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Detroit Population Falls Below 1M

March 28, 2001

DETROIT (AP) _ In a blow to civic pride, Detroit’s census count fell below 1 million residents for the first time in 80 years.

Detroit’s population in the 2000 census stood at 951,270, down from 1,027,974 in 1990, according to census numbers released Wednesday by Gov. John Engler’s office.

The last time Detroit’s population fell below the 1 million mark was in the 1920 census, when it stood at 993,678. The city peaked at 1,849,568 in 1950.

Hoping that the census count would stay above 1 million, the city had waged an aggressive awareness campaign with a slogan of ``Fill it out! Mail it in!″ The slogan was played on television and radio stations, at town hall meetings and at block clubs.

Also losing residents in the 2000 census were Flint, which fell from 143,913 to 124,943; and Lansing, down from 129,417 to 119,128. Grand Rapids, however, grew from 191,830 to 197,800.

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