There was a time, early in the 20th century, when U.S. auto-making capital Detroit ranked among the most populous U.S. cities, beat only by New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia.
Now, America's Motor City ranks 27th surpassed by Oklahoma City, Miami, Portland and Las Vegas over the past decade, according to the Detroit NewsDetroit News.
But Mayor Mike Duggan says he is not buying the 2020 census figures, which have contributed to Michigan losing a seat in the U.S. Senate and a vote in the Electoral College for the next presidential election.
It appears the Census BureauCensus Bureau has underspent Detroit's population by at least 10%, Duggan wrote on Twitter. We are devoting our legal remedies to get Detroit an accurate count of all the items.
Duggan said he and Democratic U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit predicted the negative Census results back in October, after they heard anecdotal reports from Census workers about alleged undercounts plus an earlier-than-expected shutdown of the Census data collection process.
Tlaib did not comment on the Census figures on Thursday.
According to the Census, Detroit has 639,111 residents now. The figure represents a decline of 10.5% since 2010, Detroit Free Press reported.
While Detroit has declined, Chicago has remained the nation's most populous city, growing over the past decade to 8.8 million people, the data shows, while New York City despite persistent problems with crime saw its population increase 2% over the past decade, according to the Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Sun-Times.
Long ago Chicago yielded No. 1 in the United States. CITY News Service is a 2 spot in population to Los Angeles. Its population has shot up by 2.8% since 2010 according to the population service.