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Kurt on Michigan Moving Data

By Louis Bach, Communications

Source: Bridge Magazine

If you enjoyed Rob’s analysis of Michigan moving data, be sure to check out Kurt’s article on that data in Bridge Magazine. Kurt fact-checks statements that Governor Snyder made during his 2012 State of the State Address. Snyder claimed that Michigan’s net migration had [Read on...]

ArtServe Michigan on the Creative State of Our Economy

ArtServe Michigan recently released a report regarding the importance of the arts and culture as a stimulus to economic improvement in the State of Michigan. One of the results of their Michigan Culture Data Project finds that “in 2010, arts, culture and historical attractions and events accounted for $2.1 billion, or 17 percent, of total [Read on...]

Immigration hero

The following appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the January 24, 2012 issue of the Detroit Free Press.


Immigration hero

I wanted to express my congratulations, as well as those of the staff of Data Driven Detroit (D3), to State Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, who was recently named one of the top [Read on...]

When Demographic Analysis Causes Concern

In late December, the Census Bureau released its latest population estimates for the nation and states. Since Michigan was the only state to lose population over the last decade, but appeared to be coming out of the recession on the back of a revived auto industry, I anticipated continued loss but hoped for a slight [Read on...]

The Importance of Migration in Michigan

By Louis Bach, Communications

Counties of origin for new Oakland County residents, 2009-2010

D3 Director Kurt Metzger is in the news again, this time featured in a Macomb Daily article covering his analysis of migration patterns in Macomb County. In the report, Kurt examines the counties of origin for new Macomb residents and the [Read on...]

Michigan Movers and Migrants

by Rob Linn, Research AnalystEarlier this month, three of the nation’s largest moving companies – United Van Lines, Allied Van Lines, and Atlas Van Lines – released their annual migration pattern studies. These studies, each based upon the origins and destinations of their respective clients in 2011, are often a leading indicator of looming economic [Read on...]

Detroit’s Data Guru Featured on WDET

by Louis Bach, Communications

Excerpted from WDET's survey results summary (click for PDF)

Our own Kurt Metzger was featured on today’s episode of the Craig Fahle Show on WDET, contributing to the ongoing series questioning what it would take for someone to move to Detroit. The series is an outgrowth of a dialogue that [Read on...]

When You Write About Geographic Areas, Please Be Specific!

by Kurt Metzger, Director

The Census collects data on many geographic levels, and failing to make the distinction between cities and metropolitan areas can create inaccurate or misleading statistics.

We at Data Driven Detroit (D3) take our data and our geographic definitions seriously. Last year we ranted about Forbes Magazine and their discussion about [Read on...]

Two Pyramids Are Twice as Good as One

by Kevin Chapo, GIS Specialist

Please join us in bidding farewell to Kevin Chapo as he goes on to pursue other opportunities. Enjoy Kevin’s musings on a century-old proposal to build a stone pyramid in the city of Detroit.

An interesting article about Detroit surfaced during D3’s hours laboring through old academic texts. In [Read on...]