New Census Data: West Michigan Grows, While Some Local Populations Shrink

May 23, 2019 - 2:49 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - While west Michigan continues to see solid population growth, new census numbers released today show Wayne and Oakland counties have lost some people -- around 3,000 resident each.

Detroit's population is also shrinking; down to 672,662 from 674,188; a loss of about 1,500 people. 

Be that as it may, Kurt Metzger with Data Driven Detroit says there is still reason for optimism in the city. 

"I think we're starting to see a lot of interest in downtown Detroit certainly, and it's starting to emanate and move out to some of the neighborhoods," he told WWJ's Rob Mason. "I mean, there still a lot of work to be done, obviously. The better Detroit does, the better Detroit's impression is as far as the way people think about Detroit." 

Fueled by the growth of Grand Rapids and its suburbs, Michigan's population went up to 19,468 from 2017 to 2018

Zeroing in on metro Detroit: Macomb County's population went up around 3,000; Oakland and Wayne lost about 3,000 people each; Sterling Heights up from 132,731 people to 132,964; and Warren went down about 600 people to 134,587.

The biggest population gains were in Macomb Township, Novi and Canton Township and Novi. Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor and Lansing also saw small increases in residents. 

Looking out across the nation, the new population estimates show the southern and western U.S. continue to have the fastest-growing cities. Among the 15 cities or towns with the largest numeric gains between 2017 and 2018, eight were in the South, six were in the West, and one was in the Midwest.

Phoenix, Arizona was at the top of the list with an increase of 25,288 people. Rounding out the top five with the largest population increases were San Antonio, Texas (20,824); Fort Worth, Texas (19,552); Seattle, Washington (15,354); and Charlotte, North Carolina (13,151).

Want more info? Available online, the Census Bureau's QuickFacts tool provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Check it out at this link. There's also an easy-to-navigate interactive map available here