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Federal officials claim Detroit is losing its residents, mayor say census is a "national clown show".


Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is disputing new reporting from the U.S. Census Bureau. Federal officials claim the city continues to lose residents.

The Census Bureau estimates Detroit’s population was just over 620,000 as of last July. That’s down 8,000 from 2021 estimations. Duggan says the statistics have no basis in reality, and plans on contesting the figures.

“We don’t know what numbers they’re using. But we are going to know very shortly, and once we do we’ll show them where they’re wrong.” said Duggan.

Duggan says data from the U.S. Postal Service and local utility companies shows the federal government is under-counting the city. Detroit previously challenged the results of the 2020 census, which showed a nearly 11% population loss in the last decade. Afterwards, 1,500 people were added to the counts.

Eli Newman is a Reporter/Producer for 101.9 WDET, covering breaking news, politics and community affairs. Newman is an award-winning radio journalist and was named the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Broadcast Rising Star in 2017. His work has appeared on NPR, Marketplace and the Detroit Free Press among others. Newman joined WDET as a newsroom intern in 2014 and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he first worked in radio at the student-run station WCBN.