Population Loss in the Sun Belt
St. Petersburg is just one of many Sun Belt cities that are expected to see a decline in official population figures when figures from the 2010 decennial Census are revealed.
"A shrinking city is not a prosperous city, some experts say. Those numbers give them reason to fear for St. Petersburg's future.
St. Petersburg joins such economically hard-hit Rust Belt cities as Flint, Cleveland, Buffalo and Detroit - cities that led the nation in population loss from 2008 to 2009, according to U.S. census estimates."