Population Loss in the Sun Belt

Census estimates show that St. Petersburg, Florida, lost population between 2008 and 2009 -- a decline that's expected to continue.

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."

Full Story: Census estimates St. Petersburg lost population from 2008 to 2009

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"And not all growth is good, said [Professor] Hollander, if it means more demands on the environment, on resources, on government. 'There's no reason why we have to keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger,' he said. 'My advice: Just go with it. Manage that change, get smaller, but get better.'"

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