The fastest shrinking cities in the US

These American cities are feeling the effects of economic decline

#6 Charleston, West Virginia

The fastest shrinking cities in the US 13
Josh Stapler, Wikimedia Commons

Population in 2010: 278,859 

Population in 2020: 258,859

Charleston is the heart of commerce and government for the Kanawha County. Early on, the most prevalent industries in this city included salt, natural gas, and coal. With regard to population, this city is the 6th fastest shrinking metropolis in America with a decline of 6.9%. The population decline has been attributed to manufacturing, coal, and chemical plant jobs leaving the area.

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