Skip to comments.Detroit Lost A Quarter Of Its Population In The Last 10 Years, And Is Now At 100-Year Lows
Posted on 03/23/2011 2:06:40 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Detroit lost 25% of its population - or 237,000 people - over the last decade, according to new U.S. Census data.
It's the largest percentage drop for any American city, the NYT reports, with the exception of New Orleans, which lost 29% of the pop. after Hurricane Katrina. The exodus was driven primarily by the collapse of the auto industry and the mass migration of middle-class African Americans to the suburbs.
Detroit's official population is now 713,777, the lowest it has been since 1910. That's down from a peak of 2 million in 1950, when Detroit was the nation's fifth largest city.
Even demographers who track Detroit's population were surprised by such a dramatic loss.
I never thought it would go this low, demographer Kurt Metzger told the NYT. All of us are kind of shocked, but it means we have to work that much harder.
Mayor David Bing plans to challenge the census findings, saying the city can qualify for more federal and state funding if it can get its population count to 775,000.
It remains to be seen how the staggering population loss will affect Bing's plans to revitalize the Motor City by shrinking city finances and infrastructure in line with Detroit's new size.
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Enjoy your Liberal Paradise,also taxes should be increased there in line with the Extra Police and fire needed because some people can’t act civilized.
One wonders "at what?" Do they propose to physically drag people into Detroit and nail them there?
They mention the mass migration of middle-class African Americans from Detroit.
While some might think that the decline of Detroit and other cities is because of “white flight” and racism, etc., we see that middle class blacks are moving away too. And that suggests it’s not really a racial matter at all. Anyone who wants to avoid the gangs and drugs and decay and God knows what continue to move out of places which encourage gangs, drugs and God knows what else.
Detroit is a sinking ship. Let it go.
It’s those bastard “richies” with their fancy El Camino’s leaving town.
In 2000 the population was 33,892.
There would be more people there now if it was not for the unions.
(Copper mining at the turn of the century was the HUGE employer, eventually it faded and the population went elsewhere - FYI.)
They still have the flying fist statue and the ability to beat the heck out of whitey downtown whenever they feel like it,100 on 1 of course... doesn’t that count for something?
Detroit is dying. I was there a couple of years ago and saw for myself that half the houses in the lower income (not the projects) areas were boarded up and empty. The city is offering some abandoned properties for $1 but no one is buying because they want you to invest tens of thousands of dollars to fix the place up. No thanks.
Do I really need a /sarc tag for that one above?
The muzzies from Dearborn-istan will reclaim it and turn it into a sharia law paradise/s
The last one out of Detroit please turn out the lights.
Where's it gonna go?
Coming to your city or town soon thanks to free spending DemoRATS and traitorous, off-shoring corporate execs.
“city can qualify for more federal and state funding if it can get its population count to 775,000.”
Yeah, more welfare will attract business and people. Mayor Bingle is pretty stupid.
I believe the number of Hispanics increased slightly; that says a lot about where the nation is heading, and shouldn’t be overlooked. I’ve mentioned on other threads how Hispanics are displacing blacks in the workplace, schools, and even prisons; I’ll now add Detroit to that list.
“While some might think that the decline of Detroit and other cities is because of white flight and racism, etc., we see that middle class blacks are moving away too. And that suggests its not really a racial matter at all. Anyone who wants to avoid the gangs and drugs and decay and God knows what continue to move out of places which encourage gangs, drugs and God knows what else.”
In 1965 I was working on an Orange County construction site with a young black carpenter, who resided in Santa Ana, Calif.
One weekend the “Watts Riots” took place in Los Angeles, and when we returned to work after the weekend, the fellow said:
“I was going to go up to LA to see my mother over the weekend, but those n****rs are shooting n****rs.”
“The city is offering some abandoned properties for $1 but no one is buying because they want you to invest tens of thousands of dollars to fix the place up.”
They actually just want you to start contributing property taxes into the gubmint pot; I’m sure they’ll overlook any neglect of the property as long as they’re getting quarterly payments to pay the person who collects the quarterly payments.
What a shame, the greedy Unions along with liberal politicians destroyed a once great industrial city.
“Detroit is dying. I was there a couple of years ago and saw for myself that half the houses in the lower income (not the projects) areas were boarded up and empty. The city is offering some abandoned properties for $1 but no one is buying because they want you to invest tens of thousands of dollars to fix the place up. No thanks.”
Detroit was a amazing place Huge factories good jobs,you could get anything made there ,then the leftist bastards killed it.
And my parents got made at me for losing my little brother in Walmart?
Detroit, my hometown is a reminder that civilization is delicate, that it does not always progress, that it can regress.
In Detroit, civilization is in reverse gear.
Detroit is the endpoint, the goal of democrat/labor union governance. It is where everyone, except party members of course, are equal in squalor. It is where the rats and their labor union butt boys would take the US. I ran away from Detroit forty years ago to find it forty years later, catching up with me.
it’s an amazing thing to talk to my friends and family who are still living there... sheesh... you’d think the place was Shangri-La.... and every time, we talk they say “so, when are you moving back”...not anytime soon, I tell them...not interested in 5 months of bad weather..
there is this strange Detroit pride thing there, always has been... and I find it strange because the darn place is nothing to be proud of , other than the cool lakes throughout Michigan.
“its an amazing thing to talk to my friends and family who are still living there... sheesh... youd think the place was Shangri-La.... and every time, we talk they say so, when are you moving back...not anytime soon, I tell them...not interested in 5 months of bad weather..
there is this strange Detroit pride thing there, always has been... and I find it strange because the darn place is nothing to be proud of , other than the cool lakes throughout Michigan.”
I know what you mean, some of my friends are from there and in the summer it is a neat place to visit.
Well here's another MAJOR bombshell: With Detroit's population dropping below 775,000, they can't charge utilities taxes anymore either......
For those of us that have been in metro Detroit have watched the decay steadily even before the ‘67 riots - and racist bigot Mayor Coleman Young really was the final nail in the coffin so to speak.
Of course this story is big news here and callers to talk shows call in with their ideas to *save the city* but no one seems to want to admit the truth.
A person says ‘I would never move to Detroit’ are of course called racist - but let’s put it another way: Why would any thinking person move to a place that’s %95 DEMOCRAT and essentially lose/waste your vote?
I don’t think it’s nuts to want to live in a city or state where you have a chance to be surrounded by say 40% -60% of like-minded individuals, but why put yourself in an environment where you are a 5% minority intellectually?
Besides, the City of Detroit the way it taxes through ‘permits and ‘inspections’ on anything and everything at any time makes it impossible to run a business in the first place.
Does anyone know what the red building in the photo is?
But I thought the commie from Berzerkeley, Gov. Grubby Granholm, turned Detroit into a “cool” city with stolen tax dollars. Are people saying it’s not “cool” anymore?
Any warrants out for her arrest yet?
It is amusing that you can buy houses there for $750 or even less. But the taxes are still $2000 plus.
Union workers built Detroit.
I did not know that. I suppose, such a thing will hasten their bankruptcy.
Same for Duluth, MN and Superior, Wisconsin. Duluth was expected to grow to about 300 thousand people and Superior around 250 thousand people and probably outstrip or rival MPLS/STPL as the major metro area in the Upper Midwest. It’s a good thing they didn’t though, could you imagine liberal MN with 15-20 electoral votes instead of 10?
They lost the equivalent of the population of Saint Petersburg, FLA.
No chance for a comeback for Detroit unless 100,000 FReepers move there and make it a model city for the world. That would probably take only a decade or less and the comeback would be mind-boggling.
I know what you’re thinking, but way less than 95 percent of them were murdered.
I was wondering where they went....
Not to Saint Pete. Saint Pete lost population.
Yes, that’s Sts. Peter & Paul Church and the view is looking east on East Larned.
“Yes, thats Sts. Peter & Paul Church...”
the same sort of pride that pre-revolutionary China felt as they were being colonized. In Detroit, pride is all they have left.
“the same sort of pride that pre-revolutionary China felt as they were being colonized. In Detroit, pride is all they have left.”
Detroit! infested with the worlds most worthless man:the Obama Voter,There is NO hope.
They actually just want you to start contributing property taxes into the gubmint pot; Im sure theyll overlook any neglect of the property as long as theyre getting quarterly payments to pay the person who collects the quarterly payments.
I wonder if you were to buy one of these $1 properties if the assessment would be on $1 or on the value of the property when last occupied? Or if you need to pay all of the back taxes before you can buy the property for a dollar.
I’d think the assessment certainly couldn’t be $1, but they probably don’t care about the back taxes as that might scare off a potential sucker I mean buyer. Some places use formulas to calculate assessed values that include square footage, number of bathrooms, property size, etc.; they’d probably have to use something like that (as $1 gives them nothing, while the real market value actually is $1). Here in my area the municipalities went hunting for illegal apartments; they didn’t make the homeowners remove them, they just increased their property taxes. They’re afraid that the de-population here in NJ would accelerate if they enforced residency regulations in terms of number of units.