Population Declines in US Cities

Population loses in cities that were among the 10 largest US cities during at least one census:

Saint Louis: Percentage Rank ( 1 ), Numeric Rank ( 4 ) Highest National Rank( 4th 1870, 1900, 1910)

Highest population: 856,796 (1950)

Lowest population: 318,172 (2012)

Percentage loss: 62.9%

Numeric loss: 538,624

Detroit: Percentage Rank ( 2 ), Numeric Rank ( 1 ) Highest National Rank( 4th 1920-1940)

Highest population: 1,849,568

Lowest population: 701,475 (2012)

Percentage loss: 62.1%

Numeric loss: 1,148,093

Cleveland: Percentage Rank ( 3 ), Numeric Rank ( 5 ) Highest National Rank( 5th 1920)

Highest population: 914,808 (1950)

Lowest population: 390,928 (2012)

Percentage loss: 57.3%

Numeric loss: 523,880

Buffalo: Percentage Rank ( 4 ), Numeric Rank () Highest National Rank( 8th 1900)

Highest population: 580,132

Lowest population: 259,384

Percentage loss: 55.3%

Numeric loss: 320,748

Pittsburgh: Percentage Rank ( 5 ), Numeric Rank ( 6 ) Highest National Rank( 8th 1910)

Highest population: 676,806 (1950)

Lowest population: 305,704 (2010)

Percentage loss: 54.8%

Numeric loss: 371,102

New Orleans: Percentage Rank ( 6 ), Numeric Rank ( 8 ) Highest National Rank ( 3rd 1840)

Highest population: 627,525 (1960)

Lowest population: 343,829 (2010)

Percentage loss: 45.2%

Numeric loss: 283,696

Cincinnati: Percentage Rank ( 6 ), Numeric Rank ( 9 ) Highest National Rank( 6th 1840, 1850)

Highest population: 503,998 (1950)

Lowest population: 296,945 (2000)

Percentage loss: 41.1%

Numeric loss: 207,053

Baltimore: Percentage Rank ( 7 ), Numeric Rank ( 7 ) Highest National Rank ( 2nd 1830, 1840, 1850)

Highest population: 949,708 (1950)

Lowest population: 620,961 (2010)

Percentage loss: 34.6%

Numeric loss: 328,747

Philadelphia: Percentage Rank ( 8 ), Numeric Rank ( 3 ) Highest national rank ( 2nd 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1860, 1870, 1880)

Highest population: 2,071,605 (1950)

Lowest population: 1,517,550 (2000)

Percentage loss: 26.7%

Numeric loss: 554,055

Chicago: Percentage Rank ( 9 ), Numeric Rank ( 2 ) Highest national rank ( 2nd 1890 - 1980)

Highest population: 3,620,962 (1950)

Lowest population: 2,695,598 (2012)

Percentage loss: 25.6%

Numeric loss: 925,364

Other Notable Population Declines:

Birmingham: Percentage Rank (), Numeric Rank ()

Highest population: 340,887 (1960)

Lowest population: 212,237 (2012)

Percentage loss: 37.7%

Numeric loss: 128,650

Flint Michigan: Percentage Rank (), Numeric Rank ()

Highest population: 196,940 (1960)

Lowest population: 100,515 (2012)

Percentage loss: 49%

Numeric loss: 96,425

Gary Indiana: Percentage Rank (), Numeric Rank ()

Highest population: 178,320 (1960)

Lowest population: 79,170 (2012)

Percentage loss: 55.6%

Numeric loss: 99,150

Youngstown: Percentage Rank (), Numeric Rank ()

Highest population: 168,330 (1950)

Lowest population: 65,405 (2012)

Percentage loss: 61.1%

Numeric loss: 102,925

Allegheny County:

Highest population: 1,628,587 (1960)

Lowest population: 1,223,348 (2010)

Percentage loss: 24.9%

Numeric loss: 405,239

Wayne County:

Highest population: 2,666,751 (1970)

Lowest population: 1,792,496 (2012)

Percentage loss: 32.8%

Numeric loss: 874,255

Braddock Pennsylvania:

Highest population: 20,879 (1920)

Lowest population: 2,153 (2012)

Percentage loss: 89.7%

Numeric loss: 18,726

Cairo Illinois:

Highest population: 15,203 (1920)

Lowest population: 2,660 (2012)

Percentage loss: 82.5%

Numeric loss: 12,543

Homestead Pennsylvania:

Highest population: 20,452 (1920)

Lowest population: 3,155 (2012)

Percentage loss: 84.6%

Numeric loss: 17,297

 

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