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Monday, March 25, 2013

Cleveland's Population Is Still Receding At Record Rates

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

With this month's release of the 2012 U.S. Census estimates, Clevelanders are getting one stone-cold confirmation: The city's population is still experiencing major shrinkage.

In fact, our city is at the top of any and all *major metro shrinkage* lists - including the one you keep under your mattress. From 2011 to 2012, the change in population is estimated at -.2 percent, just a smidge beyond the net loss of cities like Buffalo, N.Y., and Hartford, Conn.

One upside is that the aptly named "clobbered metros" like Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, et. al. actually saw the most significant growth in relative terms over that same one-year period. While Cleveland's contribution is mostly dead weight this time around, the overall news is, at best, quasi-healthy and somewhat optimistic.

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