Memphis, not Detroit, could be the largest majority-Black U.S. city
Detroit may have lost its 40-year-old title as the country's largest majority-Black city, the Free Press reports.
Why it matters: The potential loss of this oft-cited moniker is part of a larger story — the city's decadeslong population decline.
What's happening: The latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates show Detroit is still losing population — though Mayor Mike Duggan has contested the bureau's figures, calling the federal agency a "clown show."
- While the Census does a full population count every 10 years, it also releases estimates between.
By the numbers: Data released last week shows Detroit with a population of 620,376 people, slipping below another majority-Black city, Memphis, and its 621,056 residents, per the Free Press.
- Detroit is 76% Black and Memphis 63%.
Yes, but: The cities' populations are close and these numbers are estimates to be taken with a grain of salt.
What they're saying: Local civil rights activist Edith Lee-Payne told the Free Press that the loss of this status is likely more symbolic than having major "real-world implications."
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