Special Report

Cities Americans Are Abandoning

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13. Decatur, IL
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -8.0% (-8,838)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: -7.0% (-7,762)
> Poverty rate: 17.4% (59th highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 103,015 (348th highest out of 384 metro areas)

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12. El Centro, CA
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -8.0% (-14,046)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: +3.3% (5,745)
> Poverty rate: 25.1% (5th highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 180,267 (238th highest out of 384 metro areas)

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11. Danville, IL
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -8.8% (-7,166)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: -8.3% (-6,770)
> Poverty rate: 16.5% (72nd highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 74,855 (380th highest out of 384 metro areas)

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10. Lawton, OK
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -9.1% (-11,868)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: -2.7% (-3,504)
> Poverty rate: 17.8% (53rd highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 126,775 (316th highest out of 384 metro areas)

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9. Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ
> Population change due to migration, 2010-2020: -9.2% (-14,342)
> Overall population change, 2010-2020: -6.1% (-9,602)
> Poverty rate: 13.2% (175th highest out of 384 metro areas)
> 2020 population estimate: 147,008 (286th highest out of 384 metro areas)