Cincinnati leads nation in population decline
Cincinnati is leading the nation -- in population decline, that is. Census figures released today show that the city suffered the fastest population decline last year among 245 cities with at least 100-thousand people. Cincinnati's July 2003 population was 317-thousand-361 -- a drop of one-point-five percent from 2002. Cincinnati's population has fallen four-point-two percent since April 2000. Many residents are choosing to live in suburbs in Northern Kentucky, and Butler, Warren and Clermont counties in southwest Ohio. Experts say high-wage earners are moving to the suburbs because they want bigger houses on larger lots. More highway construction has made commuting easier.