Census: With jobs scarce, Rust Belt cities decline

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hurt by the still-sluggish economy, Rust Belt cities and other U.S. manufacturing regions are suffering the biggest population losses as people move elsewhere in search of jobs.

New census estimates for 2009 highlight the continuing effects of the recession.

The figures show Cleveland had the largest numerical decline in residents, dropping 2,658, or nearly 1 percent. It was followed by Detroit and Flint, Mich., which lost 1,713 and 1,382 people, respectively.

Other losers include Cape Coral and St. Petersburg, both in Florida, which are retirement destinations on the Gulf Coast. Their populations decreased as more older Americans stayed put in California, Texas and the Northeast, where most jobs are located.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Wondering Location: Houston County on Jun 22, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    If the census is so Good for everyone why can't it be done in more effecient way? We filled out our form but there is no place to designate the county you live in. We live in Houston County, pay taxes in Houston County, have a 794 telephone # and a Headland, AL address. When we asked a census worker she said we would be counted in Henry County. Now I am proud to live in Houston County and I would like to be counted for Houston County so this will be the last time we fill out a census form till it can be done more accurately.
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