Though Detroit is still far and away Michigan’s biggest metro area, the population of the city itself has been shrinking for decades. In 1950, Detroit was home to 1.8 million people, but today there are only around 673,000.
A booming auto industry made Detroit a great place to live and work, but the industry’s decline hurt the region’s economy. The local unemployment rate is typically one of the highest among the country’s largest metro areas.
Although some parts of Detroit are being revitalized and luxury condos are going up, many area residents are still eager to load up a moving van and hit the road.