Taking a close look at data from the U.S. Census Bureau, these are the top cities that Americans have been leaving in recent years. Contributing factors include job cuts, crime, and opportunity elsewhere. Cities in Illinois and Louisiana are getting hit particularly hard as they fail to make the adjustments needed to keep their residents. While many of the American cities on this list have a struggling economy and other clearly identifiable faults, a few of the cities experiencing population declines are highly desirable areas that are simply not affordable.
Although it’s one of the bigger cities along the Gulf Coast, the population of Mobile, Alabama doesn’t tend to fluctuate. The city’s mayor, Sandy Stimpson, remarked that the population hasn’t grown “in over 50 years.” Even worse, in recent years it’s decreased.
Between 2016 and 2017, Mobile’s population declined 0.7% as 1,325 of the city’s residents left. The unemployment rate is stuck at 4.1%, higher than the national average, while sales taxes burden residents at 10%.