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The U.S. Census Bureau just released new population estimates. According to estimates, Grand Rapids added more people in the last year (July 1, 2008 - July 1, 2009) than any other community in the eight county area (Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa).


Top Gainers 2008-2009:

Grand Rapids                    +551

Allendale Charter Township      +368

Wyoming                         +321

Kentwood                        +294

Cascade Charter Township        +207

Plainfield Charter Township     +207

Gaines Charter Township         +180

Ada Township                    +176

Byron Township                  +161

Caledonia Township              +155


Top Gainers 2000-2009:

Allendale Charter Township    +6,649

Holland Charter Township      +5,597

Gaines Charter Township       +4,470

Byron Township                +3,781

Georgetown Charter Township   +3,710

Caledonia Township            +3,350

Grand Haven Charter Township  +2,627

Ada Township                  +2,403

Kentwood                      +2,382

Plainfield Charter Township   +2,080


Largest Commnunities in 2009:

Grand Rapids                 193,710

Wyoming                       70,679

Kentwood                      47,641

Georgetown Charter Township   45,368

Muskegon                      39,259

Holland Charter Township      34,518

Holland                       34,053

Plainfield Charter Township   32,275

Gaines Charter Township       24,582

Walker                        23,802

Norton Shores                 23,266

Byron Township                21,317

Allendale Charter Township    19,691

Park Township                 18,369

Muskegon Charter Township     18,273

Cascade Charter Townshin      17,162

Grandville                    16,758

Grand Haven Charter Township  15,905

Grand Rapids Charter Township 15,141

Spring Lake Township          14,245

Alpine Township               13,827

Cannon Township               13,596

Fruitport Charter Township    12,913

Caledonia Township            12,314

Ada Township                  12,285

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The U.S. Census Bureau just released new population estimates. According to estimates, Grand Rapids added more people in the last year (July 1, 2008 - July 1, 2009) than any other community in the eight county area (Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa).


Top Gainers 2008-2009:

Grand Rapids                    +551

Allendale Charter Township      +368

Wyoming                         +321

Kentwood                        +294

Cascade Charter Township        +207

Plainfield Charter Township     +207

Gaines Charter Township         +180

Ada Township                    +176

Byron Township                  +161

Caledonia Township              +155


Top Gainers 2000-2009:

Allendale Charter Township    +6,649

Holland Charter Township      +5,597

Gaines Charter Township       +4,470

Byron Township                +3,781

Georgetown Charter Township   +3,710

Caledonia Township            +3,350

Grand Haven Charter Township  +2,627

Ada Township                  +2,403

Kentwood                      +2,382

Plainfield Charter Township   +2,080


Largest Commnunities in 2009:

Grand Rapids                 193,710

Wyoming                       70,679

Kentwood                      47,641

Georgetown Charter Township   45,368

Muskegon                      39,259

Holland Charter Township      34,518

Holland                       34,053

Plainfield Charter Township   32,275

Gaines Charter Township       24,582

Walker                        23,802

Norton Shores                 23,266

Byron Township                21,317

Allendale Charter Township    19,691

Park Township                 18,369

Muskegon Charter Township     18,273

Cascade Charter Townshin      17,162

Grandville                    16,758

Grand Haven Charter Township  15,905

Grand Rapids Charter Township 15,141

Spring Lake Township          14,245

Alpine Township               13,827

Cannon Township               13,596

Fruitport Charter Township    12,913

Caledonia Township            12,314

Ada Township                  12,285

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Frankly raw numbers aren't impressive. When GR loses people, we talk percentages. When it gains, we should do the same. A net gain of 551 out of 200,000 is essentially holding even.

Now, all that said, I think most cities are probably losing people, so any gains at all are impressive in that context.

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I am curious regarding the relative sizes of Grand Rapids and Detroit in the latest estimates. Around 1950, Detroit had more than 10 times the population of GR. At this point, my guess is that Detroit is only about 3.5 times bigger.

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I am curious regarding the relative sizes of Grand Rapids and Detroit in the latest estimates. Around 1950, Detroit had more than 10 times the population of GR. At this point, my guess is that Detroit is only about 3.5 times bigger.

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GR still lost ground, compared to the rest of the country. Our ranking went from 114th to 115th.

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Now, Detroit is about 4.7 times larger.

Detroit 910,920

Grand Rapids 193,710

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OK. One source that I read had Detroit's population below 800,000.

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GR still lost ground, compared to the rest of the country. Our ranking went from 114th to 115th.

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