Infographic – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:41:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Detroit Continues To Lose Population According To New Census Data Thu, 25 May 2017 04:01:19 +0000 Most of the nation is gaining population but the city of Detroit continues to lag and lose people, according to new annual estimates released today from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The city lost 3,541 people from 2015 to 2016, or about a half of a percent. This is similar to the decline last year of 3,573.

City of Detroit population loss from 2010-2016

Nationally, the year over year growth rate averaged 0.7 percent. If Detroit was keeping pace with the nation, it should have had a population gain of 4,734.

Over six years, Detroit has lost 40,982 people. To give you an idea of scale, that’s almost as if the entire suburban cities of Madison Heights and Rochester together got up and moved away.

The pace of population decline has been basically the same between this year and last.

Historically, the city is more than 1.17 million below the 1950 all time high.

Detroit population from 1920-2016

Some large suburbs like Dearborn and Livonia in Wayne County sustained population losses. Sterling Heights and Clinton Township in Macomb County gained. We will update the site with the data of more large Metro Detroit cities as the day goes on.

Later this summer, the Census Bureau will release additional population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin for the nation, states and counties.

Statewide, population continues to move west, with Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids posting gains. Ann Arbor now boasts not only the title of the most valuable city by real estate in Michigan, but also more than 120,000 people; Grand Rapids at 196,445 is starting to close in on 200,000.

The state itself gained slightly in population, up to 9,928,300 in 2016 from 9,917,715 in 2015.

Nationally, ten cities have more than a million people.

The fastest gainers were in the southern part of the United States. Conroe, Texas (near Houston), was the fastest-growing large city (population of 50,000 or more) between 2015 and 2016 at 7.8 percent, making its growth rate more than 11 times the nation’s growth rate of 0.7 percent.

Some of the other fastest-growing cities were: Frisco, Texas (6.2 percent); McKinney, Texas (5.9 percent); Greenville, S.C. (5.8 percent); and Georgetown, Texas (5.5 percent).

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5 Very Real Reasons Many Detroit Residents Aren’t Feeling The City’s Comeback Mon, 08 Feb 2016 01:36:16 +0000 Detroit’s resurgence is an incredible story. Hopefully, we can make sure everyone plays a part in it.

There has been momentous progress, especially in the decade since the Superbowl came to town, but outside of signature developments and some truly impressive projects, most of the city hasn’t felt the comeback.

A recent J.P. Morgan Chase study outlined the challenges, but frankly, it’s TL;DR (too long, didn’t read) for most folks. So we dived in and brought out the highlights.

Here are five facts you should know the next time you’re wondering why many Detroiters aren’t feeling the comeback. Here’s a clue: It all starts with a job.


1. Almost half of Detroit residents have not had any work in the last 12 months

It may seem hard to believe, but almost half of Detroiters aged 16-64 (47%) have not had any employment in the last twelve months. That’s 168,000 people not working. To give you an idea, Detroit would need almost 13 more companies the size of Quicken Loans (~13,000 employees) to fill that gap.


2. There are only 3.7 jobs for every 10 Detroit residents in the city

…and most of those jobs located in the city, about 3 of 4 are held by suburbanites. By contrast, comparable sized cities like Cleveland and Atlanta have 11.8 jobs and 18.3 jobs per resident, respectively.


3. Many entry level jobs are in the suburbs, and owning a car is insanely expensive in Detroit

Car insurance here is among the highest in the nation, so owning a car in the city is very expensive. Mix that with the history of a lack of investment and cooperation when it comes to mass transit has made it very difficult for poorer residents to even get to a job when they land one. 48 percent of Detroit residents live 10 or more miles from their job.

Image of a blocked off slide at Spain Elementary in Detroit.

4. Detroit’s education system is a disaster

The education system in Detroit (DPS and charters both have low marks) is producing a reported 47% functional illiteracy rate in the city, and when it comes to Detroit residents, only 13% have a Bachelor’s degree. So most can’t even qualify for many higher paying jobs. Adult literacy programs in the city are consistently seeing customers that will need 12 to 36 months of education to get their GED (High school diploma equivalent) to get people to ninth grade levels (enough for an entry level job) or tenth (enough for community college).


5. A significant percentage of working Detroiters are still in poverty

18.5% of employed Detroiters still lived below the poverty line, and 31% of that group of working poor Detroiters worked full time, which is a frustrating situation to be in.

Waxing a little poetic here, if you think about the noise created around the recent investments in downtown in midtown, they’re only a drop in the bucket needed to get Detroiters back to work.

And that’s what Detroiters really need. Jobs.

The numbers aren’t insurmountable at all (neighboring Oakland County added 97,000 jobs since 2010, according to their information), but it’ll take work on multiple fronts to ensure there is opportunity for all of Detroit. There are programs – like the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, as well as many other initiatives – that are starting to make a dent, but there’s a long road ahead.

But if we don’t do this trinity of work that is improving mass transit, education, and creating jobs, we will be permanently on a path to two Detroits. And that’s not the kind of resurgence anybody wants.

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Michigan’s Education Level Is About The Same As Thailand Sun, 07 Feb 2016 19:57:49 +0000 Education in the United States varies greatly by state and even by city, or within a city if you’re in a top ten population state like Michigan who has many school districts. Michigan is sixth in the nation as of 2011-2012 for the number of school districts at 869.

But, where does Michigan rank as far as education level, if it were a country?

The website Home Snacks created a map of each state’s educational level and its equivalent to a country.

It turns out we’re way down on the list – number 89 on the education index – Thailand.

In the map, California roughly equals Chile, Oklahoma equals Syria, Texas equals Turkey … also, Connecticut’s education level is the equivalent of that of the USA.

Here’s how they came to this conclusion. Using data from the U.S. Census, they factored in each state’s high school graduation rate, and then compared those numbers to the education index of each country in the world, according to the United Nations Development Programme.

Interesting to note that most of the northeast – considered the ‘smartest’ region in the United States – is very similar to Europe’s education levels. “We’re number 89” isn’t the greatest of chants, and should be a call to do better.

And although there have been recent improvements, Michigan’s four year high school graduation rate is just over 78% – that means that something around 21%+ of Michigan students, or about 1 in 5, do not graduate high school in four years.

If you don’t even have a high school education in today’s economy, your prospects are going to be very limited, to say the least. In Detroit, a recent study showed that 55% of those without a high school education are not in the labor force at all.

Check out the map below to see how Michigan compares with the other U.S. states when it comes to education level.


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Michigan State, University of Michigan, Wayne State University Research Corridor Statewide Economic Impact Tops $17 Billion Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:09:13 +0000 Here’s some positive news from Michigan’s education sector. Michigan’s University Research Corridor, consisting of three universities – Michigan State, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University – contributed $17.5 billion to Michigan’s economy in 2015.

That’s up from $16.8 billion the previous year and $12.9 billion in 2007 That’s an increase of $700 million over the previous year, according to the 9th Annual Economic Impact & Benchmark Report released Tuesday.

The URC also ranked highly in the transfer of research and development, surpassing its five-year average for the number of patents issued, licensing and options activity, and invention disclosures, for the third straight year.

According to the report, for every dollar the state invested in the three URC universities, Michigan saw $22 in economic benefits, according to the report.

The URC continued their second place standing in the Innovation Power Ranking among the nation’s most respected innovation clusters for the third year in a row. For context, the Southern California cluster (UCLA, UC-San Diego and USC) ranked first, and the Northern California cluster (UC-San Francisco, UC-Berkeley and Stanford) ranked third.

University Research Corridor Michigan

The Innovation Power Ranking was developed by Anderson Economic Group, preparers of the annual report, and compares the URC’s performance to peer university clusters in Northern California, Southern California, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Pennsylvania. The ranking indexes defining factors of leading research universities – talent, R&D and technology commercialization, to arrive at the ranking metric. Since 2002, the three URC universities have cultivated 188 start-up companies, including 71 which have formed in the past five years.

The Michigan URC also ranked first in the talent composite score, a measurement of total number of degrees conferred and total number of high-tech degrees. The URC conferred 34,141 degrees including 2,332 medical degrees, the highest number of advanced degrees in the medicine and biological science fields of any peer university innovation cluster.

“Our three universities take research out of the lab and into the market, keeping jobs and investment dollars here in our backyard,” said Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson in a statement. “Not only is world class research taking place within the walls of our institutions, the URC’s entrepreneurial graduates are extending that reach to drive business results in the state.”

The report also includes a breakdown of the URC’s economic impact in 10 regions statewide, including the effect of the additional money URC alumni living in Michigan earn because of their university degrees. As of summer 2015, the URC universities had more than 1.2 million alums worldwide. The 629,000 alums living in Michigan account for more than 9 percent of the state’s population over age 24.

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Who Wins Where? Here Are The Most Searched Automakers Tue, 08 Sep 2015 14:31:06 +0000 The American love affair with cars started almost as soon as Henry Ford’s first Model T rolled off the assembly line, and it hasn’t stopped yet. However, Americans are now able to make better informed decisions about their cars through research – particularly online searches.

Google released its annual Trends report in 2014, and the search engine reported that Ford was the most-searched brand in the U.S. followed by Jeep in second. Dodge cam in third. Toyota, the world’s biggest-selling carmaker in 2014, came in fourth in the U.S.

But what about now? How do the automakers stack up globally and domestically in searches from April 2014 to March 2015? TopSpeed determined to find out.

Here are the global results of the study.

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The study conducted features Google searches of car brands performed using the Latin alphabet. Data for each country included the highest search volume per month and the car brands matching that search volume. Countries that had an average monthly search volume of less than 100 weren’t included.

As far as North America went, Canadian and U.S. Internet users seemed to favor Toyota. However, users in Mexico seem to favor both Nissan and Chevrolet.

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In just a few months, Toyota managed to move from the fourth most-searched carmaker in the U.S. to the first, but the results are more complicated than they appear. The data begins to get really interesting when you break down the search data by state.

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In the U.S., the search results were mostly regional. Toyota was the most-searched car brand along the West and East coasts and in the south. In the North and the Midwest, Ford dominated. In states that had a tie, the brands were most often Ford and Toyota.

However, Toyota was the most-searched automaker in only 24 of the states. While it seems that the car brand is here to stay, Americans haven’t given up their other favorite brand – Ford.

To see the detailed results of other continents in the study, check out

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Housing Inequality Severe In Metro Detroit Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:46:15 +0000 /?p=10039 The term “post-racial” is not a reality when it comes to home loan applications nationally or in Metro Detroit. According to a recent study released by the home information website, there is severe inequality between races when it comes to getting a home loan, one of the cornerstone pieces of the American experience. This is the first time they’ve looked at the data in this way on a metropolitan level.

In Metro Detroit the denial rate for Black applicants, however, is more than double those of Whites which is consistent with the national trend (see graphic below). Hispanics fare slightly better in Metro Detroit compared to the national average.

“While many of the disparities between the experiences of white communities and minority communities during the housing boom and bust can be explained by plain differences in finances and geography, it’s clear that the housing playing field remains strikingly unequal in this country,” said Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries.

The denial data by race reveals persistent housing and access-to-credit issues for minorities across the country.

Another layer is that in the City of Detroit, where minorities make up the majority of the cities population, it can be very difficult to get a conventional home loan. Only between 300 and 400 mortgages were written within the borders of the city last year, with most rehabilitation funded by cash or financing not tied to the property.

Currently, as Federal guidelines on making loans are very specific (and the Feds end up buying or insuring most of the loans), Mayor Mike Duggan is working on a plan to create financing through a land contract mechanism, but that’s not here yet. There’s also the Detroit Land Bank Authority which is moving houses through an online auction process, but that’s designed to stabilize neighborhoods, not correct the Detroit real estate market, which is anything but normal.

Another problem, especially in a city that is composed of a population that is 92.2% minority (that figure is including all non-whites) is income inequality.

“Black and Hispanic applicants [nationally] for conventional home loans make roughly $20,000 less per year than white applicants, resulting in much higher denial rates. Similarly, black and Hispanic communities are clustered in areas that saw huge run-ups in home values prior to the recession, and even larger drops during the crash,” said Humphries. “But there are some reasons for optimism. Home values in black and Hispanic communities are expected to rise faster over the coming year, and the data shows that Federal Housing Administration-backed loans have proven to be a viable and critical source of financing in minority communities.”

Home Loans by Race in Metro Detroit

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INFOGRAPHIC: Angels’ Night 2014 By The Numbers Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:35:02 +0000 /?p=7963 Angels’ Night had less than 100 fires for the fourth year in a row, down significantly from 1984.

Angels' Night 2014 by the number

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