Detroit Leads the Way In State's Population Decline

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Census data says Detroit's population suffered another big decline over the past decade.

Statistics from the 2010 census put the once-mighty Motor City's population at 713,777. That's a 25 percent drop from 951,270 in 2000.

Detroit's population peaked at 1.8 million in 1950, when it ranked fifth nationally. But an exodus of many residents to the suburbs and the auto industry's steady decline have taken their toll.

State demographer Ken Darga says Detroit's population is "considerably lower" than expected from the Census Bureau's estimate last year.

The census also shows Michigan's Asian population grew faster than that of any other racial group since 2000. Even though the state as a whole lost population, the Asian/Pacific Island numbers grew 34.5 percent.

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