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Census Wrong

07.03.07 | technician | In government, demographics

Once again things are not as they seem in Detroit. The census is way off the mark when it comes to certain numbers in downtown Detroit demographics. They may also be off the mark when it comes to Detroit’s total current population and the city government is currently challenging the latest figures which may not take into account all the recent developments in the greater downtown area. Cities like St. Louis have challenged the census and won in the past.

A study of downtown Detroit and surrounding neighborhoods released in October showed that the central city has more residents and income than is projected in Census figures.

For instance, the average household income for downtown residents in Social Compact’s report was $59,300, 33 percent higher than the Census’ projected average of $44,600.

About 27 percent of downtown residents have incomes between $100,000 and $249,999, and about 43 percent have incomes between $50,000 and $99,999, according to Social Compact.

The report said 74,300 residents lived in downtown Detroit and surrounding neighborhoods, 13.3 percent greater than the Census’ 2006 population estimate of 65,500.

New downtown residents are largely young professionals according to Social Compact. About 57 percent are ages 25-34. Forty-two percent live alone, and 33 percent are living with a spouse or a partner but have no children. Also, 45 percent have a bachelor’s degree and 34 percent a master’s or professional degree.

[via Crain’s Detroit]

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