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Michigan In Trouble If Flint Meets State Government's Definition Of ‘Thriving City’

Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist is in midst of what the Whitmer administration has labeled a Thriving Cities Tour.

On Aug. 31, Gilchrist made the second stop of the tour, in the not-so-thriving city of Flint.

“Cities like Flint offer tremendous opportunity to Michiganders and we are proud of the progress we have made to help families, communities, and small businesses in our cities thrive,” Gilchrist said in a press release.

Flint’s population fell by 21% over the past 10 years. It dropped from 102,434 in 2010 to 81,252 in 2020. Furthermore, Flint’s median household income in 2019 ($28,834) was less than half that of the national average ($62,843), and the city’s poverty rate (38.8%) was more than triple the national average (10.5%).

And the city’s unemployment rate is 13.1%, compared to the state average of 5.0%.

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