COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - There’s been a very slight dip in Branch County’s population. U.S. Census data released today showed the number of residents in the county in 2012 was 43,868. That’s down from 43,902 in 2011. Statewide, Michigan saw modest growth for the first time in seven years, although two out of three counties experienced a drop in population.
The most noticeable growth spurt happened in the Grand Rapids metro area with the numbers up about one percent in Kent and Ottawa Counties while the largest population slide of 3% in the state occurred in Ontonagon County in the Upper Peninsula.