Huntington Woods' population rose from 6,151 in 2000 to 6,238 in 2010, an increase of 87 people, or approximately 1.4 percent of the city's population, U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Tuesday show.
The growth defied analysts' forecasts, which predicted Huntington Woods would see a population decline, City Manager Alex Allie said Tuesday.
"All the projections had our population going down, so good," he said. "There are kids being born out there, so that's good news."
Allie said the uptick is the city's first in 30 years and attributed its previous decline to more people marrying later in life and having smaller families, as well as an aging population.
Hopefully, "the city's population has bottomed out and is going back up," he said.
Allie, who had been in Lansing hearing details of Gov. Snyder's budget plans, said Huntington Woods' population increase bodes well for the city, which gets much of its revenue on a per capita basis.
"This was the only good news of the day," he said.
Elsewhere in the area, the census data shows Oakland County's population had a slight increase of 0.6 percent. Livingston County's population increased by 15 percent, from 157,000 in 2000 to almost 181,000 in 2010. Macomb and Washtenaw counties each saw a rise of almost 7 percent, from 780,000 in 2000 to 841,000 in 2010 and 323,000 in 2000 to 345,000, respectively.
Wayne County was hit with a nearly 12 percent decline in residents. Its change was affected in large part by the steep decline in the population of Detroit, which fell almost 25 percent since 2000 to 713,777.
"Detroit's population loss is the largest of any city in the past 10 years, excluding New Orleans, which was affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005," said Lisa Niedert, data services manager at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research Population Studies Center in Ann Arbor.
The population for the state of Michigan also decreased, down 0.5 percent to 9,883,640 residents.
In some of the state's largest communities. Rochester Hills and Dearborn saw increases of 3.2 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively. Populations fell in cities such as Farmington Hills, down 2.9 percent since 2000, and St. Clair Shores, which showed a 5.4 percent decrease.
What the census data means
The census is released every 10 years as a way to gauge the population across the country. The government uses the data to redraw political boundaries and allocate federal dollars.
Whether counties and communities gained or lost population, southeast Michigan is losing political clout and federal funding, according to Xuan Liu, manager of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) data center. SEMCOG represents seven counties: St. Clair, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Wayne, Washtenaw and Monroe.
About $300 billion is allocated annually through the federal government, he said. "With the 2.7 percent decline we're seeing for the region, that could have a significant impact on the funding we get," he said.
Wayne County had a "much more severe" population loss than anywhere else in the region, losing 12 percent of its population, Liu said. Having just gotten the numbers, he could not comment on race data for the region, and said income data won't be released until the end of the year.
Erica Raleigh, a research analyst with Data Driven Detroit, said there are some bright spots for Michigan in the 2010 census data, including the high increase in Livingston County, which is part of the Detroit Combined Statistical area.
"Any increase higher than 10 percent in the Detroit area is just fantastic," Raleigh said. "I'm really excited about the 15 percent increase in Livingston County. It's uplifting to know that people are moving into that area."
The state's shifting demographics
Overall, however, Michigan experienced a 3 percent decline in white population and a 1.3 percent decrease in the black population.
"Percentage-wise, there were large increases in the Asian and Hispanic populations, each gained about 35 percent," Liu said. He said the actual numbers of those populations was smaller, so the large percentages don't necessarily mean much larger numbers. But 2010 census numbers show "the state is more diverse."
Age data is also limited to the population over age 18, because the numbers will be used for redrawing legislative boundaries.
"They're only concerned about who can vote," Liu said.
Because Michigan lost population among those 18 and older, he said, the state will lose a Congressional seat.
The census is released every 10 years as a way to gauge the population across the country. The government uses the data to redraw political boundaries. It is also used to allocate federal dollars.
Come back to Patch for updates and complete reports.
By the numbersHuntington Woods, 2000 Huntington Woods, 2010 Oakland County, 2000 Oakland County, 2010 Detroit, 2000 Detroit, 2010 Michigan, 2000 Michigan, 2010 Total 6,151 6,238 1,194,156 1,202,362 951,270 713,777 9,938,444 9,883,640 Population of one race 6,112 6,168 1,171,945 1,176,032 929,229 697,877 9,746,028 9,653,321 White alone 5,964 5,986 988,194 928,912 116,599 75,758 7,966,053 7,803,120 Black or African-American alone 42 63 120,720 164,078 775,772 590,226 1,412,742 1,400,362 American Indian or Alaska Native alone 3 10 3,270 3,376 3,140 2,636 58,479 62,007 Asian alone 87 78 49,402 67,828 9,268 7,559 176,510 238,199 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 0 0 295 254 251 129 2,692 2,604 Some other race alone 16 31 10,064 11,584 24,199 21,569 129,552 147,029 Population of two or more races 39 70 22,211 26,330 22,041 15,900 192,416 230,319 Hispanic or Latino (cultural designation, may be any race) 54 99 28,999 41,920 47,167 48,679 323,877 436,358 Age 18 or older (eligible to vote) 4,517 4,530 893,396 920,257 655,561 523,430 7,342,677 7,539,572
Source: U.S. Census Bureau