Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Disappearing U.S. city of the day: Benton Harbor, Michigan

Source:  Wikipedia

Benton Harbor's population peaked at 19,136 in 1960.  Its 2017 estimated population is 9,860 -- a drop of 48%.

Benton Harbor is located in Berrian County.  The county's population peaked at 171,276 in 1980.  Its 2017 estimated population is 154,259, a drop of 10%.  

The twin cities of Berrian County
Source:  Wikipedia

St. Joseph's population peaked at 11,755 in 1960.  Its 2017 estimated population is 8.363 -- a drop of  or 29%.

Related reading:
We've been talking a lot about class, what it means, and how we define it. 
We took a trip to St. Joseph and Benton Harbor.  They’re called the Twin Cities, but they're different. 
In Benton Harbor forty-three percent of families live below the poverty line. 
In St. Joseph it’s six percent.

The disappearing cities:
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.  (1/12/2019)
Baltimore, Maryland.  (12/31/2018)
Buffalo, New York, (1/8/2019)
Cairo, Illinois.   (1/5/2019)
Cleveland, Ohio (1/2/2018)
Detroit, Michigan.  (1/1/2019)
East St. Louis, Illinois.  (1/11/2019)
Flint, Michigan.  (1/7/2019)
Gary, Indiana.  (1/4/2019)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  (1/6/2019)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (1/13/2019)
St. Louis, Missouri.  (1/2/2019)
Scranton, Pennsylvania.  (1/14/2019)
Youngstown, Ohio.  (1/9/2019)

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