It all started here.
Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. First in a series.
Population loss by degrees: 80-90%, 70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts
- 10.7% - Alexander County
- 33.4% - Illinois
- 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
- 21.9% - Alexander County
- 15.6% - Illinois
- 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
- 30.3% - Alexander County
- 12.1% - Illinois
- 11.8% - U.S.
Greetings from Trump's America.
3rd-party candidates received 11.4% of vote in 1992, 7.9% of vote in 1996, 2.2% in 2016
(George Wallace received 21.1% of the vote in 1968.)
Their Public Housing at the End of Its Life, Residents Ask: What Now? (The New York Times, 5/17/2017)
This is the problem of decaying public housing complexes in a small, fading and remote city.
In an age when mixed-income and scattered, voucher-based housing has long overtaken the old model of large public complexes, Cairo (pronounced CARE-oh) has a shrinking population now down to fewer than 3,000, no functioning grocery store or gas station, and a main thoroughfare with an ornate, arching entry that reads “Historic Downtown Cairo” but one that features shuttered storefronts, vacant lots and, on a recent day, not a person in sight.