America’s Fastest Dying and Fastest Growing Cities

Overpass America's Fastest Dying Cities, according to Forbes Magazine (in no particular order):

  • Canton, Ohio
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Youngstown, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Flint, Michigan
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Charleston, West Virginia

America's Fastest Growing Cities, according to CNN/Money (in no particular order)

  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Round Rock, Texas
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Killeen, Texas
  • McKinney, Texas
  • Cary, North Carolina
  • Gilbert, Arizona
  • Roseville, California
  • Irvine, California
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

Interesting. Seems there is a move from cold to warm climates, and from North to South. It would also be fair to say that there is a shift from blue-collar to white-collar jobs, and states with higher tax rates and regulations to those with lower tax rates–California is an exception on the fastest-growing list…though many of California's other cities are in decline. See this recent article in the Economist comparing California and Texas as the two states "competing" for America's future.

What do you think are the reasons for this shift, and what are the implications of this shift for Christianity and America going forward?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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3 thoughts on “America’s Fastest Dying and Fastest Growing Cities

  1. Interesting comment Betsie. My comment about “the collars” was rooted in the juxtaposition of fastest growing/dying cities. People aren’t likely leaving places like Dayton, Ohio and moving into Irvine, California or Round Rock, Texas for the manufacturiing jobs… or to be homeless. The shift from blue to white collar positions has been happening for years because of more college education opportunities, etc…though I’m not sure it’s a positive trend on the whole.
    The shift seems to me to be based on more than just FDR’s policies. Right now, for instance, California is in deep.
    I also think milder climates, better cultural experiences out west over time (as cities have grown), and the overall standard of living play a role. But, you may be right.

  2. During the depression, FDR realized how the federal government had ignored the South and he consciously directed federal money there (TVA, locating military bases there, Rural Electrification). Since WWII there has been a federal money transfer from the NE and upper midwest to the South and Southwest. (these areas receive back over 100% of the taxes they pay in federal spending.) It continues today. I find it sad that no one has re-examined this transfer of wealth, especially in light of the changes in the economy. There is no need for Canton to subsidize Dallas. In fact, it ought to be reversed.
    I disagree that there is a trend from blue to white collar – I think it’s blue collar to no collar (service workers).