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Is your local area gaining or losing residents? The latest U.S. Census shows Michigan moving statistics about which local cities are gaining in population and which cities are declining in their number of residents.

The numbers might surprise you. There’s always some controversy on how accurate the numbers are, too. But, here are the latest results, according to the U.S. Census.

Detroit continued to lose population in 2022, according to the report. This is a trend that’s been going on for some time now. The Motor City lost about 1 percent of its population, about 7,791. It fell to the 29th biggest city in the country, according to the U.S. Census. Of course, this is Detroit proper. It doesn’t count all the suburbs and neighboring areas outside of Wayne County. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan had an issue with the numbers and said on Twitter that the Census Bureau was a “complete national clown show.” He said postal records prove the city has more than 2,300 more homes getting mail in 2022. Moreover, he says Detroit added 4,000 homes in 2021.

Other Michigan cities that lost more than 1,000 residents, according to the study, are Warren and Dearborn. Also, Michigan’s second-biggest city, Grand Rapids, lost 843 people. The city lost 947 people the previous year.

It’s not all doom and gloom, though, when it comes to Michigan moving. Many college towns gained in population, largely as students came back to classes following the pandemic. East Lansing, which has Michigan State University, saw its population go from 34,532 to 47,340. Ann Arbor, where the University of Michigan is based, gained 805 residents. Other “college towns,” such as Marquette (Northern Michigan University) and Ypsilanti (Eastern Michigan University) also gained in population. According to the U.S. Census, Michigan lost 3,400 residents from 2021 to 2022. For the full study and more information, go here.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio. She started on the airwaves shortly after graduating from MSU. Anne has a passion for rock and metal, and she also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson! Anne covers the Detroit, Philadelphia and Las Vegas markets and beyond.

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