The estimates released Thursday come as the 2020 census is
underway. But as of May 19, Detroit's response rate for the
latest census was 46% _ one of the lowest of the nation's big
cities, according to The Detroit News. That stands in contrast
to a statewide rate of 66%, which is fourth highest in the U.S.
Mayor Mike Duggan said it's important to make sure every
resident is counted in 2020 since nearly $30 billion in federal
funding based on population data is accessible to Michigan every
``For us to get the resources we deserve, we need to make sure
everyone is counted,'' said Kerry Ebersole Singh,
executive director of the Michigan 2020 Census.
Michigan's population overall grew slightly in 2019, by nearly
2,800 residents to just under 10 million, according to census
director of research and data analysis for the Southeast
Michigan Council of Governments, said the Detroit area's
population is shrinking because fewer people are moving to the
city, more are moving out, and the population is aging.
``That trend doesn't help the city,'' Liu said in an email.
``The current pandemic may also have negative impacts on the
city's population, as social distancing doesn't favor higher
density, and even fewer people may migrate to here.''