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Detroit sees population growth for first time since 1957

Detroit sees population growth for first time since 1950s
Detroit sees population growth for first time since 1950s 03:59

(CBS DETROIT) — After decades of decline, Detroit's population population is finally growing once again, according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Detroit gained 1,852 residents between July 1, 2022, and July 1, 2023, bringing its population to 633,366. The city went decades without seeing growth, instead seeing population declines every year since 1958.

Following the release of the new data, Detroit now ranks as the 26th most populous city in the United States, up three places from the 29th spot in 2023, and moving above Memphis, Louisville and Portland.

"We have known for some time that Detroit's population has been growing, but this is the first time the US Census Bureau has confirmed it in its official estimate," said Mayor Mike Duggan.

Duggan has maintained that the one true measure of success would be whether more people were moving into the city than out of it.

"This day is for the Detroiters who stayed and for everyone who has put in the hard work to make Detroit a great place to live," Duggan said.

In 2022, the U.S. Census Bureau's estimates put Detroit's population at 620,376, but that was revised to 631,218 after Duggan challenged those numbers.

Detroit also saw the largest growth in population of any city in Michigan.

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