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Census Bureau: Detroit’s Population Continues To Fall

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - New numbers from the Census Bureau say Detroit’s population continues to fall, despite pockets of growth in areas such as downtown and Midtown.

The population estimates released Thursday show that Detroit lost about 10,000 residents from 2012 to 2013. Even with the loss, Detroit remains the nation’s 18th most populous city, with 688,701 residents.

The figure is a stark contrast to the amount of people who left Detroit between 2011 and 2012 — just 4,726 residents.

The Detroit enclave of Highland Park  is also losing residents. In fact, Census data shows the city lost more population on a percentage basis than any other community in Michigan, falling 4 percent to 10,441 —  a loss of 468 residents.

So, which metro Detroit communities are growing?

Lyon Township saw the biggest growth, by percentage, last year with the addition of 898 residents (5.77 percent). Oakland Township saw the second most growth with 523 new residents (3.05 percent), followed by Macomb Township with 1,824 new residents (2.23 percent).

When looking at the state as a whole, the population is also on the incline. Census data shows that from 2012 to 2013, Michigan’s population rose to nearly 9.9 million. That’s about a 13,000 increase from the year prior.

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