Washtenaw County sees 0.9% population growth in 2011
A state demographer credits Washtenaw County's low mortality rate and high immigration rate as reasons for its 0.9 percent population growth in 2011, according to an MLive.com report.
Oakland, Washtenaw, Kent, Ottawa and Kalamazoo were among a dozen counties that saw one-year increases of at least 0.5 percent in 2011, U.S. Census figures released today show. The Grand Rapids area is the state's fastest-growing region, the report said.
“Like the Grand Rapids region, Washtenaw County has had relatively strong economic growth," state demographer Ken Darga told MLive. "Its young population results in a low mortality rate and it had the state's highest rate of net international immigration."
Washtenaw saw a gain of 3,171. The numbers cover the 15-month period from the April 2010 official census to July 2011 estimates.