Chicago tops list of 50 cities Americans are abandoning

Using stats from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program, 24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of 50 cities from which the most people are moving away. The 50 cities are mainly found in Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast, especially in states like Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and New York.

Brookings Institute demographer William Frey says these cities have been losing thousands of residents due to migration, part of a long-term trend of moving from the Northeast and Midwest to warmer climates, but that the trend has increased in recent years.

Below is the list. Note that the cities are ranked in accordance with the number of population decrease due to out-migration. In some cases, however, despite out-migration, the city’s population actually had a net increase because of in-migration (by illegal aliens?) and births:

50. Fairbanks, Alaska: -7,011 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017;  +2.2% net population change.

49. Johnstown, Pennsylvania: -7,070 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -7.4% net population change.

48. Hinesville, Georgia: -7,171 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +3.2% net population change.

47. El Centro, California: -7,219 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +4.8% net population change.

46. Bakersfield, CA: -7,314 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +6.4% net population change.

45. Norwich-New London, Connecticut: -7,365 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -1.8% net population change.

44. Fresno, CA: -7,571 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +6/3% net population change.

43. Macon-Bib County, GA: -7,877 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -1.5% net population change.

42. Anchorage, AK: -8,464 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +5.3% net population change.

41. Vineland-Bridgeton, New Jersey: -8,476 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -2.6% net population change.

40. Erie, PA: -8,511 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -2.1% net population change.

39. Mobile, Alabama: -8,517 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +0.2% net population change.

38. Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ: -8,500 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -1.7% net population change.

37. Fayetteville, NC: -8,741 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +5.6% net population change.

36. Jacksonville, NC: -8,791 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +9.1% net population change.

35. Yakima, WA: -8,916 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +2.9% net population change.

34. Binghamton, NY: -9,470 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -3.8% net population change.

33. Sierra Vista-Douglas, Arizona: -9,495 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -5% net population change.

32. Farmington, New Mexico; -9,633 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -2.4% net population change.

31. Lawton, Oklahoma: -9,641 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -2.3% net population change.

30. Charleston, West Virginia: -9,772 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -5.6% net population change.

29. Saginaw, Michigan: -9,783 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -4.1% net population change.

28. Pine Bluff, Arkansas: -10,001 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -9.3% net population change.

27. Montgomery, AL: -10,317 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -0.2% net population change.

26. Wichita, Kansas: -10,335 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +2.3% net population change.

25. Watertown-Fort Drum, NY: -10,901 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -1.8% net population change.

24. Albany, GA: -10,964 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -3.9% net population change.

23. New Haven-Milford, CT: -11,253 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -0.2% net population change.

22. Visalia-Porterville, CA: -12,390 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +5% net population change.

21. Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana: -12,410 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +o.3% net population change.

20. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT: -13,682 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -0.2% net population change.

19. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA: -14,057 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -4.2% net population change.

18. Peoria, IL: -14,415 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -1.8% net population change.

17. Hanford-Corcoran, CA: -14,442 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -1.9% net population change.

16. Rochester, NY: -15,934 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -0.2% net population change.

15. Brownsville, Harlingen, Texas: -17,233 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +4.3% net population change.

14. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC: 17,297 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +2.9% net population change.

13.  Syracuse, NY: -17,717 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -1.2% net population change.

12. Toledo, OH: -18,475 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -1% net population change.

11. Rockford, IL: -18,789 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -3.2% net population change.

10. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA: -21,503 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +3.9% net population change.

9. El Paso, TX: -21,829 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +5.1% net population change.

8. Flint, MI: -22,658 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -4.3% net population change.

7. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin: -27,959 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +1.3% net population change.

6. Memphis, TN-MS-AR: -30,000 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +1.8% net population change.

5. Cleveland-Elyria, OH: -33,117 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; -0.9% net population change.

4. St. Louis, MO-IL: -39,894 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +0.7% net population change.

3. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI: -54,640 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +0.4% net population change.

2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA: -93,959 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +4.1% net population change.

And the #1 city with the largest number of out-migration is Chicago, which far outstrips the #2 city by 20,236 in population decrease.

1. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI: -296,320 population decrease due to migration 2010-2017; +0.8% net population change.

It would be interesting to correlate the above cities with their crime rates, percentage of blacks, and the party identification of mayors.

~Eowyn

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15 responses to “Chicago tops list of 50 cities Americans are abandoning

  1. I few years ago, my wife, son and I were driving through the greater Hartford area to visit a family member. At one point we realized we had strayed onto gang turf. Hartford has some good things to its credit, but this kind of thing will definitely make anyone who can do it get the heck out.

     
  2. Why any one stays in Chiraq is a mystery to me. That place is very, very dangerous. There’s been almost 30 shootings there this weekend. Again, double digit shootings in one weekend. Unreal…

     
  3. Most people don’t realize that, other than areas surrounding Cook County and E. St. Louis, IL, the state is quite “red.” I managed to get a book with election results by county, and 88 counties (out of 102) voted overwhelmingly Republican, and several others were borderline. Chiraq always manages to overcome the GOP results with dead Dem voters. The county where I lived (I’ve migrated) voted 70% for Trump.

     
    • Goldbug . . . If there is one thing that sickens me it is the phenomena of “dead people” voting. These tactics are perpetrated by downright filthy, dirty, criminals.

       
  4. With Rahm Emanuel out and Bill Daley in the light at the end of the tunnel is not visible.

     
  5. I have to fly back to PA for my mother’s memorial on Thursday. My millenial kids are flying from CA through Chicago to PA. I will NOT. I am flying through 2 other airports in order to get there, rather than fly through O’Hare. I am not just stubborn or stupid….the thing I will miss most about my weekly long-distance phone conversations between me and my mom (she in Florida, me in California) are our political views…upon which we agreed…..and talked for HOURS AND HOURS…..right up until her end. We were both old ( 1960’s JackKennedy) Democrats from whom our party left us MANY MANY years ago…and from which time we both became certifiable Republicans….and, especially, most emphatically and most recently, Trump voters. Just could not stomach flying through Chiraq…there OR back….despite the longer hours.

    I can not in good conscience fly through O’Hare in Chicago on the way to her memorial.

     
  6. Although I know better, I’d like to think the only people leaving for greener pastures are Conservatives.

     
  7. There are totally 24 democrat cities with a population decrease of -723,751
    people and net population change is 0.30%
    The conservatives have 26 cities with a population decrease of -310,954
    people and a net population change is -0.07%

    Glad to be of service.

     
  8. I think that beyond these numbers it’s important to know how they relate overall as a percentage of the total population. It’s a huge difference between 1% of the population leaving and 10%. A city may actually benefit if some leave, if they are exerting negative effects upon the rest.

     
  9. C. Jack Ellis made Macon-Bibb county, GA into the lovely landscape of shootings, robberies and assaults it is today. Nuttier than a truckload of peanut brittle this guy ruined a thriving city and made people love it!

     
  10. Wow, you know you’ve “arrived” when you’re ahead of places like Detroit and Baltimore.

     
  11. Chicago & Elgin, I can understand – Elgin has lotsa illegal aliens as well. Naperville, on the other hand, is upper-middle class; one of the largest suburbs and also one of the largest cities in Illinois. DuPage county, where Naperville is primarily located, used to be solidly “red”, nowadays, not as solid as before.

    If anything, Naperville has “too much” law enforcement, and is heavy-handed in its policing. I got pulled over for a cracked tail light decades ago, and when they ran my plates, arrested me for driving on a suspended license, which was a surprise to me (turns out blowing off a speeding ticket in Nebraska a few years prior, got me suspended, after I wrote a nastygram about the cop that got me for speeding) . I avoid Naperville like the plague.

     

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