Introduction

Romulus, MI has a population of 23.5k people which makes it the 12th largest of the 32 cities in Wayne County, with an average life expectancy of 72.7 years (average of all census tracts in Romulus). The most common age group for men is 5 to 9 years and for women it is under 5 years. Between 2013 and 2017 the population of Romulus, MI decreased from 23.8k to 23.5k, a decline of 1.22%.

47.3% of the population in Romulus, MI is white (non-Hispanic), followed by 42.9% black or African American (non-Hispanic).

In Romulus, the median household income is $46.7k, which ranks it as the 21st highest of all cities in Wayne County.

Social and economic factors, such as income, education, and access to health care, impact health outcomes for all Americans. For example, in many low income areas in the country, there are higher rates of chronic diseases, like high blood pressure and diabetes. The summary to the right highlights some of the social and health conditions for Romulus, MI.

Health Insurance Coverage 2015
86.8% of the population in Romulus had coverage
Population by Race and Ethnicity
Distress Score

Zip Codes in Romulus

Poor Physical Health

Zip Regions in Wayne County

Life Expectancy

Census Tracts in Romulus

Poor Mental Health

Zip Regions in Wayne County

Health Conditions

Conditions and Chronic Diseases

Data is only available at the census tract level for a subset of cities in Wayne County (Detroit, Dearborn, Livonia, and Westland).

Location with highest prevalence 2015

Census Tract 5218, Detroit

43.3% of the population in this tract

In 2015, 43.3% of the population of Census Tract 5218, Detroit reported a diagnosis of arthritis, the highest prevalence out of all tracts in Detroit, Livonia, Dearborn and Westland.

The map here shows the percentage of adults who have ever been diagnosed with arthritis within each census tract in Detroit, Livonia, Dearborn and Westland.

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Obesity and Diabetes

Data is only available at the census tract level for a subset of cities in Wayne County (Detroit, Dearborn, Livonia, and Westland).

Location with highest prevalence 2015

Census Tract 5225, Detroit

26.6% of the population of this census tract

Data is only available for Wayne County.

diabetes prevalance by gender 2015

  • Female: 10% of the population in Wayne County
  • Male: 12% of the population in Wayne County

In 2015, 26.6% of the population of Census Tract 5225 in Detroit had diabetes. This is the highest prevalence out of all tracts in Detroit, Livonia, Dearborn and Westland.

In 2013, 12% of the male and 10% of the female population in Wayne County had diabetes, compared to 10.2% of the male and 8.33% of the female population in Michigan.

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Cancer Prevalence by Demographic

Data only available for the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI metro area.

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In 2014, the overall prevalence of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metro Area was 412 for men and 366 for women, per 100,000 people.

In 2014, the race/ethnicity group in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metro Area with the highest overall cancer rate was Non-Hispanic African American (488 per 100,000 people).

The following charts shows the occurrence rate per 100,000 people in Detroit-Warren-Dearborn Metro Area by gender and race/ethnicity for all invasive cancer sites combined.

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Occurrence by Cancer Site

Data only available for the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI metro area.

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In 2014, the prevalence of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area was 389 per 100,000 people. This represents a 6.19% decline from the previous year (414 per 100,000 people).

The following chart shows the occurrence rate per 100,000 people (and the associated upper and lower 95% confidence intervals) in Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area for all invasive cancer sites combined.

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Health Behaviors

Preventive Care

Data is only available at the census tract level for a subset of cities in Wayne County (Detroit, Dearborn, Livonia, and Westland).

Location with lowest share 2015

Census Tract 5261, Detroit

63.7% of the population of this census tract

In 2015, 63.7% of the adult population of Census Tract 5261, Detroit had an annual checkup. This rate is the lowest of all census tracts in Detroit, Livonia, Dearborn and Westland.

The map here shows the rate of annual checkups for census tracts in Detroit, Livonia, Dearborn and Westland.

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Risky Behaviors

Data is only available at the census tract level for a subset of cities in Wayne County (Detroit, Dearborn, Livonia, and Westland).

Tract with highest prevalence 2015

Census Tract 5107, Detroit

44.1% of the population of this census tract

In 2015, Census Tract 5107, Detroit had the highest prevalence of current smoking out of census tracts in Detroit, Livonia, Dearborn and Westland (44.1% of the population).

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Physical Inactivity

Data is only available at the census tract level for a subset of cities in Wayne County (Detroit, Dearborn, Livonia, and Westland).

Location with highest prevalence 2015

Census Tract 5255, Detroit

45.1% of the population of this census tract

Data is only available for Wayne County

Prevalence by gender 2013

  • Female: 28% of the population in Wayne County
  • Male: 22% of the population in Wayne County

In 2015, 45.1% of the population of Census Tract 5255, Detroit were physically inactive, the highest out of all census tracts in Detroit, Livonia, Dearborn and Westland.

In 2013, 22% of the male population and 28% of the female population in Wayne County were physically inactive, as compared to 21.5% and 23.3% in Michigan overall.

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Access to Care

Health Center Demographics

Data is only available for Wayne County

Most common race utilizing health centers in Wayne County 2014
White 53.7% of the health center visiting population in Wayne County

In 2014, 53.7% of the health center visiting population in Wayne County were white, followed by black (39.3%) and then Hispanic (5.86%).

The following chart shows the health center visitors breakdown across all reported racial groups in Wayne County.

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Health Insurance Coverage

Most covered census tract in Romulus 2015
Census Tract 5863, Romulus 95.6% of the population in this census tract

In 2015, 86.8% of the population in Romulus had health coverage, compared to 87.7% in Wayne County, 90.4% in Michigan and 87% in the United States.

most covered age groups by gender 2015

  • Female: 75+ years 67.8% of the population in Romulus within this age group
  • Male: 6 - 17 years 49.4% of the population in Romulus within this age group

The age groups for men and women most likely to have health care coverage in Romulus were 6 - 17 years for men and 75+ years for women.

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Food Access

Food Insecurity

Data is only available for Wayne County

Child Insecurity 2016
20.2% of the children under 18 in Wayne County
Adult Insecurity 2016
20.9% of the adults in Wayne County

In 2016, 20.2% of the children under 18 and 20.9% of the adults in Wayne County had food insecurity.

Food security means access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. More information about food security can be found on the USDA’s website.

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Food Availability

Data is only available for Wayne County, and is collected across multiple years: 2016 for Farmers' markets and 2014 for all other food store types.

most common food store 2014
Fast-Food Restaurants 1,270 in Wayne County

In 2014, the most common food store type available in Wayne County was fast-food restaurants (1,270).

The chart here shows the shares of fast-food restaurants, full-service restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores, specialized food stores, supercenters and farmers markets in Wayne County.

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Public Food Assistance

SNAP and WIC Data is only available for Wayne County

authorized stores by program

  • SNAP: 2,289 stores in Wayne County, 2016
  • WIC: 508 stores in Wayne County, 2012

The monthly average number of SNAP-authorized stores in Wayne County in 2016 was 2,289, and there were 508 WIC-authorized stores in 2012.

population with food and cash assistance 2015
25.8% of households in Romulus

In 2015, 25.8% of Romulus households were given food or cash assistance.

The chart here shows the share of the population who gets either food or cash assistance.

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Store Access by Demographic

Data is only available for Wayne County

Most at risk age group 2015
Children 3.43% of all children in Wayne County has low food store access

In 2015, between children and seniors, children were the most at risk age group for low access to food stores (3.43% of all children) in Wayne County.

Low access to healthy food is defined as being far from a supermarket, supercenter, or large grocery store.

The following map shows the rates for children with low access to food stores across all counties in Michigan.

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Economy

Employment Growth

Data is only available at the zip level

Zip Code with the largest employment growth 2017
48193 (0.64%)

In 2017, the zip code in Wayne County with the largest employment growth was 48193 (0.64%).

The following map shows the employment growth for all zip codes in Wayne County.

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Unemployment

Unemployment data is only available for Wayne County

top unemployed gender/age groups 2015

  • Male: 30 to 34 years 11.1% of the population in Romulus
  • Female: 25 to 29 years 9.99% of the population in Romulus

In 2015, the most common unemployed age group for men was 30 to 34 years (11.1%), and for women was 25 to 29 years (9.99%).

In 2017, the overall unemployment rate in Wayne County was 5.4%.

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Distress Score

Data is only available at the zip level

Zip code with highest Distress Score 2017
48214 (99.7 percentile)

In 2017, the highest distress score was observed in the zip code 48214 (99.7), 0 would be the least distressed (desired outcome), and 100 would be the most distressed (unfavorable outcome).

The following map shows the distress score for each zip code in Wayne County.

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Household Income From Public Assistance

Population With Food or Cash Assistance 2015
25.8% of households in Romulus
most common number of workers per household on public assistance 2015
1 Worker (12.8% of the population in Romulus)

In 2015, 25.8% of households in Romulus got food or cash assistance. The most common number of workers per household on public assistance was 1 worker (12.8% of the population in Romulus).

The following chart shows the number of workers per household on public assistance broken down by family structure.

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Wage Distribution

Wage GINI 2017
0.4289 in Romulus, MI

In 2017, the income inequality in Romulus, MI was 0.4289, using the GINI coefficient. This was lower than the national average of 0.4822. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Detroit, MI in comparison to the national average.

The GINI index measures the extent to which the distribution of income among individuals or households within an economy deviates from a perfectly equal distribution. Values range from 0 to 1, with 0 being perfect equality (every household earns equal income), and 1 being absolute inequality (one household earns all the income).

The following chart shows the household income buckets and share for each bucket in Romulus, MI.

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Poverty

age and gender most impacted by poverty 2017

  • Female: 25 - 34 Years 8.56% of the female population in Romulus, MI
  • Male: 6 - 11 Years 8.67% of the male population in Romulus, MI
race/ethnicity most impacted by poverty 2017
Black 6.05% of the total population in Romulus, MI
immigrants impacted by poverty 2015
0.51% of the total population in Romulus

In 2017, the most common male age in poverty was 6 to 11 years (8.67% of the male population) while the most common female age was 25 to 34 years (8.56% of the female population) in Romulus, MI.

In 2017, the most common race/ethnicity in poverty was Black (6.05% of the total population in Romulus, MI).

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Education

Educational Attainment

Most common education level by gender 2015

  • Female: High School 18.3% of the population in Romulus
  • Male: High School 20.6% of the population in Romulus

In 2015, the most common education level attained in Romulus by women was high school (18.3%) and for men it was high school (20.6%).

Attainment is defined as the highest level of education, regardless of whether they are continuing or not.

The following chart shows educational attainment by gender in Romulus.

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Dropout Rate

Data is only available at the zip level

highest high school dropout rate 2017
48209 50.4% of the population in this zip code

In 2017, zip code 48209 had the highest high school dropout rate (50.4%).

The following map shows the high school dropout rate by zip code in Wayne County.

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Student Poverty

Most impoverished education level 2015
Grade 5 - 8 35% of the population enrolled in this grade in Romulus
percentage of enrolled population in poverty 2015
29.9% of the population in Romulus

In 2015, the most common education level of students in Romulus living in poverty were enrolled in grade 5 - 8 (35% of the population enrolled in this grade) and 29.9% of the total enrolled population in Romulus is living in poverty.

The following chart shows each level of school and the share of students in poverty that were enrolled.

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Reading Assessment

The following chart shows the average reading assessment scores in Detroit compared to Michigan and the United States.

4th grade average scores 2017

  • Detroit: 182
  • Michigan: 218
  • United States: 221

8th grade average scores 2017

  • Detroit: 235
  • Michigan: 265
  • United States: 265

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Built/Social Environment

Homeownership

Median property value 2017
$77,900 in Romulus, MI
Lowest median property value within tracts in Romulus 2017
$35,400 Census Tract 5855, Romulus
Median construction year AS OF 2015
1973

In 2017, the median property value in Romulus, MI, was $77,900. 90.9% of the households in Romulus were occupied as of 2015.

The following map shows the median property value for the census tracts in Romulus.

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Rentals

Median Rent 2015
$669/month
Units with utilities included in rent 2015
3.98%

In 2015, the median price for a rental unit in Romulus was $669/month. This is a 2.76% increase from the previous year ($651/month).

3.98% of the rental properties in Romulus include utilities with the price of rent. The most common household income bracket of renters in Romulus, MI is $10k - $20k.

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Transportation

Most common commute time 2017
20-24 Minutes (21%)
Most common means of transportation 2017
Drove Alone (84%)
Most common number of vehicles per household 2017
2 (45.1%)

As of 2017, most of the workforce living in Romulus, MI had a 20-24 minute commute (21%). The majority of commuters drove alone to work (84%).

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Violent and Property Crimes

Most common Property Crime 2016
Larceny-Theft 48.7%
Most common Violent Crime 2016
Aggravated Assault 13.1%

In 2016, the most common property crime was larceny-theft (48.7%), and the most common violent crime in Romulus was aggravated assault (13.1%).

The following chart shows the distribution for the different types of property and violent crimes in Romulus.

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Natural Environment

Air Quality

Data is only available for Wayne County

Most common air quality days 2017
Moderate 187 of 365 days in Wayne County

In 2017, 187 of 365 days had moderate quality air in Wayne County.

The glossary below explains air quality with respect to air quality index (AQI).

The chart here shows the number of days of each air quality level in Wayne County by year.

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Special Populations

Immigrants

Immigrant population 2015
4.74% of the population in Romulus
census tract with the most immigrants in Romulus 2015
Census Tract 5862, Romulus 8.09% of the immigrant population in this census tract

In 2015, 4.74% of the population in Romulus were immigrants, compared to 8.16% in Wayne County, 6.33% in Michigan, and 13.3% in the United States.

The census tract with the most immigrants in Romulus was Census Tract 5862, Romulus (8.09% of the immigrant population in this census tract).

The map here shows the tracts in Romulus by the percentage of their immigrant population.

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Disability Status

Largest age group with a disibility 2015
18 - 64 years (9.95% of the population in Romulus)

In 2015, the most commonly disabled age group was 18 to 64 years, making up 9.95% of all citizens in Romulus.

The chart here shows the health coverage breakdown of the disabled population by age in Romulus.

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Vision and Auditory Disabilities

Most common age groups with vision disability 2015

  • Female: 35 - 64 years 0.65% of the population in Romulus
  • Male: 35 - 64 years 0.83% of the population in Romulus
Location with the most prevalent Vision disability in Romulus 2015
Census Tract 5862, Romulus 0.71% of the population in this census tract

In 2015, the age groups most likely to have a vision disability in Romulus were 35 - 64 years for women and 35 - 64 years for men.

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Homeless

Data is only available for Wayne County

Homeless rate 2017
0.13%
Most common Sheltered demographic 2017
Homeless Veterans 42.5% of sheltered population
Most common Unsheltered demographic 2017
Chronically Homeless 82.7% of unsheltered population

In 2017, 0.13% of the population in Wayne County was homeless. The most common sheltered demographic was homeless veterans (42.5%) and the most common unsheltered demographic was chronically homeless (82.7%).

The following charts show the different categories and types of sheltered and unsheltered homeless population in Wayne County.

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Veterans

Unemployed 2015
11.1%
Impoverished 2015
17.7%
Disabled 2015
16.2%
Most common period of service 2017
Vietnam (31.2%)

In 2015, 11.1% of the veteran population in Romulus were unemployed, while 17.7% were impoverished and 16.2% were disabled.

In 2017, the most common period of service for veterans in Romulus, MI was Vietnam (31.2%).

The chart here shows the percentages of veterans that served in the most common periods of service.

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Incarceration

Data is only available for Wayne County

Most common crime 2016
Non-Assaultive Offenses (51%)
Most common punishment 2016
Probation (56.7%)

In 2016, the most common crime in Wayne County was non-assaultive offenses (51%), and the most common punishment was probation (56.7%).

This chart shows the percentages of punishments broken down by offense type for all convicted crimes in Wayne County.

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