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Rust Never Sleeps: 22 American Cities Slowly Flaking Away

  • Former industrial hubs losing population since 2010 Census
  • Michigan and Ohio cities dominate list compiled by Bloomberg

Parts of the Rust Belt keep rusting.

While some American cities are enjoying revivals, others are losing out. Using Census Bureau data, Bloomberg identified 22 cities that had populations of at least 50,000 in the 2010 Census and lost people ever since.

Worse off are Detroit, Cleveland and Toledo, former industrial powerhouses crippled by the decline of American manufacturing and shrinking tax bases.

Since the 2010 Census, Detroit’s population shrank by more than 40,000 with an average decline of more than 5,000 per year. Cleveland and Toledo dropped by more than 10,000, respectively.

Flint, Michigan and Erie, Pennsylvania started the decade with a population greater than 100,000 and are now below that level. Saginaw, Michigan; Charleston, West Virginia; and Niagara Falls, New York are sub-50,000.

CityLosses
Detroit, Michigan-40,673
Cleveland, Ohio-11,290
Toledo, Ohio-10,717
Flint, Michigan-5,986
Rockford, Illinois-5,820
Mobile, Alabama-4,846
Erie, Pennsylvania-4,417
Gary, Indiana-4,286
Hammond, Indiana-4,212
Decatur, Illinois-3,948
Dearborn, Michigan-3,662
Charleston, West Virginia-3,471
Rocky Mount, North Carolina-2,954
Livonia, Michigan-2,837
Saginaw, Michigan-2,831
Parma, Ohio-2,434
Westland, Michigan-2,347
Dearborn Heights, Michigan-2,016
Lakewood, Ohio-1,882
Niagara Falls, New York-1,733
Utica, New York-1,600
Battle Creek, Michigan-1,061
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