DETROIT (AP) -- New U.S. Census Bureau estimates say Detroit's population remained just above 700,000 last year.
The figures show Detroit lost residents between 2011 and 2012, but the decline was at a slower pace than in previous years. Most of the nation's largest cities posted strong population growth, but Detroit fell 0.7 percent, or 4,726 residents, to an estimated 701,475 as of last July.
Demographer Kurt Metzger tells The Detroit News that he believes the city's population could fall to 650,000 or 600,000 before it stabilizes.
In southeast Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reports Oakland and Macomb counties saw gains, while almost every community in Wayne County lost residents. As a whole, the Census Bureau says Michigan's population edged up to nearly 9.9 million in 2012.