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Detroit Lost A Quarter Of Its Population In The Last 10 Years, And Is Now At 100-Year Lows
Business Insider ^ | 03/23/2011 | Grace Wyler

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: detroit; michigan; population

1 posted on 03/23/2011 2:06:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

CLICK Here to see the 13 signs why Detroit is due for a comeback.


2 posted on 03/23/2011 2:08:24 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

3 posted on 03/23/2011 2:08:49 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


4 posted on 03/23/2011 2:09:15 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: SeekAndFind
“All of us are kind of shocked, but it means we have to work that much harder.”

One wonders "at what?" Do they propose to physically drag people into Detroit and nail them there?

5 posted on 03/23/2011 2:09:54 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Cheetahcat

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.


6 posted on 03/23/2011 2:11:52 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind

Detroit is a sinking ship. Let it go.


7 posted on 03/23/2011 2:12:43 PM PDT by MeganC (NO WAR FOR OIL! ........except when a Democrat's in charge.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s those bastard “richies” with their fancy El Camino’s leaving town.


8 posted on 03/23/2011 2:13:11 PM PDT by Noamie
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To: SeekAndFind
In 1900 the population of Butte, MT was in excess of 100,000.

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.)

9 posted on 03/23/2011 2:13:32 PM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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?


10 posted on 03/23/2011 2:13:47 PM PDT by aces
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To: Cheetahcat

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.


11 posted on 03/23/2011 2:14:41 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Noamie

Do I really need a /sarc tag for that one above?


12 posted on 03/23/2011 2:14:45 PM PDT by Noamie
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To: SeekAndFind

The muzzies from Dearborn-istan will reclaim it and turn it into a sharia law paradise/s


13 posted on 03/23/2011 2:17:33 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: SeekAndFind

The last one out of Detroit please turn out the lights.


14 posted on 03/23/2011 2:20:18 PM PDT by scramjet (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.)
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To: MeganC
Detroit is a sinking ship. Let it go.

Where's it gonna go?

15 posted on 03/23/2011 2:21:04 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: SeekAndFind

Coming to your city or town soon thanks to free spending DemoRATS and traitorous, off-shoring corporate execs.


16 posted on 03/23/2011 2:23:09 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: SeekAndFind

“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.


17 posted on 03/23/2011 2:23:22 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: Dilbert San Diego

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.


18 posted on 03/23/2011 2:28:32 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“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.”

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.”


19 posted on 03/23/2011 2:28:43 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“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.


20 posted on 03/23/2011 2:30:38 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Steely Tom

Farmland.


21 posted on 03/23/2011 2:33:11 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: SeekAndFind

What a shame, the greedy Unions along with liberal politicians destroyed a once great industrial city.

Very Sad


22 posted on 03/23/2011 2:33:29 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (DeMint/Ryan 2012!!!!!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“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.


23 posted on 03/23/2011 2:43:38 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Detroit lost 25% of its population - or 237,000 people - over the last decade, according to new U.S. Census data."

And my parents got made at me for losing my little brother in Walmart?

24 posted on 03/23/2011 2:43:38 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: SeekAndFind
Not really on topic, but the contrast is almost staggering!

Photo: Shanghai in 1990 versus 2010

25 posted on 03/23/2011 2:44:38 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Blood of Tyrants; SeekAndFind; WOBBLY BOB; Cheetahcat

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.


26 posted on 03/23/2011 2:45:34 PM PDT by Jacquerie (To witness the endpoint of democrat party/labor union government, take a holiday in Detroit.)
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To: Cheetahcat

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.


27 posted on 03/23/2011 2:49:45 PM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: Chuzzlewit

“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.”

I know what you mean, some of my friends are from there and in the summer it is a neat place to visit.


28 posted on 03/23/2011 2:56:36 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: SeekAndFind
It's OK though, since due to the increase in the C.H.U.D populace, the over-all bipedal population has remained stable.


29 posted on 03/23/2011 2:58:02 PM PDT by Dr. Sheldon Cooper (If Mohammed were alive today, he wouldnÂ’t be allowed to live within 1000 yards of a school.)
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To: SeekAndFind
the city can qualify for more federal and state funding if it can get its population count to 775,000.

Well here's another MAJOR bombshell: With Detroit's population dropping below 775,000, they can't charge utilities taxes anymore either......

30 posted on 03/23/2011 3:17:51 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Oh Magoo, you've done it again.....)
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To: Jacquerie

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.


31 posted on 03/23/2011 3:18:02 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does anyone know what the red building in the photo is?


32 posted on 03/23/2011 3:38:23 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: SeekAndFind

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?


33 posted on 03/23/2011 3:41:19 PM PDT by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization and must be outlawed)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is amusing that you can buy houses there for $750 or even less. But the taxes are still $2000 plus.


34 posted on 03/23/2011 3:48:10 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (I don't prep for the disaster. I prepare for the rebuilding.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Union workers built Detroit.


35 posted on 03/23/2011 3:50:07 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Hot Tabasco

I did not know that. I suppose, such a thing will hasten their bankruptcy.


36 posted on 03/23/2011 3:53:57 PM PDT by patton
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To: Leo Farnsworth

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?


37 posted on 03/23/2011 4:21:28 PM PDT by NorthStarStateConservative (I'm just another disabled naturalized minority vegan pro life conservative.)
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To: Average Al

They lost the equivalent of the population of Saint Petersburg, FLA.


38 posted on 03/23/2011 4:47:55 PM PDT by NorthStarStateConservative (I'm just another disabled naturalized minority vegan pro life conservative.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


39 posted on 03/23/2011 4:57:19 PM PDT by PGalt
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I know what you’re thinking, but way less than 95 percent of them were murdered.

additional topics:

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40 posted on 03/23/2011 5:02:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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"They lost the equivalent of the population of Saint Petersburg, FLA."

I was wondering where they went....

41 posted on 03/23/2011 5:40:43 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: Average Al

Not to Saint Pete. Saint Pete lost population.


42 posted on 03/23/2011 5:49:22 PM PDT by NorthStarStateConservative (I'm just another disabled naturalized minority vegan pro life conservative.)
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To: PastorBooks

Yes, that’s Sts. Peter & Paul Church and the view is looking east on East Larned.


43 posted on 03/23/2011 10:13:01 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“Yes, that’s Sts. Peter & Paul Church...”

Thank you!


44 posted on 03/24/2011 5:26:47 AM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: Cheetahcat

the same sort of pride that pre-revolutionary China felt as they were being colonized. In Detroit, pride is all they have left.


45 posted on 03/28/2011 12:08:53 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Niuhuru

“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.


46 posted on 03/28/2011 12:17:42 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: kearnyirish2
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.

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.

47 posted on 03/28/2011 12:27:49 PM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: Cowman

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.


48 posted on 03/28/2011 4:50:05 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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