91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Detroit is losing population faster than all but six large cities

Lester Graham
Michigan Radio

Newresearch  shows Detroit is the seventh-fastest shrinking big city in the U.S.

Using Census data, the insurance company AdvisorSmith Solutions put out a report on growing cities and shrinking cities. It used the population in 2014 and compared it to 2019.

During that period, Detroit lost 12,600 people, a drop of 0.4%

You might recall that Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said many times that’s a measure of his administration’s success.

“And we focus on what we can do to reverse the population decline in the city. It governs every single decision we make. We do not have a future if we don't start growing,” he said at the Mackinac Policy Conference in 2014.

Detroit, like most big cities, is currently in the middle of an effort to make sure its citizens respond to this year's census in hopes of higher population numbers.

Other Midwestern cities fared worse in the report's rankings. Toledo, Cleveland, and St. Louis are all shrinking at a faster rate than Detroit.

Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Public from 1998-2010.
Related Content