America’s Fastest Shrinking Cities

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2. Pine Bluff, AR
> Population growth (2010-2015):
-6.38%
> Total population: 93,696
> Per capita income: $30,986
> Unemployment rate: 6.4%

Pine Bluff’s violent crime rate of 685 incidents per 100,000 residents — nearly the highest of U.S. metro areas — likely deters prospective residents and has likely contributed to the region’s exodus. Over the last five years, 7,062 more people left the area than arrived. This accounted for the entirety of Pine Bluff’s 6.4% population decrease. Area residents are also not wealthy. Pine Bluff’s per capita income of $30,986 is nearly the lowest of all U.S. metros.

1. Farmington, NM
> Population growth (2010-2015):
-8.76%
> Total population: 118,737
> Per capita income: $36,197
> Unemployment rate: 7.8%

Farmington’s population shrank by 8.8% over the last five years, faster than any other metro in the country. As is common in the nation’s shrinking cities, Farmington has a relatively high violent crime rate and relatively low incomes. There are approximately 535 violent crimes per 100,000 area residents, well above the national rate of 366 incidents per 100,000 people. The area’s annual per capita income of $36,197 is also well below the $47,615 income of the average American.