LANSING (AP) — Deaths exceeded births in Michigan in 2020, a rare outcome influenced by COVID-19, statistics show.
“We can blame a lot of the deaths on COVID,” demographer Kurt Metzger told the Detroit Free Press, “but the fact is the trend of rising deaths and falling births is a problem for Michigan outside of of COVID.”
Just over 117,000 people died in 2020, while there were 104,000 births in Michigan – the first time births have fallen behind in more than a century of record keeping, the department says. of state health.
COVID-19 was listed as the leading cause of death for 11,362 people in the first year of the pandemic, although the virus may have contributed to more deaths, the department said.
Heart disease was the leading cause of death in Michigan that year, followed by cancer.
“Michigan’s death toll continues to rise simply because of our aging population. Birth rates, birth trends indicate that those numbers will continue to decline,” said Metzger, the former mayor of Pleasant Ridge in suburban Detroit.
“I think the answer is how does Michigan attract immigrants? How is Michigan attracting young people of childbearing age to come to the state? ” he said. “It’s just another indication that Michigan has a lot of work to do.”
Michigan’s population was 10.07 million in 2020, according to the federal census, a slight increase from the 2010 count.