Nehemiah and Detroit, Pt 3

By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. 14 Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; 15 so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate.

So, Nehemiah gets to Jerusalem, rests up from his trip and gets to actaully go out and see the damage himself.  In essence, he goes out to fact check the information that he had recieved about the state of the city.

Some people really hate this part of church planting and church growth, but being such a stickler for details, it is really the part that I love.  So, if you are a number and data junkie like me, you will enjoy the rest of this post, if not, stop by for the next post.

Statistical Data for the City of Detroit:
2009 Population was 910,000 a 4.2% loss since 2000 (Source)
2010 Population was 710,000, a 25% loss since 2000 (Source)
2010 Census says there are 80,000 vacant homes (source)
Detroit has almost 7000 people per square mile (Source)
Three sections of town have had population growth over the past 10 years (Upper East Central, Jeffries, and Hubbard Richard)
Two sections of town have lower vacancies than in 2000 (Central Business, Jeffries)

Per Capita income in Detroit is $14,000 (Source)
2005 unemployment rate 8% (Source)
“Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit, the unemployment rate is 28.9%. That’s worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent.” (Source)

69% of people in Detroit finish high school
11% have bachelor’s degrees
4% have graduate degrees or higher (source)

Marriage and Relationships:
46% never married
31% married
4% Separated
8% Widowed
12% Divorced (Source)


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About coleyoakum

My name is Coleman Yoakum. I am formerly a student at Harding University. Today you can find me in Detroit Michigan doing what I can to expand the Kingdom of God and preparing to start an intentional community in Pontiac. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, music and politics. I am sure that all of these things will find their way to this blog from time to time. Twitter: coleyoakum Facebook: Coleman Yoakum Email: Flickr:

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