No End In Sight to Detroit Population Loss

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some experts say Detroit's population will decline more over the next decade before possibly climbing back up.

Another 100,000 to 200,000 people could leave the financially troubled city, which lost a quarter of its population between 2000 and 2010.

The latest census says Detroit has about 713,777 residents -- down from 951,000 a decade ago. It was a city of 1.8 million in 1950.

Michigan-based financial consultant James McTevia says poor public schools, a collapsing infrastructure and high unemployment may prompt another 200,000 residents to flee.

Demographer Kurt Metzger sees it bottoming out at about 650,000, but growing to 850,000 to 900,000 in a decade or more if revival efforts are successful.

Mayor Dave Bing says a smaller Detroit still can be vibrant and meet the needs of its residents.

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