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U.S. population growth hit an 80-year low of . The slowdown in growth – an already familiar phenomenon in some of the world’s most economically advanced countries – is largely attributable to a declining birthrate. Slowing growth nationwide does not begin to tell the story of some American cities that are being gutted year after year.

There are dozens of U.S. metro areas where the population has declined by over 3% in recent years. While an aging population and slowing birth rates are often a factor, in most of these cities, the population decline is mostly attributable to people moving away.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed population change from July 1, 2010 to