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Grand Rapids' population grows
U.S. Census Bureau estimates say Grand Rapids and its surrounding suburbs led to much of Michigan's population growth last year.
Grand Rapids surpassed the 200,000 population mark in the yearly estimates released today, The Detroit News reports.
Grand Rapids showed a population of 200,217 as of last summer, an increase of 1,135 residents. Growth was also reported in surrounding communities.
The figures show that Detroit's population continued to decline, but the losses were smaller than in past years.
The estimates show 672,662 residents as of last summer, a loss of 1,526. The Detroit area's biggest gainers include the suburbs of Macomb Township, Canton Township and Novi.