Detroit Evening Report: Detroit suing U.S. Census Bureau, claims population undercounted

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Detroit is suing the U.S. Census Bureau for allegedly undercounting residents — specifically Black and Hispanic residents.

The city says the federal agency estimated Detroit lost 7,000 people from 2020-2021 and used that number in a formula to estimate how many people reside in the city.

But Mayor Mike Duggan says data from the postal service and utility companies suggest more people have moved to the city and that its population is growing. Duggan says according to the Census Bureau’s own estimates of undercounting Black and Hispanic populations across the country, they should estimate there are 20,000 more people in Detroit than they counted.

The Census estimates there are around 640,000 residents in Detroit. The city’s population is used to determine how much federal funding the city receives and affects the number of representatives in Congress in districts that include the city.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.