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DETROIT – The public/private group Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, based in Detroit, has released its predictions for the population for the seven-county region of Southeast Michigan. The figures precede the 2000 census figures, which are not yet available on a local basis.

New figures suggest that the region has increased in population size by 5.6% since the 1990 census. The fastest-growing county is Livingston, growing 39.9% from a population of 115,645 to a current estimated population of 161,843. The largest numerical gainer was Oakland County, which added 151,976 residents since 1990, ending up with 1,235,568 people in 2000. Other county numbers were:

Macomb: 1990 – 717,400; 2000 – 777,515.

Monroe: 1990 – 133,600; 2000 – 148,983.

St. Clair: 1990 – 145,607; 2000 – 168,298.

Washtenaw: 1990 – 282,937; 2000 – 318,461.

Wayne (including Detroit): 1990: 4,590,468; 2000 – 4,847,973.

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