USA Today and 24/7 Wall St. recently announced that, according to their recent population study, the Pine Bluff metropolitan area has lost more people over the past decade than any other region in the nation.

The report noted that between 2010 and 2017, the Pine Bluff area lost 9.1 percent of its population, down from 100,093 to 90,963. The largest population loss came between 2012 and 2013, when 1,651 people left the area, the report said.

Inside city limits, Pine Bluff’s population has declined from 49,083 in 2010 to an estimated 42,984 in 2017, according to Census data.

Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington said she is hopeful for the city’s rebirth despite the population losses.

“We see so much hope for the future of Pine Bluff,” she said. “With new industries on their way creating jobs, new amenities improving our quality of life, and a new civic spirit of working together, we look forward to seeing our city grow.”

Pine Bluff has been working toward a renaissance since passage of the Go Forward Pine Bluff sales tax in 2017. It’s designed to pump money into the city with renovation projects downtown and elsewhere.

Additionally, work on a brand new aquatics center, library and casino is also underway. The county is also expected to see an economic boost from a medical marijuana growing facility on Gravel Pit Road.

According to recent Census data, nearly a fifth of all states reported a population decline in the last two years. In many metro areas, the population decline is especially pronounced and has been a long-term trend, USA Today reported.

Population change is the product of two factors – net migration and natural growth. Natural growth is simply the number of births over a given period less the number of deaths. Net migration is the difference between the number of new residents – either from other parts of the country or from abroad – and the number of residents who have left the area.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage change in the population of 382 U.S. metro areas between 2010 and 2017 to identify the fastest shrinking American cities. Over that period, 25 metro areas reported population declines of between 3 percent and 10 percent.

To identify America’s 25 fastest shrinking cities, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed population percentage changes in U.S. metropolitan statistical areas from July 2012 to July 2017 from the U.S. Census Bureau. Median household income figures for each city are for 2017 and came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

The organization also looked at the seasonally adjusted December 2018 unemployment rate from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data on the population change due to migration and natural growth from April 2010 to July 2017 came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

25. Lima, OH
• 2010-2017 population change: -3.0 percent (from 106,366 to 103,198)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -4,504
• Largest 12 month change: -750 (2014-2015)
• Median household income: $47,592

24. Rockford, IL
• 2010-2017 population change: -3.1 percent (from 349,194 to 338,291)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -18,789
• Largest 12 month change: -2,259 (2013-2014)
• Median household income: $50,324

23. Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL
• 2010-2017 population change: -3.2 percent (from 118,466 to 114,728)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -3,450
• Largest 12 month change: -737 (2012-2013)
• Median household income: $41,687

22. Bay City, MI
• 2010-2017 population change: -3.2 percent (from 107,676 to 104,239)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -2,644
• Largest 12 month change: -781 (2014-2015)
• Median household income: $44,756

21. Lawton, OK
• 2010-2017 population change: -3.2 percent (from 131,579 to 127,349)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -9,641
• Largest 12 month change: -2,169 (2015-2016)
• Median household income: $50,980

20. Kankakee, IL
• 2010-2017 population change: -3.4 percent (from 113,418 to 109,605)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -5,721
• Largest 12 month change: -823 (2013-2014)
• Median household income: $54,911

19. Binghamton, NY
• 2010-2017 population change: -3.7 percent (from 251,519 to 242,217)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -9,470
• Largest 12 month change: -2,007 (2015-2016)
• Median household income: $51,360

18. Rocky Mount, NC
• 2010-2017 population change: -3.7 percent (from 152,407 to 146,738)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -6,338
• Largest 12 month change: -1,448 (2014-2015)
• Median household income: $38,972

17. Ocean City, NJ
• 2010-2017 population change: -3.8 percent (from 97,222 to 93,553)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -781
• Largest 12 month change: -725 (2014-2015)
• Median household income: $62,548

16. Pittsfield, MA
• 2010-2017 population change: -3.8 percent (from 131,294 to 126,313)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -2,325
• Largest 12 month change: -1,017 (2014-2015)
• Median household income: $58,418

15. Elmira, NY
• 2010-2017 population change: -3.9 percent (from 88,985 to 85,557)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -3,627
• Largest 12 month change: -990 (2015-2016)
• Median household income: $51,269

14. Albany, GA
• 2010-2017 population change: -3.9 percent (from 157,596 to 151,434)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -10,964
• Largest 12 month change: -1,607 (2014-2015)
• Median household income: $40,667

13. Saginaw, MI
• 2010-2017 population change: -4.0 percent (from 199,851 to 191,934)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -9,783
• Largest 12 month change: -1,958 (2014-2015)
• Median household income: $45,849

12. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA
• 2010-2017 population change: -4.1 percent (from 564,837 to 541,926)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -14,057
• Largest 12 month change: -4,303 (2015-2016)
• Median household income: $44,981

11. Flint, MI
• 2010-2017 population change: -4.1 percent (from 424,938 to 407,385)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -22,658
• Largest 12 month change: -3,847 (2011-2012)
• Median household income: $43,955

10. Cumberland, MD-WV
• 2010-2017 population change: -4.2 percent (from 103,161 to 98,837)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -2,556
• Largest 12 month change: -794 (2011-2012)
• Median household income: $45,808

9. Decatur, IL
• 2010-2017 population change: -4.5 percent (from 110,777 to 105,801)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -6,090
• Largest 12 month change: -1,110 (2014-2015)
• Median household income: $46,198

8. Wheeling, WV-OH
• 2010-2017 population change: -4.5 percent (from 147,901 to 141,254)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -3,761
• Largest 12 month change: -1,617 (2016-2017)
• Median household income: $44,131

7. Danville, IL
• 2010-2017 population change: -4.6 percent (from 81,639 to 77,909)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -4,417
• Largest 12 month change: -778 (2013-2014)
• Median household income: $45,481

6. Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH
• 2010-2017 population change: -4.9 percent (from 124,326 to 118,250)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -2,086
• Largest 12 month change: -1,379 (2015-2016)
• Median household income: $44,733

5. Beckley, WV
• 2010-2017 population change: -5.1 percent (from 124,959 to 118,543)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -4,503
• Largest 12 month change: -1,818 (2016-2017)
• Median household income: $44,178

4. Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ
• 2010-2017 population change: -5.3 percent (from 131,782 to 124,756)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -9,495
• Largest 12 month change: -2,494 (2012-2013)
• Median household income: $45,508

3. Charleston, WV
• 2010-2017 population change: -5.5 percent (from 226,901 to 214,406)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -9,772
• Largest 12 month change: -3,329 (2016-2017)
• Median household income: $41,689

2. Johnstown, PA
• 2010-2017 population change: -7.2 percent (from 143,452 to 133,054)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -7,070
• Largest 12 month change: -2,769 (2012-2013)
• Median household income: $44,100

1. Pine Bluff, AR
• 2010-2017 population change: -9.1 percent (from 100,093 to 90,963)
• 2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: -10,001
• Largest 12 month change: -1,651 (2012-2013)
• Median household income: $37,076