Earlier this month, we reported that Baltimore was dubbed the ‘most robbed’ city in America, and also mentioned its population continues to collapse.
“Thousands of people are fleeing the city each year as total population plummets to 100-year lows. There are about 46,000 vacant rowhomes scattered throughout the area, or roughly 15% of the housing stock is dormant. On a per capita basis, the city has the highest rate of homicides per 100,000 in the country. Opioids from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland Medical Center continue to flood the poorest of neighborhoods, leaving the African American communities in a perpetual state of addiction, along with the need for constant government assistance programs. With the local economy basically a black market, gangs roam the streets like a third world country.”
Now there is new data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual population that has confirmed our thoughts: Baltimore is descending into chaos as a mass exodus of its residents is currently underway.
Government data showed the city lost 7,346 people, or 1.2% of its population, during the 12 months that ended July 1, 2018, reported The Baltimore Sun.
The exodus, which puts Baltimore’s population at 602,495 as of July 1, 2018, is one of the biggest losses the city has seen since 2001.
Census data showed domestic migration was the primary reason behind Baltimore’s annual population decline. Between July 2017 and July 2018, the city lost 10,000 residents who fled to surrounding counties or other states.
Baltimore officials will never admit it, but the primary reason for the recent acceleration in population decline is due to the 2015 Baltimore Riots.
The Census said international migration added almost 2,000 new residents to Baltimore from abroad, including military personnel, students, and immigrants. Government data showed the natural increase in the population was about 1,037.
International migration has added 22,575 residents statewide, which was greater than the natural population increase of 19,845 and partially offset domestic population loss of 24,518. As a whole, Maryland added just 17,827 residents over the year, a less than 0.3% increase, bringing its population to 6,042,718.
Since 2010, Baltimore has seen 18,500 residents flee the city, or 3% of its population, while the counties that surround the region have gained tremendous population.
The overall trend for Baltimore is down. In the mid-1950s, Baltimore was America’s sixth most populous city, with more than 900,000 residents.
The city was one of the beating industrial hearts of America for decades, but since de-industrialization started in the 1970s to the present date, the city teeters on the edge of collapse.
Case studies are currently being written about the failures of Baltimore. The goal of the nation, the goal of “Make America Great Again” should be understanding how to solve Baltimore’s problems before the city collapses, could be used as a blueprint in fixing inner cities across the country.
Time is ticking, Baltimore is running out of time.