Income $47,237
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $21,521
Wealth Index5 37


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,165 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 477 (40.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 554 (47.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 134 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $96,484
Average Home Value $132,211
Housing Affordability Index3 182


Total Households 1,031
Average Household Size 1.95
Family Households 521
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.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.03% -0.17%
Households 0.22% -0.06%
Families 0.57% -0.27%
Median Household Income   1.31%
Per Capita Income   2.17%
Owner Occupied HU   0.29%

West Branch, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Branch to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 289 58th
Population Density # 231 67th
Median Household Income # 680 2nd
Housing Affordability Index # 255 37th
Per Capita Income # 598 14th
Diversity Index # 388 44th

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