Arab-Americans help Dearborn’s population increase

Dearborn, Michigan recorded a slight increase in population from 2000 to 2010, according to U.S. Census figures.  Dearborn’s population rose from 97,775 to 98,153 people during the 10-year period, while most surrounding communities registered population declines, and Detroit’s population plummeted by 25 percent.

Researchers attribute Dearborn’s population trend, at least in part, to Arab newcomers and other immigrants of Middle Eastern heritage.

The Chicago Tribune reported recently that, according to Michigan demographer Ken Darga, Dearborn’s population statistics “offer some encouragement for the community in an area that has been hammered by a long, painful economic slump.”

“It’s a bit of positive news in an area where there isn’t very positive news,” Darga said.

You can read the Chicago Tribune article here.

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