population http://michiganradio.org en Here are 100 reasons why people stay in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/here-are-100-reasons-why-people-stay-michigan <p>Last Friday, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/why-do-you-stay-michigan-whyistay">we asked people</a> to share a photo that represents why they stay in Michigan.</p><p>So far, people have shared thousands of photos and tweets using the hashtag #whyIstay.</p><p>Public radio stations all over the country are asking their communities the same question. <a href="http://hashtagwhyistay.tumblr.com/">Here's a collection</a> showing all the responses.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 18:13:58 +0000 Mark Brush 17620 at http://michiganradio.org Here are 100 reasons why people stay in Michigan Where do Michiganders go when they leave the state? http://michiganradio.org/post/where-do-michiganders-go-when-they-leave-state <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Approximately 1.7 million Americans moved to a different state in 2012. But from where are people leaving, and where do they go?</span></p><p>A recent infographic by Chris Walker visualizes American migration patterns. It shows Americans are flocking to Florida, and more people are leaving Michigan than moving to the state.</p><p></p><p>According to the Census data that informed the infographic, about 134,000 Americans migrated to the Mitten State in 2012. More than 175,000 left the state.</p><p>So where do Michiganders go when they leave the mitten?</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:58:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15396 at http://michiganradio.org Where do Michiganders go when they leave the state? Michigan's immigrant population is declining — except for one group http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-immigrant-population-declining-except-one-group <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Fewer immigrants are choosing to make Michigan their new home, according to figures released by the Department of Homeland Security.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Last year, Michigan’s immigrant population dropped 4.6% — the second-lowest level in the past 12 years. &nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That decline doesn’t fit with current immigration trends in the Midwest. Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio have all seen an increase in immigration. Only Michigan and Wisconsin are experiencing a drop.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But while the number of newcomers coming to the state is on the decline, one immigrant group continues to flow to Michigan — Iraqis.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“Michigan is just second to California in terms of its attraction of Iraqi immigrants,” said Kurt Metzger, director emeritus of <a href="http://datadrivendetroit.org/">Data Driven Detroit</a>.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:48:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 14287 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's immigrant population is declining — except for one group Obama administration proposes lifting federal protection for most wolves http://michiganradio.org/post/obama-administration-proposes-lifting-federal-protection-most-wolves <p>The Obama administration announced a proposal to lift the federal protection of gray wolves in 48 states.&nbsp;</p><p>The director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe, said wolves have recovered.</p><p>According to Matthew Brown and John Flesher of the Associated Press, <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/APNewsBreak-Plan-lifts-Lower-48-wolf-protections-4586593.php" target="_blank">Ashe cited the wolf population as having "successfully rebounded." </a></p><p>Ashe said that "science is an important part of this decision, but really the key is the policy question of when a species is recovered. Does the wolf have to occupy all the habitat that is available to it in order for it to be recovered? Our answer to that question is no."</p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:22:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12950 at http://michiganradio.org Obama administration proposes lifting federal protection for most wolves In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-133 <p><strong>Michigan population increases for the first time in seven years</strong></p><p>Michigan gained population in 2012 for the first time in seven years, the Detroit News <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121221/METRO/212210369/1409/metro/Census-Michigan-gains-population-exodus-slows-down">reports.</a></p><blockquote><p>'This halts a decade of population losses, but population is still growing far slower than other states. U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday show the state grew at just 0.1 percent, adding 6,559 residents to 9,883,360.'</p></blockquote><p><strong>Snow dumps 14 inches in northern Michigan</strong></p><p>"A snowstorm hitting the Midwest has dumped more than 10 inches of snow in northern Michigan and knocked out power to at least 60,000 state electricity customers. The weather service says snowfall totals could reach 13 inches in northern Michigan and 14 inches in northern lower Michigan before the storm exits Michigan Friday," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Snyder signs personal property tax and mining legislation</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder has signed a plan to phase out the state’s tax on business and industrial equipment. Manufacturers, in particular, say the tax discourages investment in Michigan. Snyder also approved an overhaul of how mining in Michigan is taxed. The new tax on mining production will replace a hodgepodge of taxes paid by mines," Rick Pluta reports. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 12:14:28 +0000 Emily Fox 10487 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Michigan population creeps up, you now have 9,883,359 neighbors http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-population-creeps-you-now-have-9883359-neighbors <p>Michigan's population had never dropped&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/census-shows-michigan-only-state-lose-population">until the 2010 Census</a>.</p><p>That year, Michigan was the only state to actually lose population.</p><p>Today we hear news that the state's population is once again growing, albeit slowly.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget say U.S. Census numbers show Michigan's new 2012 <span class="il">population</span> estimate is 9,883,360.</p><p>More from the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121220/METRO/212200434/Census-Population-grows-Michigan-first-time-7-years?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The population gain was 0.1 percent, just 6,559 to 9,883,360, but it was the first gain since 2004. Unemployment rates in the state forced hundreds of thousands to seek work across the country.</p><p>Births exceeded deaths in Michigan this year by 22,500, which are down from 2011, but the state saw an increase in immigration and a decline in the net loss of residents to other states. The state lost nearly 33,000 people to other states, down from 42,000 the year before and a high of 109,000 in 2008. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:58:48 +0000 Mark Brush 10465 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan population creeps up, you now have 9,883,359 neighbors The population slide continues in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/population-slide-continues-michigan <p>The 2010 Census was a momentous one for Michigan.</p><p>The numbers showed the state actually lost population between 2000 and 2010.</p><p>It was the only state in the Union to show a drop, and it was something that <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/census-shows-michigan-only-state-lose-population">had never happened before in Michigan</a>.</p><p>Now, the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show the population continues to dip, albeit slowly.</p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:47:20 +0000 Mark Brush 5496 at http://michiganradio.org The population slide continues in Michigan Governor visits U of M, touts pro-immigration stance http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-visits-u-m-touts-pro-immigration-stance <p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/">Governor Rick Snyder</a> says he considers himself &quot;probably the most aggressive pro-immigration governor in the country.&quot; Snyder says Michigan should work to attract immigrants with advanced degrees, especially in biomedical sciences and high-tech industries.</p><p>He reminded students, researchers and educators at University of Michigan today that some of the state&rsquo;s most successful businesses &ndash; such as Meijer and Dow &ndash; were founded by immigrants.</p><p><em>&ldquo;We tend to forget they&rsquo;re Michigan names. Dow was a Canadian emigrant and Meijers was a Dutch emigrant. And now they&rsquo;re household words that we consider them Michiganders,&rdquo; </em>said Snyder.</p><p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/cgi/0,1607,7-158-54534---,00.html">State Demographer Ken Darga</a> says one of the big reasons Michigan was the only state to lose population in the past decade is because of a failure to attract immigrants.</p><p>Meanwhile, there are several Republican<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28zvdk0mmhuzruw245cgabcs45%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&amp;objectname=2011-SB-0254&amp;query=on"> proposals in the Legislature</a> aimed at enacting <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28zvdk0mmhuzruw245cgabcs45%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&amp;objectname=2011-HB-4026&amp;query=on">regulations to discourage illegal immigration.</a></p><p>Snyder also stated that too many college graduates in Michigan are leaving the state to pursue careers. He says part of that is because there are not enough jobs available for young workers. He says revitalizing urban areas will help reverse the so-called &ldquo;brain drain.&rdquo;</p><p><em>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s absolutely critical for Detroit to begin on the path to be a great city again because many of our young people are looking for that urban environment. And there are good things going on in Detroit. They&rsquo;re good enough going on today that I like to ask young people &ndash; and you might appreciate this &ndash; I say &lsquo;Do you want to be another yuppie in Chicago, or do you want to stay and make a difference in Detroit?&rsquo;&rdquo; </em>said Snyder.</p><p><em>*Correction - an earlier version of this story was titled &quot;Governor visits U of M, touts anti-immigration stance.&quot; He was highlighting his &quot;pro-immigration&quot; stance. The headline has been changed.</em> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 20:02:09 +0000 Laura Weber 4596 at http://michiganradio.org Governor visits U of M, touts pro-immigration stance Census releases numbers on the black population in the U.S. http://michiganradio.org/post/census-releases-numbers-black-population-us <p>Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its report &quot;<a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-06.pdf">The Black Population: 2010</a>.&quot;</p><p><span lang="EN">The 2010 Census found that 14 percent of the U.S. population identified themselves as black, &quot;either alone or in combination with one or more other races.&quot;</span></p><p><span lang="EN">From a U.S. Census Bureau <a href="http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/cb11-cn185.html">press release</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span lang="EN">Of the total U.S. population of 308.7 million on April 1, 2010, 38.9 million people, or 13 percent, identified as black alone. In addition, 3.1 million people, or 1 percent, reported as black in combination with one or more other races. Together, these two groups comprise the black alone-or-in-combination population and totaled 42.0 million. </span></p></blockquote><p><strong>Detroit has highest concentration of blacks living in an urban area</strong></p><p>Census officials report that of the major cities in the U.S. (cities with 100,000 people in them or more), Detroit had the highest percentage of people identifying as black, or black in combination with other races, at 84 percent.</p><p>Here are the top ten:</p><ol><li>Detroit, Michigan (84.3 percent)</li><li>Jackson, Mississippi (80.1 percent)</li><li>Miami Gardens, Florida (77.9 percent)</li><li>Birmingham, Alabama (74.0 percent)</li><li>Baltimore, Maryland (65.1 percent)</li><li>Memphis, Tennessee (64.1 percent)</li><li>New Orleans, Louisiana (61.2 percent)</li><li>Flint, Michigan (59.5 percent)</li><li>Montgomery, Alabama (57.4 percent)</li><li>Savannah, Georgia (56.7 percent) Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:36:44 +0000 Mark Brush 4370 at http://michiganradio.org Census releases numbers on the black population in the U.S. Devastation http://michiganradio.org/post/devastation <p>Detroit expected to get grim news from the U.S. Census bureau. But the results are, in fact, far worse than expected. They paint a picture of urban devastation unlike any in our nation&rsquo;s history, a snapshot of the depopulation of a major American city.</p><p>Consider this: Since the Republican National Convention in 1980, Detroit has lost half a million people. In the thirty years before that, it lost even more -- another seven hundred thousand.</p><p>For years, the term &ldquo;white flight&rdquo; had been synonymous with what was happening.&nbsp; Today, it&rsquo;s mostly about black flight. The black population of Detroit declined by more than one hundred and eighty-five thousand people during the last decade.</p><p>What that indicates is that the middle class of both races has given up on the city, in large part because the schools are perceived as being so bad. There have been a number of stories in recent months speculating that, for the first time, the census would find that the percentage of Detroiters who are white was increasing.</p><p>Optimists believed that the city was attracting a new generation of young urban pioneers, who were returning to Detroit from the suburbs, living in lofts and creating an artistic and urbane lifetstyle.</p><p>The census shows that this was a complete fantasy. Sure, there may be a few kids doing those things. There are also a few people who vote for the Socialist Workers&rsquo; party. But both groups are statistically insignificant. Nearly half of what white population remained in Detroit in 2000 vanished over the next decade.</p><p>There are now only about fifty-five thousand people in Detroit who identify themselves as white. Sixty years ago, when the city celebrated its 250th anniversary, that figure was one point six million.</p><p>That means that more than ninety-five percent of the white population has disappeared.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s not to say that Detroit&rsquo;s troubles are solely due to the fact that the whites left. In fact, one-quarter of the black population left over the last decade as well. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:52:13 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1760 at http://michiganradio.org Devastation Detailed Census data is bad news for Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/detailed-census-data-bad-news-detroit <p>The U.S. Census Bureau released detailed data on the state&#39;s population. Earlier this year, we heard that Michigan was the only state in the country to lose population. Now we can take a more detailed look.</p><p>You can explore the data below, or by going to the <a href="http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/">Census Bureau page</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="277" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/embedstate.html?state=MI" width="435">IFRAMES not supported</iframe></p><p>The big news to come out of the data was the number 713,777.</p><p>That&#39;s the population in Detroit. According to the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110322/NEWS06/110322036/Census-2010-Detroit-population-plummets-713-777-lowest-since-1910?odyssey=mod|mostview">Detroit Free Press</a>, Detroit&#39;s population hasn&#39;t been this low since 1910:</p><blockquote><p>four years before Henry Ford offered $5 a day to autoworkers, sparking a boom that quadrupled Detroit&rsquo;s size in the first half of the 20th Century.</p></blockquote><p>Detroiters reacted to the news in this video, saying crime, a lack of employment, and poor schools are reasons people have left the city:</p><p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0" height="369" id="flashObj" width="435"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="omnitureAccountID=gpaper204,gntbcstglobal&amp;pageContentCategory=NEWS&amp;pageContentSubcategory=NEWS01&amp;marketName=Detroit:freep&amp;revSciSeg=J06575_10541|J06575_10620|J06575_50507|J06575_50558|J06575_50709|J06575_50735|J06575_50763|J06575_50778&amp;revSciZip=&amp;revSciAge=&amp;revSciGender=&amp;division=newspaper&amp;SSTSCode=news/article.htm&amp;videoId=847468376001&amp;playerID=47552131001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAACEbKtKE~,hMlwOmT8XTDQREoy7HraqM9iTdjQT71F&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="omnitureAccountID=gpaper204,gntbcstglobal&amp;pageContentCategory=NEWS&amp;pageContentSubcategory=NEWS01&amp;marketName=Detroit:freep&amp;revSciSeg=J06575_10541|J06575_10620|J06575_50507|J06575_50558|J06575_50709|J06575_50735|J06575_50763|J06575_50778&amp;revSciZip=&amp;revSciAge=&amp;revSciGender=&amp;division=newspaper&amp;SSTSCode=news/article.htm&amp;videoId=847468376001&amp;playerID=47552131001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAACEbKtKE~,hMlwOmT8XTDQREoy7HraqM9iTdjQT71F&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" height="369" name="flashObj" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" seamlesstabbing="false" src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="435"></embed></object></p><p>MPRN&#39;s Rick Pluta had reaction from Governor Snyder:</p><blockquote><p>Governor Rick Snyder says the U.S. Census Bureau information shows Michigan cannot continue down the path it has been on for many years:</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s time to step up. It&rsquo;s time for bold action, and thoughtful action, and that&rsquo;s the message we&rsquo;re on, and the path we&rsquo;re on, and I just hope people join us in that effort,&quot; said Snyder.</p><p>&quot;I think this decline in population for the state really just reemphasizes the issue we&rsquo;ve been facing; we are in a crisis in the state, and we need to take an approach and an attitude to say we need to reinvent Michigan.&quot;</p><p>Detroit&rsquo;s population presents a problem as the Legislature deals with the state budget, which operates on the assumption that Detroit is the only city with more than 750,000 people.</p></blockquote><p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has said the city will challenge the Census numbers. Bing was quoted in the Detroit Free Press:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We are in a fiscal crisis, and we have to fight for every dollar,&quot; Bing said in announcing that the city will seek a recount. &quot;We can&#39;t afford to let these results stand.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The city stands to lose investment from the state and federal government if they can&#39;t get the numbers to add up to 750,000. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:33:11 +0000 Mark Brush 1743 at http://michiganradio.org Detailed Census data is bad news for Detroit Grand Rapids Mayor responds to Newsweek's "Dying Cities" post http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-mayor-responds-newsweeks-dying-cities-post <p>After Newsweek named Grand Rapids as one of its ten "<a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/americas-dying-cities-3-are-michigan">Dying Cities</a>," Mayor George Heartwell sat down to express his feelings about the magazine's designation.</p><p>In a <a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/heartwellletter.pdf">letter</a> to Newsweek editor Tina Brown, Heartwell said "the citizens of Grand Rapids were astounded when you declared our city...to be a 'dying city.'"</p><p>From the letter:</p><blockquote><p>Dying city? Surely Newsweek must be joking! Would a major medical School (Michigan State University School of Human Medicine) move its campus to a dying city? Would a dying city have seen $1.4 Billion in downtown construction in the past seven years?...Would a dying city have more LEED certified buildings per capita (2009) than any other American city?</p></blockquote><p>The mayor might have been wise to ask whether rapper <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/rapper-turned-movie-star-hosts-screening-benefit-michigan-film-industry">50-cent</a> would consider moving to a dying city as well.</p><p>He did invite Newsweek's Tina Brown to visit the city saying, "<em>I'm afraid our timing is off to get you to a Kid Rock concert...that happens tonight. But if you want to see Lady GaGa at our Van Andel Arena there's still time; she's comes this spring.</em>" Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:44:59 +0000 Mark Brush 999 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Mayor responds to Newsweek's "Dying Cities" post Great recession slows Midwest's "brain drain" http://michiganradio.org/post/great-recession-slows-midwests-brain-drain <p>For much of the last decade, cities across our region have watched their recent college graduates flee to cities like Phoenix.</p><p>It what might be good news for our region, new census data show the recession has significantly changed where young people are moving.</p><p>People, especially people in their early twenties, go where the jobs are.</p><p>That&rsquo;s why Michigan is so concerned about being the only state in the census to lose population</p><p>And cities like Cleveland and Detroit have been fretting about &quot;brain drain&quot; to other areas.</p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 19:04:11 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 998 at http://michiganradio.org Great recession slows Midwest's "brain drain" "America's Dying Cities" - 3 are in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/americas-dying-cities-3-are-michigan <p>In case you missed it, <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/21/america-s-dying-cities.html">Newsweek Magazine</a> put out a Top Ten list last Friday. This top ten list was called "American's Dying Cities."</p><p>There's nothing like a provocative headline to get people to peek in.</p><p>For Michigan, it's the usual suspects: Flint and Detroit.</p><p>But many will be surprised that <em>Grand Rapids</em> also made the list.</p><p>No doubt about it, there are many urban areas around the country that are in decay. The question is, how do you measure the decay?</p><p>The writers at Newsweek said they looked at the latest census numbers (it's difficult to tell <em>who </em>at Newsweek looked at the numbers because there's no byline as far as I can tell<em>)</em>:</p><blockquote><p>We used the most recent data from the Census Bureau on every metropolitan area with a population exceeding 100,000 to find the 30 cities that suffered the steepest population decline between 2000 and 2009. Then, in an attempt to look ahead toward the future of these regions, we analyzed demographic changes to find which ones experienced the biggest drop in the number of residents under 18. In this way, we can see which cities may have an even greater population decline ahead due to a shrinking population of young people.</p></blockquote><p>It's also difficult to tell which direction this list goes.</p><p>The cities are listed in their scrolling widget in one direction, and in their "view all" list in the opposite direction. So, for what's it's worth, here's the list (from their "view all" view):</p><ol class="flow-through-listing"><li><a class="flow-through-item" data-track="{'title':'complete list'}" href="http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/21/america-s-dying-cities/grand-rapids-michigan.html">Grand Rapids, Michigan</a></li><li><a class="flow-through-item" data-track="{'title':'complete list'}" href="http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/21/america-s-dying-cities/flint-michigan.html">Flint, Michigan</a></li><li><a class="flow-through-item" data-track="{'title':'complete list'}" href="http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/21/america-s-dying-cities/south-bend-indiana.html">South Bend, Indiana</a></li><li><a class="flow-through-item" data-track="{'title':'complete list'}" href="http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/21/america-s-dying-cities/detroit-michigan.html">Detroit, Michigan</a></li><li><a class="flow-through-item" data-track="{'title':'complete list'}" href="http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/21/america-s-dying-cities/pittsburgh-pennsylvania.html">Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</a></li><li><a class="flow-through-item" data-track="{'title':'complete list'}" href="http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/21/america-s-dying-cities/cleveland-ohio.html">Cleveland, Ohio</a></li><li><a class="flow-through-item" data-track="{'title':'complete list'}" href="http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/21/america-s-dying-cities/rochester-new-york.html">Rochester, New York</a></li><li><a class="flow-through-item" data-track="{'title':'complete list'}" href="http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/21/america-s-dying-cities/hialeah-florida.html">Hialeah, Florida</a></li><li><a class="flow-through-item" data-track="{'title':'complete list'}" href="http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/21/america-s-dying-cities/vallejo-california.html">Vallejo, California</a></li><li><a class="flow-through-item" data-track="{'title':'complete list'}" href="http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/21/america-s-dying-cities/new-orleans-louisiana.html">New Orleans, Louisiana Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:50:13 +0000 Mark Brush 981 at http://michiganradio.org "America's Dying Cities" - 3 are in Michigan Study: Michigan ranks no. 2 in outbound migration http://michiganradio.org/post/study-michigan-ranks-no-2-outbound-migration <p>One sign of a tough economy is the sight of a big moving truck out in front of the neighbor's house.</p><p>And according to one moving company's study, Michigan has seen more of those moving trucks leaving the state than entering the state.</p><p>In it's 34th annual "migration" study, <a href="http://www.unitedvanlines.com/mover/united-newsroom/press-releases/2011/2010-united-van-lines-migration-study_000.htm">United Van Lines</a> says Michigan ranked second in outbound traffic in the country.</p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 19:47:29 +0000 Mark Brush 853 at http://michiganradio.org Study: Michigan ranks no. 2 in outbound migration White House not concerned about new Census numbers http://michiganradio.org/post/white-house-not-concerned-about-new-census-numbers <p>Officials in the Obama White House say they're not concerned about the new Census numbers.</p><p><a href="http://detnews.com/article/20101221/POLITICS03/12210386/1361/">The Associated Press</a> reports that White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said he "doesn't expect the results of the new census to have a 'huge practical impact' on national politics."</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2010/12/21/132234651/census-data-will-reshape-u-s-political-landscape">NPR</a> quotes Gibbs as saying:</p><blockquote><p>"I don't think shifting some seats from one area of the country to another necessarily marks a concern that you can't make a politically potent argument in those new places."</p></blockquote><p>The results of the <a href="http://2010.census.gov/2010census/">2010 U.S. Census</a> has shifted seats in the U.S. House of Representatives from traditional democratic strongholds in the East and Midwest, to some of the republican strongholds in the South and West (see map above). Tue, 21 Dec 2010 19:32:29 +0000 Mark Brush 668 at http://michiganradio.org White House not concerned about new Census numbers Census shows Michigan the only state to lose population http://michiganradio.org/post/census-shows-michigan-only-state-lose-population <p><strong>Update 1:30 p.m.:</strong></p><p>It's confirmed. Michigan has NEVER lost population in U.S. Census data history. I asked Vince Kountz of the U.S. Census Bureau in Detroit. He looked at the books and never saw population drop for the state of Michigan. He went back to the 1810 Census, before Michigan was a state. There were <strong>4,762</strong> people in the Michigan territory back then.</p><ul><li>We had <strong>9,938,444</strong> people in the state in 2000</li><li>We now have <strong>9,883,640</strong> in the state in 2010.</li></ul><p><strong><span style="font-size: small; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);">12:02 p.m.:</span></strong></p><p><span style="font-size: small; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);">The <a href="http://www.census.gov/">Census</a> numbers are out. You can take a look at what they found with this map.</span></p><p><iframe marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/population.swf?init_year=2010" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" height="273" width="430">IFRAMES not supported</iframe></p><p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 18:30:00 +0000 Mark Brush 665 at http://michiganradio.org Census shows Michigan the only state to lose population Will Census cause Michigan to lose a seat in Congress? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-census-cause-michigan-lose-seat-congress <p>This week the <a href="http://2010.census.gov/2010census/">U.S. Census</a> will release its initial population totals for the country and the states. That data will begin the scramble to redraw Michigan’s congressional districts.</p><p>Michigan will probably lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives when the new census numbers come out (going from 15 to 14 seats).</p><p>The state’s incoming Republican governor and Republican controlled legislature are expected to redraw congressional boundaries so they can favor Republican candidates.</p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 22:03:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 656 at http://michiganradio.org Will Census cause Michigan to lose a seat in Congress? Downsizing Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/downsizing-detroit <p>Detroit is a city built for 2 million people, but now has around 800,000. It's ruins have become famous. And some people, like artist Lowell Boileau, have said the problems Detroit faces are like a "slow moving Katrina."</p><p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is leading a plan, called the <a href="http://detroitworksproject.com/">Detroit Works Project</a>, to shrink the city down to size. To make the city's 139 square mile footprint more manageable for city services like police, fire, sanitation, and water.</p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 21:05:48 +0000 Mark Brush 534 at http://michiganradio.org Downsizing Detroit