Farley describes impact of falling birth rate in Michigan

January 26, 2022 The Detroit News

For the first time since 1900, Michigan's death rate is higher than its birth rate. This could impact everything from the economy to political power to school districts. 

"Having a smaller population is not inherently bad, but adjusting to that can be a tremendous challenge," said Reynolds Farley, lecturer at the Ford School. "It can mean a lot of things, including closing schools or combining districts in some areas, which is something that typically has strenuous opposition."