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 Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, 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 numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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