Special Report

Cities Americans Are Abandoning

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23. Flint, MI
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -5.8% (-24,602)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: -4.9% (-20,996)
> Poverty rate: 16.5% (72nd highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 404,794 (134th highest out of 384 metro areas)

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22. Monroe, LA
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -5.8% (-11,847)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: -2.8% (-5,656)
> Poverty rate: 26.0% (2nd highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 198,836 (226th highest out of 384 metro areas)

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21. Saginaw, MI
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -5.8% (-11,627)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: -5.1% (-10,301)
> Poverty rate: 19.0% (33rd highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 189,868 (229th highest out of 384 metro areas)

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20. Kankakee, IL
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -5.9% (-6,722)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: -4.3% (-4,856)
> Poverty rate: 12.2% (219th highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 108,594 (344th highest out of 384 metro areas)

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19. Charleston, WV
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -6.2% (-17,192)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: -8.6% (-23,855)
> Poverty rate: 17.1% (64th highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 254,145 (189th highest out of 384 metro areas)