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Now isn't this something? Michigan is actually growing.
The Detroit News reports that, well, why don't I just flat out copy them directly,
Grand Traverse County led the population surge in the northwest, increasing 12 percent from 2000-10 to 86,986 people. Emmet County grew 4 percent to 32,694 people, and Leelanau County 2.8 rose percent to 21,708 people.This reiterates what I've been thinking for a while. Hidden gems don't stay hidden for too long. People are starting to figure out that at least in the warmer months, Northern Michigan is one of the greatest places to be in North America.
Of course, it is also that the folks from Detroit that are moving up north. It is no secret to those who already live in Michigan know that "up north" is pretty darn awesome. Maybe it's the older retired folks who realized the game is over in SE Michigan and have finally called a spade a spade and took off for greener pastures.
Who knows what will become of this in the next decade, but it is definitely something to keep an eye on and could be the location where Michigan starts to make its move back to prominence.
It's a thought.