New Paper: Recent Population Changes in the U.P. Amidst the Pandemic


A new research paper by NMU professor and Rural Insights contributor Michael Broadway and NMU student and research assistant Joslin Brown looks at the population changes in the Upper Peninsula amidst the Covid pandemic.

The paper uses recently-available data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on births and deaths and migration data from the IRS to give a picture of in-migration, out-migration, and population changes.

“The U.P.’s population is a constant state of flux. A falling birth rate means that counties are increasingly dependent upon in-migrants to maintain their population base and local economy. At the same time, deaths from Covid 19 are contributing to the region’s overall population decline.”

You can read the full paper on Rural Insights here:

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Michael Broadway

Michael Broadway is Professor of Geography and the former Dean of Arts & Sciences at Northern Michigan University. His research expertise focuses on the meatpacking industry’s community impacts. In 2006 he was a visiting Fulbright Research Chair in the Department of Rural Economy at the University of Alberta. He is a co-author with Donald Stull of Slaughterhouse Blues: The Meat and Poultry Industry in North America. (2nd edition 2011: Cengage). More recently he has published on a variety of food and drink related topics including food tourism, slow food and coffeehouses.

Joslin Brown

Joslin Brown was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They are a student at Northern Michigan University, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability with a minor in Biology.

1 Comment

  1. Joel lantz on March 31, 2022 at 6:49 am

    Great paper…thoughtful!

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