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Detroit Lost 25% Of Population In 10 Yrs

From head-scratching Associated Press:

Census: Detroit’s population plummets 25 percent

Census: Detroit population falls 25 percent in past decade, losing more than 237,000 people

John Flesher, Associated Press, Tuesday March 22, 2011

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Hammered by the auto industry’s slump, Detroit saw its population plummet 25 percent over the past decade, according to census data released Tuesday that reflects the severity of an economic downturn in the only state whose population declined since 2000.

The statistics show that the Motor City’s population fell to 713,777 in 2010, compared to 951,270 in 2000. Although a significant drop was expected, state demographer Ken Darga said the number is "considerably lower" than the Census Bureau’s estimate last year.

"That’s just incredible," added Kurt Metzger, a demographer with a Data Driven Detroit, a nonprofit that collects statistics used by area planners. "It’s certainly the largest population loss percentage-wise that we’ve ever had in this city."

We would suspect that it’s the largest population loss for any city – not named Pompeii.

Mayor Dave Bing disputed the numbers, claiming his city has at least 750,000 residents, which he called an important threshold for qualifying for some state and federal financial programs. He didn’t say how so many people were missed by census workers, but he said he planned to appeal.

Yes, they must find a way to keep getting those state and federal handouts. (But we see how important it is who does the Census counting, and why ACORN has been involved in the past.)

But given that Detroit is closing half of its schools, we can’t help but suspect that Detroit’s population has gone down more than just 25%.

Detroit’s population peaked at 1.8 million in 1950, when it ranked fifth nationally. Tuesday’s numbers reflect the steady decline of the auto industry — the city’s economic lifeblood for a century — and an exodus of many residents to the suburbs

Something tells us that the decline in the auto industry and the exodus to the suburbs is not the root cause.

The statewide population fell 0.6 percent, to 9,883,640 in 2010 from 9,938,444 in 2000, although it did make gains with Hispanics and residents of Asian origin…

Michigan’s Hispanic population grew by 34.7 percent, to 436,358 or 4.4 percent of the overall population

So it’s not all bad news.

Still, it’s always nice to see the fruits of Democrat policies. After all, how can you go wrong by increasing taxes, harassing businesses, and pandering to unions?

And these are the exact same policies that have given us Detroit and every other failed city in the United States.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Detroit Lost 25% Of Population In 10 Yrs”

  1. This is why it’s so absurd that we send charity to places like Japan and elsewhere. Detroit is becoming a ghost city. Braddock, PA, is already a ghost city. Ninety-percent of the population of Braddock is gone.

    It’s called “telescopic charity”, when you only see desperate need far away. Wake up America!

    • Rusty Shackleford

      And…what happens when we give charity to Detroit? Fact is, we have and we did. In the form of government-run subsidies, quotas for affirmative-action as well as private church and “social-action” groups. In the billions of dollars. Money has flowed into places where people who take it have found it so easy to live off of, they then demand more when they want a new Cadillac and cell phone or plasma TV. Indeed, the definition of “the poor” in this nation has taken on a very odd meaning. And, largely, being poor in this nation has become voluntary by the people who take in the most money from tax dollars. Is it any wonder that these programs collapse from their own unsustainable weight?

      On the other hand, sending money to Japan is a good idea and practical because, although it’s not immune to corruption and waste, it is far less likely to be lost in bureaucracy or embezzled away. And, as a side-benefit, Japan will be grateful and say “thank you” instead of demanding more and then criticizing the very entity that gave them the money.

    • Right, Rusty, it’s not really charity that’s needed in our failing cities. What killed them was mindless unionization, over taxation, and punishing regulation. All of which created an anti-business atmosphere. They need free market incentives and de-regulation to become attractive again.

  2. oldpuppydixie

    1950 was the peak?? Gee…I wonder if the city was plagued by black and Mexican gangs, mass unemployment, welfare queens, a monstrous murder rate and wall to wall union thugs in 1950 too?

  3. proreason

    Well maybe people are fleeing Detroit in droves, but the ones remaining must sure be happy about how the country is finally sticking it to businesses, people who work hard, and white people.

    For total failure, nothing is more satisfying than bringing everybody else down to your level.

  4. canary

    AP Census entirely left out the muslim population taking over Detroit. Or does that follow under Asian? I don’t think they had middle-eastern on the census. How can we forget when Detroit has mosques where they hold target practice. Why didn’t they mention the high amount of muslim intentional marriage & divorce to have children they can get welfare. One does need to read a essay below of what destroyed Detroit, an abandoned city.

    http://justplainbill.wordpress.....ed-states/

    • Right of the People

      I heard they’re thinking about renaming it Beirut, Michigan.

      I was there recently, it looks just like Beirut only more dangerous.

    • canary

      confucious, I know they don’t go by religion, that’s why I asked the category name for Middle-Easterners, because I think they are listed as a type Asian from a certain area. Just as Indian & Native Indian is confusing. One things for sure the main focus of questions focused on Mexicans. I just remember all the census posse starting ahead a time street to street to inform Mexicans not to be afraid to sign, and how they’d get more representatives for their communities.
      Will it effect the electoral vote to show millions more people in an area.

      Though soon we may be asked our religion as some countries like Indonesia do. Imagine hiding your religion so you’ll not be murdered. What a regression.

  5. Mae

    “…not named Pompeii.” – You’re priceless, Steve. Thanks for the giggle.

    OK, so where did they go and why? Maybe so many babies were aborted, young people stabbed and/or jailed, druggies died of overdoses that Detroit was a natural for population decrease. As for the “why?” Give me one good reason why you would want to live there??

  6. wardmama4

    Detroit isn’t the only one – Cincy is ‘fighting’ the Census result as the city/county is now at the level it was when I left 38 years ago – The city managers screed – Mistake, it can’t be.

    However, they load junk program upon junk program (like a streetcar & forcing everyone to pay for the umpteenth stadium for loser teams) – and for us in the county – we pony up the taxes – but can’t vote them in or out – so everyone is fleeing to the other near by counties (which are btw, thriving) to avoid the drain of propping up a failing city.

    Much like Detroit (at least we haven’t had quite the money scandals that Detroit has had). However we do have the same failing schools and of course the problem with Unions.

    I keep praying that the first job offer – isn’t here – so that we too can flee.




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