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« Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 925 -- Education. | WILLisms.com | Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 927 -- Texas Versus Other Top 20 States. »

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 926 -- Detroit Versus Texas Suburbs.

Texas > Michigan-

The motor city is in a funk, despite the Chrysler television ads depicting a classic, gritty resilience in Detroit.

Detroit lost a quarter of its population over the past decade:

Detroit's population plunged 25% in the past decade to 713,777, the lowest count since 1910, four years before Henry Ford offered $5 a day to autoworkers, sparking a boom that quadrupled the Motor City's size in the first half of the 20th century.

The Motor City's 237,493-resident decline helped make Michigan the only state to experience a net population loss since 2000.

According to 2010 Census figures released Tuesday, the city lost, on average, one resident every 22 minutes between 2000 and 2010.

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Fueled by the implosion of the domestic auto industry, the Motor City's 237,493-resident decline helped make Michigan the only state to experience a net population loss since 2000.

Overall, the state's population fell by about 54,000, a 0.6% decline at a time when the nation's population grew about 9.7%. Michigan's population in the decade peaked in 2006 and has been declining since, according to Census figures.

Here's what that population decline looks like, as people have moved out of union-and-liberal-dominated Detroit for greener pastures:

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People in Detroit packed up and moved to places like Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas.

Contrast that with Williamson County, a suburban county bordering Travis County (Austin) in Texas:

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While Detroit lost roughly 175 thousand people in the past decade, Williamson County, Texas grew 64.3%, adding roughly a quarter million people over the same time.

Williamson County is not unusual in Texas, either. Montgomery County (The Woodlands, North of Houston) grew 52.4%, adding more than a 150 thousand people. Denton County, just North of Fort Worth, added more than 200 thousand people, growing at a rate of 52.1%. Tarrant County (Fort Worth) itself grew by 23.8%, adding more than 300,000 people.

There's a reason Texas is gaining new Congressional seats and Michigan is losing them. There's a reason Texas is adding more jobs than any other state, especially Michigan. There's a reason Texas, not Michigan or California, is by far the top exporting state in America.

If you're actually sitting there wondering what the reason(s) might be, go peruse the WILLisms.com archives for a little while and report back.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Education-- Wisconsin Versus Texas.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 23 March 2011 10:14 AM

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ty nice Trivia Tidbit of the Day
zoozli

Posted by: zoozli at March 28, 2011 04:06 PM