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Census: Grand Rapids is fastest-growing metro in Michigan

March 24, 2016
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New U.S. Census Bureau figures show the Grand Rapids area is the fastest-growing metro in Michigan.

The numbers released today by the bureau say the Grand Rapids metro, which includes Barry, Kent, Montcalm and Ottawa counties, showed 0.9-percent growth from July 2014 to July 2015.

The Ann Arbor metro grew 0.5 percent.

Overall, Michigan's population increased 0.06 percent to 9,922,576.

Wayne County, which includes Detroit, lost 6,673 residents, a 0.4-percent drop.

Kurt Metzger, founder of Data Driven Detroit, told the Detroit Free Press the data point could signal a stabilization of population losses in Detroit.

Metzger told The Detroit News the stabilization could be "due to a combination of new residents in the core and select neighborhoods and a large, poor population that is unable to move."

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