Special Report

Cities Americans Are Abandoning

Source: benkrut / Getty Images

18. Peoria, IL
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -6.5% (-27,030)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: -4.7% (-19,472)
> Poverty rate: 11.3% (261st highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 396,781 (136th highest out of 384 metro areas)

Source: DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images

17. Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -6.6% (-26,726)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: +4.4% (17,966)
> Poverty rate: 25.6% (4th highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 424,180 (128th highest out of 384 metro areas)

Source: Jupiterimages / Getty Images

16. Johnstown, PA
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -6.6% (-9,554)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: -10.5% (-15,021)
> Poverty rate: 15.3% (111th highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 128,672 (314th highest out of 384 metro areas)

Source: DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images

15. Elmira, NY
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -6.9% (-6,117)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: -7.0% (-6,224)
> Poverty rate: 13.9% (146th highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 82,622 (376th highest out of 384 metro areas)

Source: benkrut / Getty Images

14. Rockford, IL
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -7.0% (-24,544)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: -4.4% (-15,359)
> Poverty rate: 16.1% (83rd highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 334,072 (153rd highest out of 384 metro areas)