Hello, Chris the friendly intern here with the weekly post;
Sitting here at the Whaley House sometimes makes your mind wander and suddenly ask very random questions, like why is the sky blue? and other miscellaneous questions. Eventually one will pop into your head that has to do with the time frame of the Museum or just a good interesting question to ask in general. Today it was kind of a mixture of both, I doing some tasks around the museum when all of the sudden my mind came upon the idea of population of Flint during this time, and how it compared to other notable cities at the time.
Flint during this time had not hit it’s boom of population yet due to the automobile industry not being brought into the area until decades later. In the 1880’s census Flint had an estimated population of 8,409 which would eventually rise to roughly 200,000 and finally dropping to today’s population at roughly 99,000 people in the city limits. Detroit’s population at this time was much bigger naturally sitting at 116,000 people within the city limits and now sitting at a population of around 713,000 people. Grand Rapids population was 32,000 in 1880 and now it sits at 192,000 people. It’s insane to see how the economy can effect how much population or success a city has; especially if the city became big from one particular sector of jobs, like Flint. Now Flint is rebuilding itself as a college town, which essentially is one of the best routes it can go at this point. Some cities like New York however still get effected by the economy but seemingly never lose a lot of population and if they do they gain in back very quickly. New York during the 1880’s was at 1.1 million people which has now raised to over 8.4 million people and still growing. Location also has to do a lot with a cities success and obviously New York has a very prime location and harbor.
Until next week, Chris.