For all the talk about the renaissance of Detroit and Grand Rapids, it turns out suburbs haven’t lost their allure.
With new homes and good schools, they’re driving the biggest population growth in Michigan as tens of thousands flock into the townships just beyond the urban cores of Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Kalamazoo.
Consider Oakland and Kent counties: Township residents comprise about 38 percent of each county’s population. But from 2010 to 2017, 53 percent of the counties’ growth was in semi-rural communities just outside inner-ring suburbs, according to Bridge analysis of population estimates released in late May by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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