Diversity: can it be saved in small-town America?

By Courtney Kendler
Holt Journal staff reporter

When you walk into a coffee shop or beauty parlor in Holt, you may not be surprised to see a primarily white demographic. According to statistics gathered from the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, Holt is 86.3 percent white, 5.6 percent African American and 5.4 percent Hispanic. In that same year, the state of Michigan was recorded as being 78.9 percent white, 14.2 percent African American and 4.4 percent Hispanic. Compared with the state average, Holt has a significantly higher representation of white residents, while the number of African American and other minority groups in the area is lacking. Avni Tokhie, an Indian American and recent transplant to Holt, has taken notice of the lack of diversity in the area.

Census 2010 results say…Michigan Loses

By Ashleigh Rogers
Holt Journal staff writer

On Tuesday, March 22, the U.S. Census Bureau released the results for the 2010 Census. Overall, the nation’s population increased almost 10 percent. However, for Michigan residents the news was not so good. In fact, Michigan was the only state that suffered a population decrease. In 2000, Michigan’s population was nearly 9.9 million.