In an effort to gain a deeper understanding of the priorities and aspirations of Michigan’s younger generation, the Detroit Regional Chamber and Business Leaders for Michigan have unveiled the results of a recent survey focused on residents aged 18 to 29. This comprehensive poll, conducted by The Glengariff Group, Inc., provides valuable insights into the factors influencing young Michiganders’ decisions about their future in the state.

With Michigan grappling with population stagnation and businesses struggling to fill job vacancies, the survey sheds light on the perspectives of those who are poised to shape the state’s social and economic landscape.

The survey reveals that only 64% of respondents within this age group envision themselves residing in Michigan a decade from now, with college-educated individuals showing a stronger inclination to consider relocating. Among the key findings, it is apparent that the state’s infrastructure needs improvement, a sentiment shared by the majority of those surveyed. Furthermore, the availability of affordable housing emerges as a top concern when deciding whether to build a life in Michigan or seek opportunities elsewhere.

Continuing the conversation on the Future of Work and what it will take to grow Michigan’s population, One Detroit contributor and Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley caught up with Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah to talk about the survey’s findings.

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