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Southeast Michigan
Lower Peninsula of Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
Financial District in downtown Detroit.

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.


It is bordered in the north-east by Lake St. Clair, to the south-east Lake Erie, and the Detroit River which connects these two lakes.

Principal Cities

Other important cities in within the core counties of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne:

Outlying Cities

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.

Metropolitan Area

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

Southfield Town Center2
Southfield Town Center.

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.

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