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SLC Not Following Trend of Shrinking Cities

SLC Not Following Trend of Shrinking Cities



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(KSL News) The "big city" is not as big as it used to be. Reports from the Census Bureau show all but four of the nation's biggest cities have shrunk in the past 50 years.

Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and St. Louis all have lost more than half of their populations in that time period.

Reasons for the drop include a decline in the nation's manufacturing economy. Experts say workers left northern industrial cities to find work in the South.

The population here in Salt Lake City, on the other hand, is on the rebound. The Census Bureau numbers show the city's population has grown since 2004.

City economic advisor Alison McFarlane credits projects like the downtown rising and the City Creek project for the increase.

McFarlane told the Deseret Morning News an increase of amenities and job opportunities will continue to bring people to Salt Lake.

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