7 fastest shrinking cities

Whether it’s due to crime, a lack of jobs or Mother Nature, these cities lost residents faster than any others last year, according to the Census Bureau.

Pine Bluff, Ark.
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Pine Bluff, Ark.

1-year population change:  -1.5%
Change from 2000 to 2010:  -6.6%

 

One of the nation’s poorest cities, Pine Bluff’s population has been declining fast.

Severe economic and social problems have plagued the area. Close to a third of the metro area’s population lives below the poverty level and it ranks second only to the Detroit for crime.

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Manufacturers have outsourced many of the area’s jobs abroad, according to Moody’s Analytics and the unemployment rate remained in double-digit territory at 10.5% in January.

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