Population Decline

January 27, 2016, 2pm PST
Down to a population of 197,859 from its 1960 peak of 290,351, the city of Akron is looking for a way to bring people back to its community. One thing Akron has going for it already: an enthusiastic champion of the cause.
Akron Beacon Journal
January 14, 2016, 9am PST
By using the data provided by millions of Twitter users, two researchers discovered surprising insights into public sentiment in shrinking cities.
At Lincoln House
January 28, 2015, 2pm PST
While Washington D.C. and its surrounding counties is in the midst of a population, development, and infrastructure investment boom, the region farther south and west in the state of Virginia is bleeding population.
Bristol Herald Courier
November 11, 2014, 2pm PST
Jason Segedy has published a long, brutally frank look at blight and vacant properties, especially at the underappreciated culprit for the woes of so many shrinking cities around the Rust Belt: household decline.
Notes from the Underground
September 9, 2014, 12pm PDT
Daniel Kay Hertz shares a map tracking the population of neighborhoods in Chicago since 1950, providing insights into how the city has changed.
City Notes
August 15, 2013, 7am PDT
Germany has been able to fend off the worst effects of the deep recession that's beset seemingly every European country. But it finds itself facing the same continent-wide demographic crisis afflicting its less-affluent neighbors.
The New York Times
July 26, 2012, 7am PDT
In stark contrast to recent laws targeting immigrants in Arizona and Alabama, Baltimore is joining a host of other (largely rust belt) cities in designing policies and programs to attract immigrants in order to stabilize their populations.
The Washington Post
August 24, 2011, 1pm PDT
A Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit program called CommunityNEXT is raising funds and providing a $250 rent subsidy for those that chose to live in Detroit's downtown of Midtown.
The Detroit News
March 30, 2011, 9am PDT
As cities like Detroit show major population losses in the enumeration of the 2010 Census, experts discuss why cities are shrinking on this episode of the <em>Diane Rehm Show</em>.
The Diane Rehm Show
March 24, 2011, 9am PDT
Cities with high populations of black Americans are losing them, according to figures form the U.S. Census Bureau.
USA Today
March 23, 2011, 2pm PDT
Detroit's population plunged by 25% over the last decade, according to census figures - the largest decline of any major city in American history.
New York Times
March 11, 2011, 7am PST
The San Francisco Bay Area has seen its smallest rate of growth in the state's history, according to data from the 2010 Census.
The Contra Costa Times
January 18, 2011, 5am PST
As the world's population urbanizes, rural areas are being abandoned. But they don't have to sit empty and unused, according to this piece from <em>GOOD</em>.
Good
February 2, 2010, 10am PST
Birth rates are dropping across Europe, and some cities are on the verge of collapse because of it. Exhibit A: Hoyerswerda, Germany.
Guardian
January 16, 2010, 9am PST
Economist Edward L. Glaeser takes a look at how the housing bubble has affected changing populations in the Sun Belt.
The New York Times
September 24, 2009, 9am PDT
Rural areas have been losing population for decades, creating what some are calling a "rural brain drain". According to this article, the hollowing out of these rural areas will have negative impacts beyond the borders of those small towns.
The Chronicle for Higher Education
September 1, 2009, 1pm PDT
Florida is shrinking, demographically speaking. The state has seen its first year of population loss after a century of continuous growth that made Florida the 4th most populous state at 16 million in 2000. Even the retiree population is declining.
The New York Times - U.S.
August 21, 2009, 11am PDT
Take two seemingly unrelated words: Flint and Gentrification. Now put them together. What you get is an unexpected rebirth in one part of the struggling city -- a neighborhood where home ownership and community investment are actually increasing.
The New York Times
August 19, 2009, 6am PDT
With foreclosures racking up, the state of Florida is entering a dark period. Despite the dire prognosis, the stat'es historic ups and downs hint that Florida may be able to come back.
The New York Times
August 12, 2009, 9am PDT
The population of Florida has decreased by about 50,000 people between April 2008 and April 2009, according to demographers at the University of Florida.
St. Petersburg Times