Some County Commissions Shrinking

Apportionment committees see little need of keeping large county commissions in wake of population exodus.

If 12 Michigan Senate Dems Want Reform Will They Be Heard?

Like the proverbial tree in the forest, Michigan’s Senate Democrats are trying to make some noise about the redistricting process. Voters in the 2010 elections gave Republicans a so-called “super majority,” i.e., at least two-thirds of the members, in the state’s Senate. Senate Democrats face an enormous hurdle to get their legislation passed — but […]

Another take on Detroit's census numbers — exodus of a Black middle class

Henry Payne, editor of The Michigan writes that, like their white counter-parts before them, middle class African-Americans are fleeing Detroit in big numbers. What do you think?

Michigan Census Results & Redistricting

Map of Michigan Cenus

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B.C., Calhoun County officials 'relieved' less than 2% population drop not worse

A decade of economic hardship resulted in a slight loss of population for Calhoun County and area communities. The number of county residents fell 1.3 percent to 136,146, according to data from the 2010 U.S. Census released Tuesday. Most communities in the county lost residents. Battle Creek’s population, for example, fell 1.9 percent to 52,347. […]

Census 2010: Bay County's population decrease could have been worse

BAY CITY — Spin it how you want, but 2010 Census population numbers could have been worse for Bay City and Bay County. Bay City Mayor Chris Shannon actually admitted he was expecting worse. “Some of the trending mid-point numbers we saw had me expecting it to be 32,000 or 33,000,” he said. “I was […]

Snyder: Michigan census shows it's crucial to reinvent state

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder today released the following statement on the just released Michigan Census numbers. “The census figures clearly show how crucial it is to reinvent Michigan. It is time for all of us to realign our expectations so that they reflect today’s realities. We cannot cling to the old ways of doing business. This […]

Tom Walsh: 2010 census may be final thud before comeback

Think of the 2010 census numbers as the “thud” moment for the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. Michigan has been a slow-growth state since the 1970s. Detroit’s population has been dropping for 60 years. But while the trends may be familiar, the stark numbers for the first decade of the 21st Century […]