Poll predicts Detroit to lose 40% of residents within five years - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Poll predicts Detroit to lose 40% of residents within five years

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (MyFoxDetroit) -

A comprehensive poll has concluded 40% of Detroit residents will move out within the next five years. That totals to about 300,000 people – leaving Detroit with a population of less than 500,000.

The poll was commissioned by The Detroit News and funded by the Thompson Foundation.

800 residents were contacted by phone last month, asked to share their feelings on Detroit's leadership, schools, transportation, quality of life, and overall optimism of the city.

The results?

66% of people say the city is on the wrong track

58% say crime is the biggest challenge

13% say unemployment or the economy is the biggest challenge

51% would live in another city if they could

40% plan to leave the city within five years

57% of those planning to leave are families with children


Back from 2000 to 2010 the city lost a quarter of its residents, averaging about one person lost every 22 minutes.

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