Southeast Michigan, also called Southeastern Michigan, is a region in the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan that is home to a majority of the state's businesses and industries as well as slightly over half of the state's population, most of whom are concentrated in Metro Detroit.
Metro Detroit lies within Southeast Michigan.
- Detroit, the state's largest city (and the nation's eighteenth largest) and the county seat of Wayne County.
- Mount Clemens, the county seat of Macomb County.
- Pontiac, the county seat of Oakland County.
Other important cities within the core counties of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne:
- Romulus, home to Detroit Metro Airport
- Royal Oak
- Sterling Heights, the fourth largest city (by population) in Michigan.
- Warren, third largest city (by population) in Michigan, location of General Motors Technical Center, the United States Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the National Automotive Center (NAC).
- West Bloomfield Township
Some cities are considered within Southeast Michigan, while also being a part of another region or metropolitan area. The following cities tend to identify themselves separately from Southeast Michigan and are isolated from the core counties of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne.
- Ann Arbor, county seat of Washtenaw County and home of the University of Michigan's main campus.
- Adrian, county seat of Lenawee County and home of Adrian College, Siena Heights University.
- Hillsdale, county seat of Hillsdale County located between the southeast and southwest corners of the state.
- Howell, county seat of Livingston County located between Metro Detroit and the Greater Lansing areas.
- Jackson, county seat of Jackson County also considered to be a part of Greater Lansing.
- Port Huron, county seat of St. Clair County, also considered to be part of the Thumb.
- Monroe, county seat of Monroe County.
- Saline, a community in Washtenaw County.
- Ypsilanti, a community in Washtenaw County, and home to Eastern Michigan University's main campus.
See Also: Metro Detroit
With 4,488,335 people in 2010, Metro Detroit was the tenth largest metropolitan area in the United States, while Ann Arbor's metropolitan area ranked 141st with 341,847. Metropolitan areas of Southeast Michigan, and parts of the Thumb and Flint/Tri-Cities, are grouped together by the U.S. Census Bureau with Detroit-Warren-Livonia MSA in a wider nine-county region designated the Detroit–Ann Arbor–Flint Combined Statistical Area (CSA) with a population of 5,428,000.
Combined Statistical Area
- Genesee County
- Lapeer County
- Livingston County*
- Macomb County*
- Monroe County*
- Oakland County*
- Saint Clair County*
- Washtenaw County*
- Wayne County*
*Denotes member counties of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
- Lenawee County is part of Southeast Michigan, but was removed from Detroit's CSA in 2001.
The main economic activity is manufacturing cars. Major manufacturing cities are Warren, Sterling Heights, Dearborn (Henry Ford's childhood home) and Detroit, also called "Motor City" or "Motown". Other economic activities include banking and other service industries. Most people in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties live in urban areas. In the recent years, urban sprawl has affected the areas of Canton, Commerce, Chesterfield, and Clinton townships. The metropolitan area is also home to some of the highest ranked hospitals and medical centers, Such as the Detroit Medical Center(DMC), Henry Ford Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, and the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor.
SEMCOG Commuter Rail is a proposed regional rail link between Ann Arbor and Detroit.
Manufacturing and service industries have replaced agriculture for the most part. In rural areas of Saint Clair County, Monroe, and Livingston Counties still grow crops such as corn, sugar beets, soy beans, other types of beans, and fruits. Romeo and northern Macomb County is well known for its apple and peach orchards.
Most major Detroit radio stations, such as WJR and WWJ, can be heard in most or all of southeastern Michigan. Port Huron, Howell, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Adrian, and Monroe are also served by their own locally-originating stations. National Public Radio is broadcast locally from Ann Arbor on Michigan Radio WUOM 91.7 FM and from Detroit on WDET-FM 101.9 FM.
- Ballard, Charles L. (2006). Michigan's Economic Future: Challenges and Opportunities. Michigan State University Press. ISBN 0-87013-796-4.
- Ballard, Charles L., Paul N. Courant, and Douglas C. Drake (2003). Michigan at the Millennium. Michigan State University Press. ISBN 978-0-87013-668-9.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- Cantor, George (2005). Detroit: An Insiders Guide to Michigan. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0-472-03092-2.
- Fisher, Dale (2005). Southeast Michigan: Horizons of Growth. Grass Lake, MI: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing. ISBN 1-891143-25-5.
- Gavrilovich, Peter & Bill McGraw (2000). The Detroit Almanac. Detroit Free Press. ISBN 0-937247-34-0.
- Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
- Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography on Michigan (arranged by counties and regions)
- Info Michigan, detailed information on 630 cities
- Michigan Department of Natural Resources website, harbors, hunting, resources and more.
- Michigan's Official Economic Development and Travel Site, including interactive map, information on attractions, museums, etc.