Friday, March 20, 2009

A dubious distinction for Pittsburgh

In this article from Forbes, Pittsburgh ranks #8 ... This might not have been bad, were it not the list of "America's Downsized Cities". I suppose the good news is that cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Youngstown, Flint, etc. all rank higher than Pittsburgh ...

Quoting the article:
To determine America's Downsized Cities, we used 2008 population estimates for the 125 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S., released Thursday by the Census Bureau. We compared those estimates with 2007 population estimates to determine the percent change year-over-year. Then we looked at the percent change in population from 2000 to 2007. We combined those two rankings--weighting down the more relevant 2007-2008 percent change--for a final ranking.

While migration has slowed in general, these metro areas saw an actual decrease in population, whereas others stayed flat or continued to grow, if at a decreased pace.

Anyway, the list is:
  1. Youngstown OH
  2. Flint MI
  3. Cleveland OH
  4. Detroit MI
  5. Dayton OH
  6. Buffalo NY
  7. Toledo OH
  8. Pittsburgh PA
  9. Lansing MI
  10. Providence RI

1 comment:

Peter B. said...

Interesting. Four of them is in Ohio. What's wrong with our neighbour state?