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Moms, Place, and Low Birth Weight, Part 2: Does Place Matter?

This is the second in a three-part series examining correlates of low birth weight in babies born in 2010, 2011, and 2012 in Detroit, Wayne County outside of Detroit, Oakland County, and Macomb County. Low birth weight (LBW), defined as 2500 grams or less[1], is a significant contributor to Detroit’s alarmingly high infant mortality rate.[2] [Read on...]

Moms, Place, and Low Birth Weight, Part 1: Detroit

In an influential January 30, 2014 Detroit News article entitled “Detroit is Deadliest City for Children,” the author, Karen Bouffard, wrote, “In 2010, Detroit (population about 713,000) and Cleveland (population about 390,000) had the highest infant mortality rates of Big City America: 13.5 deaths for every 1,000 live births — higher than [Read on...]

New Census Projections Underscore Changing Demographics

Kurt Metzger, Director

Figure 1. Projected National Race and Ethnic Trends, 2015 – 2060

New population projections from the Census Bureau make it quite clear that the U.S. population will be considerably older and more racially and ethnically diverse by 2060. These projections of the nation’s population by [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...]