Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan blasts Census data, says city undercounted by 'at least 10%'

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Posted at 3:15 PM, Aug 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-12 15:15:12-04

(WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the census figures release for the city of Detroit don't add up and he will be pursuing legal remedies after the data was released Thursday.

Duggan says the figures show the city was undercounted by "at least 10%" in the new data.

He released the following statement about the census data:

This is exactly what Rep. Tlaib and I predicted on October 28th when we were joined by Census workers who shared their stories about how Detroit neighborhoods were being undercounted and were upset that the count was shut down a month before originally planned.

The Census data released today says Detroit has only 254,000 occupied households. DTE reports there are nearly 280,000 residential households currently paying electric bills. At a minimum, the Census somehow failed to count 25,000 occupied houses with running electricity.

It appears the Census Bureau has undercounted Detroit’s population by at least 10%. We will be pursuing our legal remedies to get Detroit an accurate count.
Mayor Mike Duggan