3. Cleveland, OH

Population: 431,369

Population Change 2000-2009: -45,205

Population Percent Change 2000-2009: -9.49%

Home Vacancy: 17.5%

The decline of industrial American has hit the city particularly hard, and poverty, a default on municipal debt in the 70′s, and pollution have earned the city the nickname “the mistake on the lake.”   In 1948, the city had over 910,000 people; it now has less than half of that.

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