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10 Fastest-Shrinking Cities In America Since 2010

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10 Fastest-Shrinking Cities In America Since 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau has released nationwide population data reports, and 10 cities in America saw their populations decrease 6% or greater from 2010 to 2019.

Only two states featured on the list multiple times: Indiana and Michigan. 

Indiana’s cities of Hammond and Gary experienced 6.6% and 6.7% population decreases over the past decade. Michigan saw Saginaw experiencing a decrease of 6.5% and Flint by 6.6%.

The fastest-shrinking city in America? None other than Charleston, West Virginia, which saw a percent decrease in population of 9.4%.

Our data team also recently uncovered seven of the 10 cities featuring the top percent change in population growth between 2010 and 2019 are located in top retirement destinations Florida, California and Texas.

The following are the fastest shrinking cities in America, by percentage change in population growth.

City, State

Percent Decrease In Population (2010-2019)

Total Population In 2019

Charleston, West Virginia

9.4

46,536

Jackson, Mississippi

7.4

160,628

Decatur, Illinois

7.1

70,746

Shreveport, Louisiana

6.9

187,112

Albany, Georgia

6.9

72,130

Gary, Indiana

6.7

74,879

Flint, Michigan

6.6

95,538

Hammond, Indiana

6.6

75,522

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

6.5

53,922

Saginaw, Michigan

6.5

48,115

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