This is such an interesting factoid from the San Jose Business Journal and the Bureau of the Census. Detroit is no longer in the ten largest cities in the U.S., having been surpassed by San Jose:
San Jose passed Detroit in the population rankings today riding a wave of technological innovation similar to the wave that Detroit rode in the first half of the 20th Century.
“In 1940 Detroit was the center of the new economy, which was automobiles and steel,” says Paul Krutko, director of economic development for the city of San Jose. “You can go up the list and you can go down the list, if you aren’t careful about your economy.”
…The Motor City had been in the top 10 since the 1900 census. The Bureau of the Census estimates the population of San Jose as 904,522. Detroit’s population was estimated to be 900,198.
And what do Detroit politicians have to to say about this? Well:
“It doesn’t mean much for us,” says Howard Hughey, press secretary for Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick. “Our population has been declining for 20 years.”
Oh, well, I guess that’s fine then.