The latest release of Census data from the American Community Survey (ACS) gave me the idea to update the information used in a fascinating study on Super Zips. The Washington Post had utilized data from the 2007-2011 ACS to classify all ZIP Codes across the country (only those with at least 500 adults), based on percentage of college graduates and median household income. Those ZIP Codes that ranked in the Top 5 percent were called Super Zips. My analysis found that Michigan had 11 ZIP Codes on that list – 9 of which were in Oakland County.
The Census Bureau released the 2008-2012 American Community Survey on December 17, 2013. I decided that a national analysis was a little to much to take on at the moment, so I decided to look at just the ZIP Codes in Michigan. Utilizing the previous study’s criterion of requiring at least 500 resident adults, I was left with a total of 789 ZIPs for the analysis. The table below shows the Top 20 based on their combined ranks.
The domination of Oakland County (accounting for 17 of the 20) is once again apparent, but the expansion to 20 (from the 11 in the national study) adds two Grosse Pointe ZIPs and expands the presence of West Bloomfield and Troy. Once again, the only non-Southeast Michigan ZIP in the list is Ada in Kent County – corporate home of Amway/Alticor.
|ZIP Code||Community||Percent College Graduates||Rank||2012 Median Household income||Rank||Overall Rank|
|48323||West Bloomfield/Orchard Lake||57.8%||24||$105,359||11||14|
|48324||West Bloomfield/Orchard Lake||57.0%||26||$95,347||19||16|
The highest ranked ZIP Code in the City of Detroit was 48221 which came in at 440th. Unfortunately, Detroit is highly represented in the ten lowest ranked ZIP Codes in the State, accounting for six exclusively in the city and one shared with Hamtramck. The three remaining Zips were in Pontiac, Flint and surrounding the town of Prescott in Ogemaw County in the northern Lower Peninsula. A full ranking list may be requested.
|ZIP Code||Community||Percent College Graduates||2012 Median Household income||Overall Rank|
To read the original study in the Washington Post, please click on the following link. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/local/2013/11/09/washington-a-world-apart/)