Hadn't updated this in awhile. The July 1, 2011 population estimates were released, yesterday, and with some pretty good news. Most of Michigan's major cities either declined far less since the Census than is usual, and many that had been falling for years have actually posted growths.
Michigan City Pop. 2010 (estimate base) / 2011
Detroit: 713,777 / 706,585 (-7,192 / -1.0%)
Flint: 102,434 / 101,558 (-876 / -0.8%)
Warren: 134,056 / 134,243 (+187 / +0.14%)
Sterling Heights: 129,699 / 129,880 (+181 / +0.14%)
Lansing: 114,297 / 114,605 (+308 / +0.27%)
Ann Arbor: 113,934 / 114,925 (+991 / +0.86%)
Grand Rapids: 188,041 / 189,815 (+1,774 / +0.93)
A few notes:
- At least one year out from the Census, Detroit's decline has slowed down significantly. While it still is estimated to have lost more as a percentage of its population of than any other major city -- and of the 715 cities over 50,000, Michigan cities completely fill the bottom 7 entries in growth -- the percent loss has is way below the average annual loss of 2.5% in the previous decade. Of Michigan cities over 100,000, only Detroit and Flint are estimated to have posted losses.
- Ann Arbor is finally predicted to have passed Lansing, but both showed growth after both having shown a lost population over the last decade. Even more, Lansing has shown it's first estimate growth in years. The last time the city was estimated to have grown was sometime in the mid/late-90's, and the 2000 Census actually showed that not to have been the case, anyway.
- Some surprises in cities below 100,000 included Livonia, Westland, Taylor, Dearborn Heights, and Dearborn all posting larger percentage losses of their population than Detroit, though not by much. Dearborn, strangely, is estimated to have lost a bigger percentage of its population than any city in the nation over the time period. Saginaw and Battle Creek are the only other Michigan cities over 50,000 to post any losses, each declining approximately half a percentage point.
- Of the cities over 50,000 to have grown, some surprises include Pontiac posting a gain (+0.62%), Southfield (+0.64%), Kalamazoo (+0.65%), and Royal Oak (+0.65%), all cities that posted population losses at the 2010 Census.
I'll try to do some work on the townships.
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Last edited by LMich; Jul 4, 2012 at 7:43 AM.