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U.S. Cities That Have Lost 20% of its Population

Name the major U.S. cities that have lost at least a fifth of their total peaked population with the help of a map.
Every city had peaked from 1930 to 1970.
The city must have had over 60,000 people at its peak
In the table it refers to the total population lost by the cities in the quiz
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% Loss
City
Peak Pop.
2020 Pop.
Total Lost
24.15%
Chicago
3,620,962
2,746,388
-874,574
22.58%
Philadelphia
2,071,605
1,603,797
-467,808
65.45%
Detroit
1,849,568
639,111
-1,210,457
38.33%
Baltimore
949,708
585,708
-364,000
59.27%
Cleveland
914,808
372,624
-542,184
64.80%
St. Louis
856,796
301,578
-555,218
22.14%
Milwaukee
741,324
577,222
-164,102
55.24%
Pittsburgh
676,806
302,971
-373,835
38.81%
New Orleans
627,525
383,997
-243,528
52.02%
Buffalo
580,132
278,349
-301,783
38.63%
Cincinnati
503,998
309,317
-194,681
29.57%
Newark
442,337
311,549
-130,788
29.43%
Toledo
383,818
270,871
-112,947
41.11%
Birmingham
340,887
200,733
-140,154
36.44%
Rochester
332,488
211,328
-121,160
22.71%
Norfolk
307,951
238,005
-69,946
34.40%
Akron
290,351
190,469
-99,882
47.53%
Dayton
262,332
137,644
-124,688
24.68%
Providence
253,504
190,934
-62,570
32.62%
Syracuse
220,583
148,620
-71,963
24.25%
Jackson
202,895
153,701
-49,194
47.99%
Flint
196,940
102,434
-94,506
22.24%
Warren
179,260
139,387
-39,873
61.25%
Gary
178,320
69,093
-109,227
31.76%
Hartford
177,397
121,054
-56,343
64.67%
Youngstown
170,002
60,068
-109,934
46.78%
Scranton
143,433
76,328
-67,105
31.50%
Erie
138,440
94,831
-43,609
26.50%
Albany
134,995
99,224
-35,771
21.89%
South Bend
132,445
103,453
-28,992
29.01%
Trenton
128,009
90,871
-37,138
42.36%
Camden
124,555
71,791
-52,764
21.98%
Fall River
120,485
94,000
-26,485
39.38%
Canton
116,912
70,872
-46,040
% Loss
City
Peak Pop.
2020 Pop.
Total Lost
36.98%
Wilmington
112,504
70,898
-41,606
30.28%
Hammond
111,698
77,879
-33,819
22.00%
Somerville
103,908
81,045
-22,863
29.36%
St. Joseph
102,979
72,743
-30,236
52.47%
Niagara Falls
102,394
48,671
-53,723
35.83%
Utica
101,740
65,283
-36,457
55.02%
Saginaw
98,265
44,202
-54,063
29.93%
Schenectady
95,692
67,047
-28,645
25.04%
Decatur
94,081
70,522
-23,559
44.05%
Harrisburg
89,544
50,099
-39,445
33.16%
St. Clair Shores
88,093
58,874
-29,219
48.83%
Wilkes-Barre
86,626
44,328
-42,298
43.09%
Huntington
86,353
49,138
-37,215
32.49%
Royal Oak
86,238
58,211
-28,027
43.04%
Charleston
85,796
48,864
-36,932
29.09%
Springfield
82,723
58,662
-24,061
77.58%
East St. Louis
82,366
18,469
-63,897
25.07%
Pontiac
82,223
61,606
-20,617
46.42%
Altoona
82,054
43,963
-38,091
40.54%
Binghamton
80,674
47,969
-32,705
20.99%
Dearborn Heights
80,069
63,292
-16,807
33.08%
Troy
76,813
51,401
-25,412
30.55%
Euclid
71,552
49,692
-21,860
22.60%
Anderson
70,787
54,788
-15,999
27.40%
Lakewood
70,173
50,942
-19,231
71.21%
Johnstown
67,327
19,381
-47,946
41.85%
Atlantic City
66,198
38,497
-27,701
50.63%
Chester
66,039
32,605
-33,434
37.23%
Covington
65,252
40,961
-24,291
38.26%
Warren, OH
63,494
39,201
-24,293
26.69%
Cleveland Heights
61,813
45,312
-16,501
56.11%
Wheeling
61,659
27,062
-34,597
21.17%
Roseville
60,529
47,710
-12,819
36.50%
Holyoke
60,203
38,238
-21,965
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Level 70
Sep 8, 2022
One of these alone (to my knowledge) is distinctly unlike the others:

Somerville, MA lost population not because of urban decay, crime, mismanagement or race riots, but because living standards improved and tenements were refurbished as higher quality housing for fewer people. Manhattan in New York also has many fewer inhabitants than at its peak, because the tenements became normal apartments.

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Level 68
Sep 8, 2022
Very interesting!
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Level 82
Sep 8, 2022
Almost all rust belt towns. My dad grew up in #5 (and in nearby Boardman). His father was a steel worker.
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Level 64
Sep 8, 2022
white flight
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Level 33
Sep 8, 2022
Go live in East St. Louis then...
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Level 33
Sep 8, 2022
Grew up in Lakewood, OH. What was 90,000 back around 2008 (and even less in the 90s) is now 350,000+ (which isn't worth it). Taxes are also high (relative to Cleveland) and many of the houses are very close together. Families also didn't tend to stick around very long in neighborhoods. It seemed like it was a transient city and a temporary place for families to live before going somewhere better. Also, many of the houses where/are rentals, which furthermore drives the point of it being temporary.
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Level 88
May 20, 2023
Missing:

Atlantic City

Wilmington

Charleston, W.V.

Huntington

Wheeling

Warren, Michigan

Roseville

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Level 57
Oct 11, 2023
Holyoke, Massachusetts is missing! It peaked in 1920 with a population of 60,203. in the 2020 census, it had 38,238 residents. This is a decline of -21,965 or about -36.5%
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Level 68
Oct 17, 2023
Wow, thats interesting. I'll be sure to add it soon.
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Level 57
Dec 8, 2023
dont forget! ;)