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Class-Divided Cities: Detroit Edition

The final installment of our series exploring the economic divides across America's largest cities and metros.
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Author's Note: This is the 12th and final post in a series exploring the class divides across America's largest cities and metros. Using detailed data from the American Community Survey, it examines the residential locations of today's three major classes: the shrinking middle of blue-collar workers; the rising ranks of the knowledge, professional, and creative class; and the even larger and faster-growing ranks of lower-paid service workers.

The map above shows the class divide for the Detroit metro region, which covers Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, Livingston, and St. Clair counties, and includes the municipalities of Ferndale, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Troy, Warren, and Bloomfield Hills to the north, Grosse Pointe to the northeast, Livonia and Dearborn to the west and Melvindale and Lincoln Park to the south (Canada and the lake are directly to the east). The Detroit metro is America's 12th largest, with a population of roughly 4.3 million.