7. Rochester, NY

Population: 207,294

Population Change 2000-2009: -12,180

Population Percent Change 2000-2009: -5.55%

Home Vacancy: 15.3%

Rochester has yet to produce an important replacement industry to drive up the population, and even the success in the 1990’s of Xerox has faded. Between 1950 and 2000, Rochester lost 34% of its population.

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