City

 

1950

Peak population  

2010

 

Decline

 

% decline

population (year) population from peak from peak
St. Louis, Missouri 856,796 856,796

(1950)

319,294 537,502 62.70%
Detroit, Michigan 1,849,568 1,849,568

(1950)

713,777 1,135,791 61.40%
Youngstown, Ohio 168,330 170,002

(1930)

66,982 103,020 60.60%
Cleveland, Ohio 914,808 914,808

(1950)

396,815 517,993 56.60%
Gary, Indiana 133,911 178,320

(1960)

80,294 98,026 55%
 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

676,806

 

676,806

(1950)

 

305,704

 

371,102

 

54.80%

 

Buffalo, New York

 

580,132

580,132

(1950)

 

270,240

 

309,892

 

53.40%

 

Niagara Falls, New York

 

90,872

 

102,394

(1960)

 

50,194

 

52,200

 

51%

Flint, Michigan 163,413 196,940

(1960)

102,434 94,506 48%
 

Scranton, Pennsylvania

 

125,536

 

143,333

(1930)

 

76,089

 

67,244

 

46.90%

Dayton, Ohio 243,872 262,332

(1960)

141,527 120,805 46.10%
Cincinnati, Ohio 503,998 503,998

(1950)

296,943 207,055 41.10%
 

New Orleans, Louisiana

 

570,445

 

627,525

(1960)

 

384,320

 

243,205

 

38.80%

 

Utica, New York

 

100,489

101,740

(1930)

 

62,235

 

39,505

 

38.80%

 

Camden, New Jersey

 

124,555

124,555

(1950)

 

77,344

 

47,211

 

37.90%

from:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrinking_cities_in_the_United_States

See also:

https://assetstewardship.com/2016/02/18/flint-not-alone-in-municipal-trifecta-of-doom/

https://assetstewardship.com/2015/11/01/creating-a-facilities-maintenance-department-arlington-case-study/

https://assetstewardship.com/category/asset-type/financial-tools/

https://assetstewardship.com/category/asset-type/planning-tools/

https://assetstewardship.com/2015/09/30/infrastructure-john-oliver-explains-it-all-hbo/

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