Once a crowded urban center, Detroit ghettos has become a large city with many buildings and too few people. By mid-2008, its population had dropped to 912,062, about half the number of residents in 1950. Here is some Numbers showing the population in Detroit for the past 10 years.
1950 - 1849586
1960 - 1670144
1970 - 1511482
1980 - 1203339
1990 - 1027974
2000 - 951270
Rise of the Suburbs (50's - 60's)
New highways began driving residents out of the city, and 7000 to 9000 Detroit household change from White to Black each year during 50's and 60's.
Out of work (60's)
As auto industry disappeared, so did people. Since 1960, the number of Detroit Residents working in manufacturing jobs has dropped about 87%.