Donora's population peaked at 14,131 in 1920. Its 2016 estimated population is 4,622 -- a drop of 9,509 (67%).
Related reading:Unveiling a Museum, a Pennsylvania Town Remembers the Smog That Killed 20. (The New York Times, 11/1/2008)
“It was the first time that people really understood that a lot of air pollution in a short period of time could kill people,” said Dr. Devra Davis, director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh and author of “When Smoke Ran Like Water,” about air pollution. She is also a Donora native who was 2 at the time of the smog.
The Donora smog gained national attention and helped lead to some of the first local and state pollution control laws, and, eventually, the 1970 federal Clean Air Act.
Other disappearing cities and boroughs of the Keystone StateAliquippa. (1/12/2019)
Dickson City. (1/26/2019)
Other U.S. disappearing cities:
Baltimore, Maryland. (12/31/2018)
Benton Harbor, Michigan. (1/15/2019)
Buffalo, New York, (1/8/2019)
Cairo, Illinois. (1/5/2019)
Cleveland, Ohio (1/2/2019)
Detroit, Michigan. (1/1/2019)
East St. Louis, Illinois. (1/11/2019)
Flint, Michigan. (1/7/2019)
Gary, Indiana. (1/4/2019)
St. Louis, Missouri. (1/2/2019)
Wheeling, West Virginia. (1/16/2019)
Youngstown, Ohio. (1/9/2019)