Michigan was the only state to lose population in the past decade, according to census data, and its economy was hit harder than any other stateís, according to the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States index. As the state declined, so did its municipalities: Flint, Benton Harbor, Pontiac and Ecorse all have emergency managers, as do Detroitís schools.
September unemployment was 20.6 percent, twice the state average, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. About 38 percent of residents lived in poverty in 2010, including 54 percent of children under 18, according to Census figures. Median household income was $29,500 compared with $48,700 statewide, the data show.
Twenty-three percent of housing units were vacant, compared with 10.3 percent in 2000, according to the data. The median value of housing was $53,900, compared with $123,000 statewide.Its population fell 25 percent to 714,000 since 2000, according to 2010 U.S. Census data that suggest tens of thousands moved to suburbs. Nearly half of Detroitís adults, roughly 200,000, are functionally illiterate, according to the National Institute for Literacy.
There is the possibility that other cities will face similar fate.