Visualizing the Population of Michigan:

How much space you'd need to store every Michigander


There are times -- perhaps when you're stuck in Detroit rush hour traffic -- where it can feel like the whole population of Michigan is right in the same place as you are, all 9.9 million of them. Well, what if they were? What would that look like? If you got every Michgander in the same place, how much space would they take up?

It's a trickier question than it sounds, and we wanted to answer this ridiculous question with some degree of accuracy. So we needed to figure in size differences between men, women, and children. And then, what do we do about all those 'plus sized' Michiganders? 30.7% if the state is obese, after all.

We love challenging questions like this, so we pulled down demographic data on age, gender, and obesity in Michigan to get a more accurate answer to our ridiculous question. Then, we mapped out how much of Detroit everyone would take up, and calculated how many Empire Sate Buildings Michiganders would fill. And finally, because we're SpareFoot, we also figured out how many Michigan storage units you'd need to store every Michigander. Check out our infographic below:


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