A November population report released by SEMCOG shows that out of municipalities in seven southeast Michigan counties, Macomb Township had the largest population growth from 2010 to 2018.

A November population report released by SEMCOG shows that out of municipalities in seven southeast Michigan counties, Macomb Township had the largest population growth from 2010 to 2018.

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Report reveals Macomb Township had largest population growth

Increase of over 9,000 residents from 2010 to 2018

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published December 18, 2018

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township is No. 1.

Or at least that’s what the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, or SEMCOG, says.

A November population and household estimates for southeast Michigan report released by SEMCOG shows that out of municipalities in seven counties — Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne — Macomb Township had the largest numeric growth from 2010 to 2018.

During that time, its population grew by 9,122 people.

“We’ve steadily had 400 to 500 building permits every year,” Macomb Township Supervisor Janet Dunn said. “This is a very attractive place to live.”

Macomb Township experienced more growth by number than communities like Southfield, Novi and Ann Arbor, whose populations increased by 8,698, 8,159 and 6,420, respectively.

Dunn attributes the growth to Macomb Township having lower tax rates.

SEMCOG uses “Components of Population Change Method” to estimate population for each county, and “Housing Unit Method” to estimate population for all communities in the region.

Its housing unit counts are derived from building footprint data that SEMCOG maintains and updates on a regular basis using various datasets, including aerial imagery and field surveys.

Other Macomb County municipalities that made the top 10 list were Shelby Township and Clinton Township, the only areas of the county to see an increase of over 3,500 people.

At the Nov. 28 Board of Trustees meeting, Dunn said the township received notice from SEMCOG on population change.

“Congratulations to all the employees for the excellent job of handling this dramatic increase,” Dunn said that night.

Breaking down the statistics further, Macomb Township’s population change from 2010 to 2018 went from 79,580 to 88,702, an 11.5 percent increase.

“We have four excellent school districts in our boundaries and have an excellent parks and recreation program,” Dunn said when asked what factors played a role in the population increase. “We’re getting roads paved, sidewalks, put in, getting a new library, and were going to develop a new park. What more could you want?”

The report also states there’s an estimated 30,419 households in Macomb Township. That number is up 3,828 since 2010, an increase of 14 percent. The only other township with a higher percentage was Washington, with 15 percent.

Dunn’s message to those who have made Macomb Township their home is “We’re going to try and keep everything on the same level as it is now. I don’t see any increase in taxes unless it would be for fire and police. Residents are not going to get hit with a big bill for anything. It will be a gradual increase. That’s very attractive to people who are raising a family, as well as retirees.”

The SEMCOG report contains estimates of population and households for southeast Michigan as of July 2018.

Dunn said the only downside of the population increase is that if folks have moved from a city like Warren or Sterling Heights, they expect all the services they received there, such as garbage removal.

“We provide them, but it’s at an extra cost,” she said. “Most cities have their own department of public works, we do not. That would be the only con.”

On a county-wide level, Macomb County’s 2018 population, according to the report, was 875,292, an increase of 34,314 from 2010. The only other county with a larger increase was Oakland.

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