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Michigan population

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The U.S. Census Bureau has released its 2016 population estimates for U.S. counties and metro areas. Michigan was, again, notable for high decline in one place: Wayne County.

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Governor Rick Snyder says enforcing immigration laws is not a top priority of state and local police in Michigan. That’s after President Donald Trump signed executive orders to curtail immigration from majority Muslim countries, and targeting immigrants in the country illegally.

“I don’t see that as one of their primary functions. We’re actually doing very well bringing violent crime down within the state of Michigan,” he said. “I appreciate the great work of the State Police and or local partners, and we’re going to continue to work hard on making Michigan a safer place.”

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Governor Rick Snyder has set a goal of getting Michigan’s population above 10 million people before the next U.S. Census. It was part of the governor’s seventh State of the State address delivered at the state Capitol.      

It’s been 10 years since more than 10 million people called Michigan home. Thousands fled the state through two recessions, and the near-collapse of the auto industry.

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Population estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau suggest Michigan could lose a congressional seat in 2020. 

Michigan's population grew by 6,270 people from July 2014 to July 2o15, and that growth is small compared to states in the South and the West, according  to Kurt Metzger, founder of Data Driven Detroit. 

"There's no way we're going to be able to regain the seat that seems to be on the way out," said Metzger.