Flint is shrinking. Residents blame population plunge on many things

Leonard N. Fleming
The Detroit News

Flint — Don Eric Brown, who has never left the city where he was raised, has seen this once-thriving urban center bustling with jobs and endless promise turn into one of desolation and abandonment.

So the 68-year-old retired teacher isn't surprised by the U.S. Census numbers that show Flint is hemorrhaging residents, losing nearly 21% of its population since 2010. Crime, the loss of jobs and the city's state-caused lead contamination water crisis are the lead culprits, he said.

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