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New census data: More Mich. residents in poverty

DETROIT (AP) - New census data show more Michigan residents are living in poverty.

The 2010 numbers from the American Community Survey released Thursday show the poverty rate rose from 16.2% in 2009 to 16.8% in Michigan. The percent of children under 18 in poverty in Michigan rose from 22.5% to 23.5%.

William Testa, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, says the trends illustrate recent losses in Michigan.

In Detroit, 37.6% of all people were in poverty and 53.6% of children.

Median household income fell more than 1% from 2009 to $45,413 as more people worked in the lower-pay service industry than in manufacturing.

According to the report, among communities with more than 65,000 residents, Flint had the largest statistically significant income decline at 17.3%. The median household income in Flint fell from $27,426 to $22,672.

The poverty rate also rose from 36.2% in 2009 to 41.2% in Flint. The percent of children under 18 in poverty in Flint rose from 52.8% to 63.1% -- topping Detroit for the worst in the state by nearly 10%.

Kurt Metzger, director of Data Driven Detroit, tells the Detroit Free Press that Michigan seems to have bottomed out.

Nationwide, the percentage of children living below the poverty level increased by 1.6 percentage points to 21.6%, up from 20.0%.

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