Census: Michigan population grows, Flint and Saginaw see declines
(5/24/2018) - The U.S. Census Bureau says Detroit appears to continue its decades-long population loss while most Michigan communities gain residents.
Census figures released Thursday show that Michigan grew by 0.3 percent to more than 9,960,000 residents between 2016 and 2017.
Three of the largest four cities in Mid-Michigan continued their long-term trends of population decline. Only Midland saw a population increase while Flint, Saginaw and Bay City all saw slight decreases.
-- Flint's population estimate fell to 96,448 in 2017, down about 550 from 2016 and about 5,500 since 2010.
-- Saginaw's population estimate fell to 48,677 in 2017, down about 150 from 2016 and about 2,700 since 2010.
-- Midland's population estimate increased to 41,950 in 2017, up about 40 from 2017 and about 75 since 2010.
-- Bay City's population estimate fell to 33,188 in 2017, down about 180 from 2016 and 1,750 since 2010.
Mid-Michigan's largest four counties also continued long-term trends of population decline.
-- Genesee County lost another 1,300 residents from 2016 to 2017, reaching a population estimate of 407,385.
-- Saginaw County lost another 250 residents from 2016 to 2017, reaching a population estimate of 191,934.
-- Bay County lost another 250 residents from 2016 to 2017, reaching a population estimate of 104,239.
-- Midland County lost another 20 residents from 2016 to 2017, reaching a population estimate of 88,411.
Elsewhere in Michigan, Detroit saw a drop of nearly 2,380 residents over the same time period. The city's population has declined 6 percent since 2010.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the city needs to incentivize families to stay in the area. He says one- and two-person households are moving in as families with children move out.
Detroit's continued slide comes as Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor see population gains.
State demographer Eric Guthrie says the estimates are promising because more areas show small positive increases than in the past.
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