Cities where the Sunbelt ain’t shining


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                   Lobby of the long abandoned Hotel Pines in Pine Bluff, AR in 2014 –                     Source: http://ualrpublicradio.org/posts

Despite the continued growth of many urban areas across the Sunbelt, some places have not participated or appear to be faltering. the image above of the Hotel Pines resembles the interior of many abandoned buildings in the Northeast and Midwest. Here’s a list of nine Sunbelt cities whose core population has dropped in the past five years (and in some cases much longer):

  • Montgomery, Alabama: 205,674 (2010) to 200,602 (2015) = -2.7 percent
  • Jackson, Mississippi: 173,514 (2010) to 170,674 (2015) = -1.6 percent
  • Macon-Bibb, Georgia: 155,301 (2010) to 153,515 (2015) = – 1.2 percent
  • Albany, Georgia: 77,434 (2010) to 74,843 (2015) = -3.3 percent
  • Rocky Mount, North Carolina: 57,477 (2010) to 55,806 (2015) = -2.9 percent
  • Pine Bluff, Arkansas: 49,083 (2010) to 44,772 (2015) = -8.9 percent
  • Farmington, New Mexico: 45,877 (2010) to 42,871 (2015) = -6.6 percent
  • Danville, Virginia: 43,055 (2010) to 42,082 (2015) = -2.3 percent
  • Greenville, Mississippi: 34,400 (2010) to 32,156 (2015) = -6.5 percent

Source: Census Bureau, May 2016

Whether this is a short-term blip or a long-term issue remains to be seen for most of the cities listed. However, Pine Bluff, AR; Danville, VA; and Greenville, MS have suffered population loss for some time. Pine Bluff’s population peaked at 57,400 in 1970, Danville peaked at 53,056 in 1990, and Greenville peaked at 45,226 in 1990.

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One Response to Cities where the Sunbelt ain’t shining

  1. There’s something about this picture that tells an amazing story. Regarding the point of the article, I hope that the future holds a smarter and more swift system for the reuse and repurposing of old buildings.

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