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Survey finds fewer families with children in Detroit

August 23, 2017

Candice Williams, from The Detroit News, focuses on statistics about Detroit’s families with children, and population and job growth, using data from Detroit Future City’s 139 Square Miles report.

Survey finds fewer families with children in Detroit
The Detroit News
By: Candice Williams
August 23, 2017

The city has seen the number of families with children decline by 43 percent since 2000 with only about a quarter of households with children, according to a report released this week from the nonprofit Detroit Future City, which also detailed a slowing population decline and job growth.

In a 77-page report, “139 Square Miles,” the average size of Detroit households has declined over the past decade, with an average 2.6 people per household, similar to the country as a whole.

Detroit households with children now make up 26 percent of the city, down from 34 percent in 2000. The figures take into account other types of households in the city that also saw a decline: non-family households make up about 44 percent and households without children, about 31 percent.

In 2000, there were 115,000 families with children living in Detroit; in 2015 there were 65,000 families with children, said Edward Lynch, a planner for Detroit Future City.

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