Which Metropolitan Areas In the United States Have Been Declining In Population?

Most metropolitan areas in the United States that have been losing people are in the North or East.

The areas shrinking fastest in the 1990s were Utica-Rome, New York; Binghamton, New York; Steubenville-Weirton, Ohio-West Virginia; and Grand Forks, North Dakota-Minnesota.

A metropolitan area is also sometimes known as a commuter belt or a labor market area.

One of the most common reasons people move away from metropolitan areas is to find a new job in a different city or town.

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