Bloomberg by the Numbers: 62%

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The global headquarters of General Motors Co. in view behind abandoned homes in Detroit, Michigan, on June 6, 2013

That’s how much Detroit’s population declined from 1950 from 2012, according to Census Bureau data.

Detroit’s population was 701,475 in July 2012, according to a Census Bureau estimate, down from 713,777 in 2010 and a peak of 1,849,569 in 1950, when it was the fifth most-populous city in the U.S. Detroit ranked 18th in population last year.

Detroit yesterday became the most populous U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, “seeking court protection from creditors while it tries to eliminate a budget deficit and cut long-term debt,” Bloomberg’s Steven Church and Dawn McCarty reported.

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