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Shrinking American Cities

Many American cities saw a decline in population following 1950 as residents moved to the suburbs. Some cities have rebounded. Others have not. Here are a few of the cities whose populations have declined most dramatically.
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level 49
Jul 6, 2018
Good and interesting !! Nice and fun idea.
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level 72
Jul 7, 2018
Detroit's growth between 1910-1950 is crazy
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level 36
Aug 22, 2018
you're right about that. I mean between 1910 and 1920 Detroit's population more than doubled! That is just insane and even in 1950 it had a population of 1.8 million - On par with the modern-day city of Phoenix. I guess that the curse of the rust belt struck Detroit after 1950 lol. :(
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level 65
Jul 7, 2018
What happened to Detroit, though? I've always heard of its infamous population rise and fall, but I haven't been told of the reasons behind it.
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level 65
Jul 7, 2018
Okay I found this Wikipedia article that seemed to explain it very well: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decline_of_Detroit?wprov=sfla1 Good read.
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level 57
Jul 8, 2018
America deindustrialized, and factory jobs disappeared. Detroit, along with the rest of the rust belt, was heavily reliant on that industry so that's why people left.
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level 47
Jul 11, 2018
When your economy is based off one type of product you are at the whim of the invisible hand, and the visible ones.