Detroit population Continues To Drop
According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Detroit’s population continues to decline, knocking it off the list of the nation’s 20 most populous cities.
Figures released Thursday say Detroit’s population was 677,116 last summer, down 3,107 from the previous year and putting in 21st on the list. The Detroit News reports the Census Bureau says the last time Detroit wasn’t in the Top 20 was 1850, when it was 30th, reports FOX 2 Detroit.
Mayor Mike Duggan tells the Detroit Free Press positive trends have continued but aren’t yet included in Census estimates. He says he’s “very confident that the city of Detroit is growing now” and says that Detroit is “at a historic tipping point.”
“There’s no way Detroit is going to jump back into the top 20,” said demographer Kurt Metzger, founder of Data Driven Detroit, a nonprofit analytical firm. “They’d have to pass El Paso, Denver and Seattle. That’s not going to happen. Those are all growth cities.”
Detroit had 1.8 million residents in 1950. The newest decline, however, is smaller than declines in other recent years.
Duggan said property values in Detroit are rising as well, fueled by growing demand.
“We’ve seen that across the city in the last 12-18 months,” Duggan said. “We’re now to the point where more people want to move in. If you’ve opened a business in town, it means you have more customers in the neighborhoods.”
Duggan added he isn’t worried by the ranking drop.
“I don’t think people in Detroit begrudge Sunbelt growth,” Duggan said. “They really want to know that people are staying in the neighborhoods and starting to fill in these vacant homes.”