Demographer breaks down population trends

Eric Guthrie, the state demographer for Michigan, gives a presentation about the importance of population Thursday at the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College. The event, put on by LMC, Kinexus and Cornerstone Alliance, covered population trends in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties.

BENTON TOWNSHIP — When Eric Guthrie was a student getting into demographics, he was told he’d be studying three things: births, deaths and migration.

But Guthrie, now Michigan’s state demographer, soon found out that it wasn’t just three things, because those topics are so complicated and change over long periods of time for many different reasons and in different areas.