Baltimore population loss not as bad as other cities'
Holy cow. Cleveland lost 17 percent of its population in the last decade. About 82,000 people. Since Baltimore was one of the first rust-belt cities to have its 2010 Census results announced, I've been waiting to see how our peers fared.
The answer so far, not so good. Results for Ohio and Pennsylvania are just out. Baltimore's loss of 4.6 percent of its residents over the decade is a significant continuation of a trend that has been going on for half a century. But it's not nearly as bad as the Cleveland hemorrhage. Or even Pittsburgh's population loss of 8.6 percent.
Cincinnati lost 10.4 percent of its people. Toledo, 8.4 percent, Akron, 8.3 percent.
UPDATE: St. Louis also lost population -- 8 percent.
Some Ohio and Pennsylvania cities, however, grew. Fueled by state government, education and health-care jobs, Columbus grew by 10.6 percent.
The most impressive rustbelt urban performance so far, however, is possibly by Philadelphia. From the Philly Inquirer:
The population of Philadelphia grew ever so slightly in the past decade, reversing a 50-year trend of decline, according to official census figures released today.
The number of people living in the city increased by 8,456 to 1,526,006, a rise of 0.6 percent.
Still, it's cause for celebration by government leaders and civic boosters, who have labored to lure people and businesses back to the city and stop the hemorrhage of population.
It suggests that Philadelphia's population may have stabilized, after decade upon decade of drops that began when Harry Truman was president.