Washington has experienced some of the most notable inrushes of people, with over a million new residents relocating since 2010. As so many people have migrated in, many cities and towns have received a boost, but not all.
One city that has struggled to keep hold of its existing residents, never mind attracting new ones, is Hoquiam. This city has witnessed its population fall since 2000 to 8,596, with poor job prospects the main cause for people leaving Hoquiam behind.
Maine residents have fled to other states searching for better job opportunities, with Bangor suffering the most significant shrink. Bangor is recognized as the "Queen City" of Maine. Around 3.2% of Bangor's residents have left since 2010, essentially due to the limited job market.
Six of Bangor's leading paper mills had no other choice but to shut down in recent times, meaning lay-offs for thousands across the city. Once the paper industry started to decline, it was only a matter of time before residents would search for employment in other cities.
Goldsboro, North Carolina
We can't blame anyone who lived in Goldsboro for leaving after two hydrogen bombs were dropped on the city back in the 60s. Fortunately, neither of them detonated and while one was retrieved, the other has still not been found.
Goldsboro's residents learned in 2013 that three out of four switches that prevented the device's detonation from going off failed. With this kind of risk, 6% of Goldsboro's population has concluded that sticking around wasn't exactly worth it.
Like Texas, Utah is also relishing in their population boom with people from all over the country wanting to move there. There weren't any major cities or towns experiencing population decreases, with some places feeling unprecedented growths.
Every single city and town with a population of more than 10,000 experienced a population increase except Taylorsville, which has heeded a piddling reduction since 2010.
Although it might be one of the most well-known cities in America, Baltimore has witnessed a steady decline in population since the 50s. With 1.2% of the city’s population leaving between 2018 and 2019, which means approximately 7,200 people backed their bags in search of greener pastures.
Baltimore's cost of living is 17% higher than the national average and that problem is part of a broader issue for Baltimore, with an estimated 3% population decrease since 2000.