census http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's headlines: jobless rate, census data, Pontiac schools avoid EM http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-jobless-rate-census-data-pontiac-schools-avoid-em <p><strong>Michigan jobless rate increases to 9 percent</strong></p><p>"Michigan lost a net 7,000 jobs last month to bring the state’s unemployment rate to 9 percent. This is the third month in a row the state’s jobless rate has increased," Rick Pluta<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-jobless-rate-rising"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>Census shows Michigan is doing well with retirement income, bad with health insurance and household income</strong></p><p>New Census data sheds light on where Michigan stands nationally in regards to income, poverty and health insurance. As the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130919/NEWS06/309190045/U-s-census-bureau-release-data-retirement-income-poverty-income-health-insurance-rates">reports</a>, Michigan is among one of the top states for the number of people who have retirement income.</p><blockquote><p>"Nearly 1 in 4 Michigan households has retirement income. . . Michigan’s median household income remains lower than the national average, while the state has fewer uninsured residents than the national average."</p></blockquote><p><strong>Pontiac Schools to have consent agreement, no emergency manager</strong></p><p>"The Pontiac Board of Education has approved a consent agreement with the state to deal with a financial emergency in the district, avoiding the appointment of an emergency manager," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:01:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14497 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: jobless rate, census data, Pontiac schools avoid EM In this morning's news: abortion petition, population loss, wolf hunt referendum http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-abortion-petition-population-loss-wolf-hunt-referendum <p><strong>Petition to ban abortion coverage allowed to move forward</strong></p><p>A state elections board has given the go-ahead to a petition drive by anti-abortion groups to prohibit insurance companies from covering abortion in basic health policies. &nbsp;</p><p>“To get this measure before the Legislature, Right to Life needs to gather more than a quarter-million signatures. If it’s approved by the Legislature, the law could not be vetoed. If lawmakers don’t approve the initiative, it would go to the ballot for voter approval,” Rick Pluta <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/petition-drive-will-seek-ban-automatic-abortion-coverage-michigan">reports. &nbsp;</a></p><p><strong>Michigan communities face population loss in 2012</strong></p><p>The Detroit Free Press<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130522/NEWS06/305230037/us-census-bureau-population-detroit-resident-declines"> reports</a> that roughly two out of three Michigan communities lost residents during 2011-2012, according to the US Census. But the state’s overall population grew slightly and most declines were modest in size. Michigan’s total population increased by more than 6,500 people between 2011-2012.</p><p><strong>Wolf hunt referendum will be on ballot </strong></p><p>A <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/wolf-hunt-law-headed-2014-ballot">referendum on a state law</a> allowing a wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula will be on the ballot in November 2014.</p><p>“Petitions to let voters decide whether a law allowing a wolf hunt should remain on the books were certified yesterday by a state elections panel...But the Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder also approved a second law. It circumvents the referendum and still allows the state to establish wolf seasons.” Rick Pluta reports.</p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 11:29:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12701 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: abortion petition, population loss, wolf hunt referendum Grand Rapids metro area now home to more than one million people http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-metro-area-now-home-more-one-million-people <p>For the first time the Grand Rapids region now has more than a million people.</p><p>The boost in the 2012 estimate comes in part because of changes to the way the US Census is calculates the population there. The Grand Rapids metro area now includes Ottawa County because more than a quarter of the people who live there commute to work in Grand Rapids.</p><p>Tim Mroz is with the economic development group The Right Place. He says the million mark is significant in attracting big companies to the region.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:59:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11707 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids metro area now home to more than one million people Counting Michigan's homeless http://michiganradio.org/post/counting-michigans-homeless <p>Michigan organizations that help homeless people are taking part in a “snap-shot” census. The federal government requires the overnight count every other year. It’s part of the Obama administration’s <a href="http://www.usich.gov/">plan to eradicate homelessness</a> by 2020.</p><p>The census must happen on a single night during the last ten days of January. The count includes people who are in shelters, transitional housing, and on the street.</p> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:48:06 +0000 Kyle Norris 10960 at http://michiganradio.org Counting Michigan's homeless The U.S. Census Bureau is taking a look at the current state of Michigan businesses http://michiganradio.org/post/us-census-bureau-taking-look-current-state-michigan-businesses <p>130 thousand Michigan businesses are getting something special in the mail this week.&nbsp;&nbsp; Not a Christmas present, it’s a U.S. Census form.</p><p>The twice a decade Economic Census takes a snapshot of the state of American business.</p><p>Mark Wallace is the chief of the service sector statistics division for the U.S. Census Bureau.&nbsp; He says employers are being asked to give detailed information on their annual sales, payroll, the products they make or merchandise or commodities they sell or services they provide.</p><p>Wallace says it’s a lot of data.</p> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 16:17:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 10518 at http://michiganradio.org The U.S. Census Bureau is taking a look at the current state of Michigan businesses Census data shows higher poverty, lower median household incomes in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/census-data-shows-higher-poverty-lower-median-household-incomes-michigan <p>Household incomes are down while the number of <a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/acsbr11-01.pdf">people living in poverty is up</a>. That’s according to new data from the US Census Bureau. Michigan’s numbers mirror national trends.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:04:33 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9169 at http://michiganradio.org Census to release poverty numbers showing America likely back at 1965 levels http://michiganradio.org/post/census-release-poverty-numbers-showing-america-likely-back-1965-levels <p><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org">State of Opportunity</a> is covering tomorrow's announcement of poverty estimates by the <a href="http://www.census.gov/">Census Bureau</a>. The numbers will show how many Americans lived in poverty during 2011.<a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/us-poverty-could-soon-top-1965-rate"> </a></p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:52:46 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 9025 at http://michiganradio.org Census to release poverty numbers showing America likely back at 1965 levels The holiday season by the numbers http://michiganradio.org/post/holiday-season-numbers <p>We here at Michigan Radio know that nothing conjures the holiday spirit quite like numerical data from the U.S. Census Bureau.</p><p>The Bureau recently released a set of seasonaly-inspired&nbsp; facts and figures.</p><p>Here are some numbers from their list:</p><ul><li>Place names associated with the holiday season include North Pole, Alaska (population <strong>2,117</strong>); Santa Claus, Ind. (<strong>2,481</strong>); Santa Claus, Ga. (<strong>165</strong>); Noel, Mo. (<strong>1,832</strong>); and &mdash; if you know about reindeer &mdash; the village of Rudolph, Wis. (<strong>439</strong>) and Dasher, Ga. (<strong>912</strong>). There is Snowflake, Ariz. (<strong>5,590</strong>) and a dozen places named Holly, including Holly Springs, Miss. (<strong>7,699</strong>) and Mount Holly, N.C. (<strong>13,656</strong>).</li><li><strong>$27.2&nbsp;billion</strong>---Retail sales by the nation&rsquo;s department stores in December 2010.&nbsp;This represented a 44&nbsp;percent jump from the previous month (when retail sales, many holiday-related, registered $18.8 billion). No other month-to-month increase in department store sales last year was as large.</li><li><strong>21,891</strong>---The number of electronic shopping and mail-order houses in business in 2009. These businesses, which employed 320,721 workers, are a popular source of holiday gifts</li><li><strong>$983 million</strong>---The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and September 2011. China was the leading country of origin for such items. Similarly, China was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States ($79.7 million worth) during the same period.</li><li><strong>88</strong>---Number of establishments around the country that primarily manufactured dolls and stuffed toys in 2009. California led the nation with 15 locations.</li><li><strong>50 percent</strong>---Proportion of the nation&rsquo;s spuds produced in Idaho and Washington in 2010. Potato latkes are always a crowd pleaser during Hanukkah.</li><li><strong>$1.5 billion</strong>---The value of product shipments of candles in 2009 by the nation&rsquo;s manufacturers. Many of these candles are lit during Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations.</li><li><strong>More than 312 million</strong>---The nation&rsquo;s projected population as we ring in the New Year.</li></ul><p><em>- John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Sat, 03 Dec 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5233 at http://michiganradio.org The holiday season by the numbers New census data: More Mich. residents in poverty http://michiganradio.org/post/new-census-data-more-mich-residents-poverty <p>New census data show more Michigan residents are living in poverty.</p><p>The 2010 numbers from the American Community Survey released Thursday show the poverty rate rose from 16.2 percent in 2009 to 16.8 percent in Michigan. The percent of children under 18 in poverty in Michigan rose from 22.5 percent to 23.5 percent.</p><p>In Detroit, 37.6 percent were in poverty and 53.6 percent of children.</p><p>Median household income fell more than 1 percent from 2009 to $45,413 as more people worked in the lower-pay service industry than in manufacturing.</p><p><em>Help shape stories on this topic. Answer our news questions related to this story:</em></p><p><em><a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/1e08cae9b228/are-you-losing-cash-assistance-benefits-on-october-1st">Are you losing cash assistance benefits on October 1</a>?</em></p><p><em><a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/20bbb5da46c5/do-you-have-or-have-you-tried-to-get-a-job-in-a-factory-or-in-agriculture">Have you tried to get a job in manufacturing</a>?</em></p><p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:42:38 +0000 The Associated Press 4255 at http://michiganradio.org Median household incomes in Michigan are shrinking http://michiganradio.org/post/median-household-incomes-michigan-are-shrinking <p>The <a href="http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DatasetMainPageServlet?_program=ACS&amp;_submenuId=&amp;_lang=en&amp;_ts=">median income for Michigan households</a> has dropped by more than $9,000 over the past decade. Only one other state, Hawaii, has seen a bigger loss in income.</p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 20:40:13 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3382 at http://michiganradio.org Median household incomes in Michigan are shrinking Michigan community takes on census data http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-community-takes-census-data <p>A small village 20 minutes south of Grand Rapids is challenging U.S. census data gathered there last year. Last year the U.S. Census counted just 1,500 people living in the Village of Caledonia.</p><p>But Village President Glenn Gilbert thinks they really have about 100 more people than the census says.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;So if we had 1,600 versus 1,511, it&rsquo;s not a big deal. But it&rsquo;s just the accuracy and the commitment as an American you should really take to task the federal government and make sure they&rsquo;re correct in what they do,&rdquo; said Gilbert.</p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 16:23:52 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3210 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan community takes on census data Snyder to sign Detroit tax and population bills http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-sign-detroit-tax-and-population-bills <p>DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is preparing to sign bills that will allow the city of Detroit to continue its income tax and utility user tax provisions.</p><p>Snyder is scheduled to sign the bills Thursday.</p><p>The main bill would allow Detroit to continue a 2.5 percent city income tax rate on resident individuals, higher than allowed in other Michigan cities.</p><p>Changes in state law are necessary to continue the tax rates because of Detroit&#39;s declining population.</p><p>Census statistics show that Detroit&#39;s population fell to 713,777 last year. The decline puts Detroit in danger of losing allowances in state law reserved for cities with a population above 750,000.</p><p>The bills to be signed by Snyder would lower the population threshold to 600,000 so Detroit still qualifies for the tax provisions. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 14:42:03 +0000 The Associated Press 2819 at http://michiganradio.org In wake of Detroit's population loss, lawmakers work to prevent revenue loss http://michiganradio.org/post/wake-detroits-population-loss-lawmakers-work-prevent-revenue-loss <p><strong>Update 5:07 p.m.</strong></p><p>The Michigan Public Radio Network&#39;s Laura Weber reports that most Republicans voted against the change, but Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger was not among them.</p><p>He voted for the measure, which passed by a narrow margin:</p><blockquote><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&quot;I think for a healthy Michigan we have to have a healthy Detroit, so House Republicans put up enough votes for passage and we advance this bill forward today,&quot; said Bolger. &quot;But at the same time, we are certainly concerned about containing their expenses and not looking for additional revenue.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Weber reported that changes to the population requirement now goes to the State Senate, where Democrats hope to have them approved in the next week.</p><p><strong>1:23 p.m.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billanalysis/House/htm/2011-HLA-4623-3.htm">State law</a> stipulates that a city must have a population of at least 750,000 people in order to tax at certain rates.</p><p>In the last census, Detroit&#39;s population fell below that threshold and now stands at 713,777 according to official U.S. Census statistics (that <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-census-challenge">number is being challenged</a>).</p><p>The city could stand to lose $100 million if it had to lower it&#39;s income tax rate.</p><p>Losing this much revenue in Detroit would hurt, so lawmakers in Lansing are working to pass <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28dcpruh45aanyvl45fdnvqxvy%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectName=2011-HB-4623">legislation </a>that will allow the city to keep taxing at current rates.</p><p>The Michigan State House approved a measure today that would allow the city to continue levying taxes on income and utilities by lowering the population threshold to 600,000.</p><p>The <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/house-prepares-lower-population-requirements-detroits-special-taxes">Michigan Public Radio Network&#39;s Laura Weber</a> reported on this last night. Weber spoke with State Senator Bert Johnson (D - Detroit) about the bill. From Weber&#39;s report:</p><blockquote><p>He says he thinks that 600,000 is a safe and low-enough number.</p><p>&ldquo;You know, I think Detroit&rsquo;s days of really hemorrhaging people are probably behind us. We&rsquo;ll lose a few more along the way, but not in the significant numbers that we&rsquo;ve seen over the past decade,&rdquo; Johnson said.</p></blockquote><p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said the city would likely face a financial emergency without changes to the law. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 21:07:47 +0000 Mark Brush 2705 at http://michiganradio.org In wake of Detroit's population loss, lawmakers work to prevent revenue loss Bills would address Detroit's dwindling population http://michiganradio.org/post/bills-would-address-detroits-dwindling-population <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The city of Detroit could continue charging a higher income tax rate than other Michigan cities under terms of legislation pending in the state House.</p><p>The bills that could come up for votes Wednesday also would affect utility user tax rates in Michigan&#39;s largest city.</p><p>Detroit likely needs changes in state law to keep some of its current tax rates because it is losing population. Census statistics show that the Motor City&#39;s population fell from 951,270 in 2000 to 713,777 last year.</p><p>Current state law allows higher personal income tax rates in cities with at least 750,000 people, affecting only Detroit. The law would have to change now that Detroit&#39;s population has dipped<br />below that 750,000 mark.</p><p>Detroit now charges an income tax rate of 2.5 percent for residents. Tue, 31 May 2011 21:04:43 +0000 The Associated Press 2696 at http://michiganradio.org Bills would address Detroit's dwindling population Census shows 50% rise in vacant properties across Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/census-shows-50-rise-vacant-properties-across-michigan <p>The number of vacancies in Michigan rose by nearly 50% over the past decade.</p><p>According to the latest U.S. Census data, the number of vacant housing units across the state jumped from about <a href="http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_00_SLDH_DP1&amp;prodType=table">448,618 in 2000</a> to <a href="http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DP_DPDP1&amp;prodType=table">659,725 in 2010</a>.</p> Thu, 05 May 2011 18:38:17 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 2367 at http://michiganradio.org Census shows 50% rise in vacant properties across Michigan Detroit census challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-census-challenge <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-966621.mp3</p><p>Imagine trying to prove that thousands of people exist, when you have no idea who they are.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the dilemma facing officials who think their communities were undercounted in the 2010 Census.&nbsp; But for Midwest cities preparing to challenge those numbers:&nbsp;How do you find people the Census Bureau missed?&nbsp; We went looking for answers in Detroit.</p><p>When Detroit&rsquo;s numbers came out in March, Mayor Dave Bing quickly summoned the press.&nbsp; The tone was crisis &mdash; as if a natural disaster had struck.&nbsp; And in a way, it had.&nbsp; Detroit had lost a quarter of its people over the last ten years.</p><p>As cameras whirred, the mayor explained that Detroit&rsquo;s population now stood at 713,777.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Personally I don&rsquo;t believe the number is accurate,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp; &ldquo;And I don&rsquo;t believe it will stand up as we go through with our challenge.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Cleveland, Akron and Cincinnati are also considering challenges.&nbsp; Mon, 02 May 2011 21:53:57 +0000 Kate Davidson 2314 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit census challenge Making sense of redistricting http://michiganradio.org/post/making-sense-redistricting <p>The 2010 Census figures, released last month, announced that Michigan was the only state in the nation to lose population in the last decade. Now it is up to the states to redraw their congressional districts based on the findings of the Census.</p><p>Redistricting can play a big role in the political makeup of both state and federal representation. In Michigan, citizens are waiting to see how the Republican-dominated Legislature will handle the task of reshaping the state&rsquo;s congressional districts.</p><p>The main objective of redistricting is to create congressional districts with roughly equal populations in each district, says John Chamberlin, Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan&rsquo;s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It takes account of the fact that people move around the state or people move out of the state. In 2010, if you looked at the populations in state House districts, for instance, there are disparities. So redistricting resets the clock back to roughly equal populations.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Each state handles the task of redistricting differently. In Michigan, redistricting is treated as legislation, with the Legislature creating a bill for passage by the governor. Because the Republican Party controls the Michigan state Senate, House, and governorship, the task of redistricting will fall solely to the Republicans.</p><p>Due to the fact that Michigan lost population since the last redistricting took place, the state will lose one member in the U.S. House of Representatives. Through redistricting, the Michigan Legislature must determine where to combine districts in order to eliminate the district of one U.S. Representative, explains Chamberlin. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 17:32:51 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2094 at http://michiganradio.org Making sense of redistricting Redistricting hearings begin http://michiganradio.org/post/redistricting-hearings-begin <p>West Michigan had the most population growth in the last ten years, while the east side of the state saw the biggest regional population declines in the state. That&rsquo;s according to state demographer Ken Darga. He testified before a state House panel on redrawing Michigan&rsquo;s legislative and congressional districts.</p><p>Detroit is expected to lose a few seats in the Legislature after Michigan&rsquo;s political maps are redrawn. The city saw a 25 percent decline in population since 2000. State demographer Ken Darga says it&rsquo;s unclear right now how political clout will shift around the state:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll have to see how the numbers&mdash;how the districts are drawn. It certainly does though, it does increase the political clout of areas that are growing, and decrease the political clout of areas that are declining in population.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The state&rsquo;s political maps need to be redrawn before this fall. But some Democrats fear Republicans will force the redistricting process through this spring. They say they hope the process is open and fair, and they say the only way to do that is to take time to draw the new lines. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:53:07 +0000 Laura Weber 2052 at http://michiganradio.org Census officials: Successful challenge a longshot http://michiganradio.org/post/census-officials-successful-challenge-longshot <p>Officials with the <a href="http://www.census.gov/regions/detroit/">U.S. Census Bureau </a>warned Detroit City Council members today that challenges to the ten-year Census results are rarely successful.</p><p>Detroit is hoping to add 36,000 people to its total. But in 2000, only 2,700 people were added to the rolls after all challenges in the country were complete. That&rsquo;s 2,700 people in a nation of 281 million people.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 20:16:35 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1995 at http://michiganradio.org Census officials: Successful challenge a longshot Redrawing the political map of Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/redrawing-political-map-michigan <p>A state House panel next week will begin the process of redrawing Michigan&rsquo;s political maps. The first hearing will focus on results from the 2010 U-S Census.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan lost population over the past decade, and the state will lose a seat in the U.S. House. With Republicans controlling all branches of state government, Democrats are worried that new district lines will target a vulnerable Democratic seat like that of US Congressman Gary Peters.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The state House Redistricting and Elections Committee is chaired by Republican Representative Pete Lund. Lund led the successful GOP push to retake the Michigan House last fall. Lund said in a statement that he looks forward to the hearings and, <em>&quot;</em>a fair, effective redistricting process for our state<em>.&quot;</em> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 19:13:56 +0000 Laura Weber 1962 at http://michiganradio.org Redrawing the political map of Michigan