Cincinnati Leads Nation In Population Decline

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.

Cincinnati was one of the ten largest US cities in the late 1800s.