Population in Michigan holding steady

Published 3:47 am Tuesday, December 26, 2006

By Staff
LANSING – New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that Michigan's population for 2006 is 10,095,643 persons, a decrease of about 5,000 from last year.
"Michigan's estimated population is essentially unchanged over the past two years," said Michigan's state demographer, Kenneth Darga.
"The new estimates say that Michigan had an increase of 7,000 last year and a decrease of 5,000 this year. Both of these changes are well within the margin of error for these estimates."
Michigan's estimated population for 2006 reflects several small changes from last year: a decrease in births, an increase in deaths and an increase in net out-migration to other states.
At least two of these changes may be overstated, Darga said.
The new estimates reflect only 125,014 births for 2005, but the actual count from the Michigan Department of Community Health is 127,518.
Likewise, the new figures reflect 88,987 deaths for 2005 while MDCH counted only 86,785.