Mayor Mike Duggan has pledged to reverse the tide of Detroit’s population decline as a way to help the city stabilize and grow. New data released by the U.S. Census show how strong the current is that he’s fighting. Between 2012 and 2013, the agency reports, the city lost about 10,000 people, dropping its population to 688,701, according to the new estimates.
The trend, if it continues, could prove problematic as the current 11-bill package of legislation in Lansing to provide funding and oversight to the city cites a 600,000 population figure as a provision of the legislation. For example, HB 5566, creates a financial oversight commission for any city with a population of more than 600,000 and a Plan of Adjustment approved by a bankruptcy court. If the city dropped below that threshold, the legislation would need to be re-written and adopted.
Both of Detroit’s daily newspapers have well-reported stories about the new data with easy access to looking up the population change in individual metro area communities.
Here is The Detroit News story, with the information about individual suburbs at the bottom of the page.