Special Report

Cities Americans Are Abandoning

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5. Midland, TX
Population change due to migration, 2020-2021: -2.1% (-3,763)
Total population change, 2020-2021: -1.3% (-2,291)
Unemployment rate, April 2022: 4.0%
Median home value: $231,100
Total population: 173,180

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4. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
Population change due to migration, 2020-2021: -2.5% (-49,412)
Total population change, 2020-2021: -2.2% (-42,920)
Unemployment rate, April 2022: 2.8%
Median home value: $1,041,800
Total population: 1,952,185

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3. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA
Population change due to migration, 2020-2021: -2.6% (-123,885)
Total population change, 2020-2021: -2.5% (-116,385)
Unemployment rate, April 2022: 3.3%
Median home value: $888,500
Total population: 4,623,264

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2. Odessa, TX
Population change due to migration, 2020-2021: -3.6% (-5,878)
Total population change, 2020-2021: -2.6% (-4,376)
Unemployment rate, April 2022: 5.8%
Median home value: $147,900
Total population: 161,091

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1. Lake Charles, LA
Population change due to migration, 2020-2021: -5.3% (-11,824)
Total population change, 2020-2021: -5.3% (-11,673)
Unemployment rate, April 2022: 3.9%
Median home value: $159,600
Total population: 210,362

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