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Thursday, April 8, 2004

Region bleeds residents

Despite departures, recent births keep population rising

By Jennifer Brooks / The Detroit News

Metro Detroit counties are finding it increasingly difficult to attract new residents and to hold on to the residents they have, the latest census figures show.

Last year, 27,000 more people moved out of Wayne County than moved in. In Oakland, the out-migration topped 6,782 people, up from the 6,295 who left in 2000.

Many of the people who moved out of Wayne and Oakland wound up in the growing bedroom communities of Macomb and Livingston counties, although those counties saw the numbers of incoming residents drop sharply last year as well.

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It will be difficult for Michigan to regain some of the ground the are losing. Two of the items mentioned in this article, climate and cost of living, both will be extremely difficult to change.

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It will be difficult for Michigan to regain some of the ground the are losing. Two of the items mentioned in this article, climate and cost of living, both will be extremely difficult to change.

Very true. The climate does keep some people away, but in reality, most people move where they can find a job. Places in the south are growing because that is where the majority of the jobs in the country are being created. Throughout the 90s, people were flocking here. We had many new jobs being created. It looked like the boom would never stop. It did. The boom days of the 90s are gone now, and we are suffering. The loss of manufacturig jobs did not help one bit. Our economy is way too reliant on manufacturing. The business climate here is awful right now. Fortunately, top economists have predicted that this year will be one of the largest economic rebounds in Michigan's history. Things are looking better so far. Hopefully they will continue to improve.

The cost of living in metro Detroit is actually lower than most places in the country. As low as Atlanta's? No. But it's certainly much lower here than in Chicago, or any city on the coasts.

Obviously, it's hard to pin this on any one thing. This is a complex issue with many factors. Michigan can turn reverse this trend by creating a more business friendly climate & by diversifying its economy. I read an excellent article on this a few months back. I'll see if I can dig it up.

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