How different are Old Detroit and New Detroit really?

The Foundation asked data partner Data Driven Detroit to find out. Looking at a variety of public data sets, D3 compared the 7.2 square-mile Greater Downtown area¬†¬†(“new” Detroit) with the neighborhoods that make up the rest of Detroit (“old” Detroit), and an interesting portrait emerged. There are differences, certainly; but overall, the two parts of Detroit that so many consider distinct are more alike than you’d assume. Our Detroit is, in many ways, already a reality.

 

Our Detroit at a Glance

New Detroit Old Detroit

Total Population

35,037 686,422

Females Ages 15 to 50

8,909 177,905

Females 15 to 50 Who Gave Birth in the Past 12 Months

284 11,501

Percent of Housing Owner-Occupied

14% 56%

Percent of Housing Renter-Occupied

86% 44%

Percent of Population Under 18

27% 13%

Housing Occupancy Rate

71% 74%

Median Household Income

New Detroit

$20,315

Old Detroit

$24,472

Time at Residence

New Detroit

25% moved in during 1989 or earlier

Old Detroit

47% moved in during 1989 or earlier

Race/Ethnicity

Black, Non-Hispanic Other, Non-Hispanic
White, Non-Hispanic Hispanic

New Detroit

New Detroit Race Grid

Old Detroit

Old Detroit Race Grid

1 square - 1% of population

Births

New Detroit

76.1%

Old Detroit

75.3%

Wages

The number of employed residents earning more than $40,000/year

Change from 2002 to 2011

New Detroit

7%

Old Detroit

-43%

Children

Percent of population under 18 years old who live in households that receive public assistance.

New Detroit

67%

Old Detroit

66%

Percent of population under 18 years old who live in single female-headed households that receive public assistance.

New Detroit

59%

Old Detroit

46%