Right Start in Michigan’s Legacy Cities: Inequity Begins at Birth

As Michigan retools for a post-industrial economy, it must address the needs of its legacy cities. These cities have borne the brunt of the state’s long sustained economic decline and dwindling resources, but they continue to be the home for a substantial share of young children. On a range of indicators of maternal and infant well-being babies born to women living in these cities are much worse off than those born in the out-county areas.

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Legacy City Profiles:

Michigan | Ann Arbor | Battle Creek | Bay City | Detroit | Flint | Grand Rapids | Holland | Jackson | Kalamazoo | LansingMuskegon | Pontiac | Port Huron | Saginaw | Warren

Online Data

The latest data on the Right Start indicators are available for all 69 cities with over 25,000 population and all 83 Michigan counties on the KIDS COUNT Data Center. For more detail on these indicators by Detroit’s census tracts and subcommunities, check out Data Driven Detroit.