According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2014 population estimates, which were released last week, Michigan is growing for the third straight year, albeit at a modest rate. While Detroit is still losing population as it has done for decades, the rate of loss is slowing.
"Detroit shed an estimated 6,424 residents last year — about 1 percent of its population — and has lost an estimated 30,945 residents since 2010," writes MLive's Jonathan Oosting.
So what are the fastest growing communities in southeast Michigan between 2013 and 2014? In Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, the answer is outlying townships.
In Wayne County, which itself lost 1 percent of its population last year, Brownstown and Canton charter townships experienced the greatest rate of growth.
In Oakland County, whose population grew by 0.5 percent, Lyon and Oakland charter townships grew the fastest.
Washtenaw County's population grew by 0.6 percent, with Macomb and Washington townships leading the way.
The cities that declined in population throughout metro Detroit tended to be near suburbs and central cities.
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