Sunday, January 6, 2019

Disappearing U.S. city of the day: Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Fewer people live in Johnstown today than in the '90s.  The 1890s.

Source:  Wikipedia

Johnstown's population peaked at 67,327 in 1920.  Its 2017 estimated population is 20,894 -- a drop of 46,433, or 70%.

Source:  Wikipedia

Johnstown in located in Cambria County, where the population peaked at 213,549 in 1940.  Its 2017 estimated population is 133,054, a drop of 38%.  Greetings from Trump's America.

Related reading:
In Towns Already Hit by Steel Mill Closings, a New Casualty: Retail Jobs.  (The New York Times, 6/25/2017)
This city is perhaps still best known for a flood that ravaged it nearly 130 years ago. After rebuilding, Johnstown eventually became prosperous from its steel and offered a clear path to the middle class. For generations, people could walk out of high school and into a steady factory job. 
But today, the area bears the marks of a struggling town. Its population has dwindled, and addiction treatment centers and Dollar Generals stand in place of corner grocers and department stores like Glosser Brothers, once owned by the family of Stephen Miller, President Trump’s speechwriter and a policy adviser.

The disappearing cities:
Baltimore, Maryland.  (12/31/2018)
Cairo, Illinois.   (1/5/2019)
Cleveland, Ohio (1/2/2018)
Detroit, Michigan.  (1/1/2019)
Gary, Indiana.  (1/4/2019)
St. Louis, Missouri.  (1/2/2019)

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