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Population Drop Continues in Northeast Cities
People Leaving Top Metro Areas

Cities in the Northeast and so-called Rust Belt continue to see their populations decline, more so than anywhere else in the U.S., according to Bloomberg News.

For the last few decades, cities in the Northeast and near the Great Lakes have been experiencing declining populations. A new study released by Bloomberg News shows that this trend is continuing.

Bloomberg looked at 100 of the most populous U.S. metropolitan areas and calculated what it calls domestic migration rates for each of these areas, comparing population figures in July 2013 to July 2014.

Domestic migration refers to people moving within the country, Bloomberg said in a news release. A negative rate indicates more people leaving than coming in.

Bloomberg then ranked the top 20 cities.

States in the Northeast are bearing the brunt of the losses, with six regions in that part of the U.S. ranked in the top 10.

Connecticut appears especially hard hit, with New York a close second. Metro areas in Ohio are also losing large numbers of residents, as are Detroit and Chicago.

The region of Haven and Milford, CT, are ranked third in the Bloomberg study with a loss of 0.78 percent. Greater Hartford, CT, which includes West Hartford and East Hartford, ranks fifth with a loss of 0.71 percent. Bridgeport, Stamford and Norwalk, CT, and Syracuse, NY, tied for sixth with losses of 0.69 percent.

Springfield, Mass., is ninth in the survey at minus 0.56 percent, while Rochester, NY, is 12th at minus 0.52 percent. The greater New York region is ranked second, as 0.81 percent of its residents have migrated elsewhere. This region includes Newark and Jersey City, N.J.

Number one in the entire nation, according to Bloomberg, is El Paso, Texas, with slightly more than 1 percent of its population migrating elsewhere.

The metro areas of El Paso, Albuquerque, N.M., greater Los Angeles and Honolulu, Hawaii, are the only cities west of the Mississippi River in the top 20 in Bloomberg's study.

The Los Angeles area, which includes Long Beach and Anaheim, lost 0.47 percent of its residents and is ranked 14th in the analysis. Honolulu is fourth with a minus 0.74 percent.

Ohio also appears to losing a great number of people. The combined Cleveland-Elyria area, at minus 0.38 percent, is ranked 19th; Toledo is at minus 0.55 percent and ranked 10th; and Dayton is at number 17 with a loss of 0.44 percent.

The greater Chicago region is ranked sixth at minus 0.69 percent. This area includes Naperville and Elgin. Detroit is 14th at minus 0.47 percent, and Milwaukee, WI, is 16th with a loss of 0.45 percent.

Bloomberg speculates that escalating home prices are forcing many people to leave cities, while others have been reluctant to move into those areas for the very same reason.

Some cities have not experienced declines because of their strong job bases, especially their demand for workers in the high-tech field. Washington D.C. is a good example of this, Bloomberg says.

However, other areas have not been as fortunate. Cities in the so-called Rust Belt, like Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo, Ohio, are seeing great population losses, even though they are fairly inexpensive places to live.

"Retiring Baby Boomers are also leaving the Northeast and migrating to more affordable places with better climates," Bloomberg said.

"This is part of a multiple-decade trend of the U.S. population moving away from these manufacturing hubs to areas in the Sun Belt and the Pacific Northwest," the company noted.

Bloomberg's full story, "These Are The Top 20 Cities Americans Are Ditching," can be read by visiting:

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September 18, 2019, 4:02 pm PDT

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