Stay or Go?: Shrinking Cities Raise Questions Philadelphia recently lost its standing as America's fifth-largest city to Phoenix. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that many of the nation's older industrial cities, such as Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia, are steadily losing population.
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Stay or Go?: Shrinking Cities Raise Questions

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Stay or Go?: Shrinking Cities Raise Questions

Stay or Go?: Shrinking Cities Raise Questions

Stay or Go?: Shrinking Cities Raise Questions

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Philadelphia recently lost its standing as America's fifth-largest city to Phoenix. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that many of the nation's older industrial cities, such as Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia, are steadily losing population.

William Frey, a demographer, explains what's behind the trend.

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