19 Large Cities That Have Shrunk

Jeff Glennon

Akron, Ohio

Peak Population: 290,351 in 60s, 45th Most|| 2000 Population: 216,853, 82nd Most
2019 Population: 198,006, 120th most || Change from 60s to Present: 92,345
Founded in 1825, the city of Akron is known for one product that can be seen all over the United States: Good Year tires. The company is still headquartered there, a reminder of why the city was once known as “The Rubber Capital of the World.”

A running theme that exists with cities is that areas that are focused mostly on one major product will eventually decline. Akron has been trying to boost its population for years, but it continues to lose inhabitants.