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San Francisco Becomes Fastest-Shrinking U.S. City
Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | Thu Jul 10, 5:00 PM ET | Andrea Orr

Posted on 07/11/2003 1:49:17 PM PDT by hattend

San Francisco Becomes Fastest-Shrinking U.S. City Thu Jul 10, 5:00 PM ET Add Top Stories - Reuters to My Yahoo!

By Andrea Orr

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - I left my forwarding address in San Francisco.

The foggy city by the bay, which has lost jobs and income in the technology industry bust, saw the largest population decline of any major city in the United States last year, according to U.S. Census data.

San Francisco's population declined by 1.5 percent or nearly 12,000 between July 2001 and July 2002, making it the biggest loser among 242 U.S. cities with more than 100,000 people, a report released on Thursday showed.

San Francisco, with a population of about 776,000 in mid-2002, joins some other famously depressed U.S. cities, including Flint, Michigan, which ranked 240 on the list with a population decline of 1.4 percent or 1,687 people, and Gary, Indiana, which came in at 227, losing 0.8 percent of its population, or 793 people. San Francisco lost 11,929 residents over the same one-year period.

But the exodus from the San Francisco Bay Area appears more pronounced considering all the other surrounding cities that also suffered big population declines.

Second to last on the list was Sunnyvale, California, a Silicon Valley city about 50 miles south of San Francisco, and the home to number of high-tech companies and high-tech workers, who were hit hard by the dot-com bust. Sunnyvale's population declined by 1.4 percent, or 1,830 people, the report showed.

DOT-COM ADIEU

San Jose, California, also a key Silicon Valley city, ranked near the bottom of the list, at 220, as did Daly City, just outside of San Francisco, which ranked 236. San Jose lost 5,740 people or 0.6 percent of its people and Daly City 1,089 people or 1.1 percent.

Hundreds of high-tech start-up companies based in northern California have closed their doors during the past three years, sending many people out of town in search of work.

California's Employment Development Department said San Francisco had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.6 percent in May, compared with a national rate of 6.1 percent. The jobless rate in Santa Clara County, encompassing Sunnyvale and much of Silicon Valley, was 8 percent.

This recent exodus marks a stark reversal of trends seen in the late 1990s when engineers and recent college and business school graduates thronged to the Silicon Valley region seeking work at high-tech companies that offered generous compensation and stock option packages.

Although San Francisco has not ranked among the fastest growing cities at any time in recent history, it did show healthy expansion throughout the 1990s, with its population growing 7.3 percent over the course of that decade, census data show.

Most of the fastest growth in the United States meanwhile, is occurring in southern California and throughout the Southwest. The Census report ranked Gilbert, Arizona, with a 10.3 percent population increase last year alone, as the fastest growing city in the U.S.

North Las Vegas, Nevada came in second with Rancho Cucamonga near Los Angeles; Henderson, Nevada; and Joliet, Illinois rounding out the top five.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Arizona; US: California; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: sanfrancisco; turnoutlights
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To: Cacique
San Freakcisco is reaping the benefits of all those tech job exports you have been posting me about. Hate to say it, but couldn't happen to a nicer bowl of fruitloops.

Maybe Dick and Bruce can move to India now.

101 posted on 07/11/2003 6:31:26 PM PDT by Clemenza (East side, West side, all around the town. Tripping the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York)
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To: JoeSixPack1
Somebody is flat out lieing. My little east coast FloridUH town had a 21% population increase this past census because of the West Palm Beach exodus.

Really? Are they bringing their Commie politics and obnoxious attitudes with them to your town. Be prepared to flee the East Coast, because the Condo Commies will be up to Amelia Island in the next 10-15 years and will be voting in Wexler clones.

102 posted on 07/11/2003 6:35:56 PM PDT by Clemenza (East side, West side, all around the town. Tripping the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York)
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To: kellynla
I think Willie Brown has done a better job than a lot of his predecessors.

I think SF really went downhill after the '89 earthquake. It took forever for the freeways to get fixed. The homeless situation got a lot worse.

It's a very depressing city to go to.
103 posted on 07/11/2003 6:44:06 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: Grando Calrissian
It's amusing how people get so worked up over a city they:

A - don't live in B - will never live in C - will never visit D - have never been to

Speaking as someone who has lived most of his life in and around NY, I wholeheartedly concur.

104 posted on 07/11/2003 6:45:51 PM PDT by Clemenza (East side, West side, all around the town. Tripping the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York)
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To: July 4th; hattend; BillyBoy
North Las Vegas, Nevada came in second with Rancho Cucamonga near Los Angeles; Henderson, Nevada; and Joliet, Illinois rounding out the top five.

Joliet has a HUGE illegal Mexican population.

105 posted on 07/11/2003 6:47:51 PM PDT by Clemenza (East side, West side, all around the town. Tripping the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York)
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To: cherry_bomb88
Dear CB:

Angels?

Now that you live here in DuPage you have to make the great choice Cubs or Sox. Sorry!

106 posted on 07/11/2003 7:01:00 PM PDT by reg45
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To: reg45
I have been a Cubs fan for a very long time....even in Cali, back when WGN was first on cable in like 1986 or 87.

BUT, my AL team is still the Angels...sorry...but I am a Bears fan...been a Bears fan since 1985 when they won the superbowl...and amazingly enough, I've stayed one even though they haven't done anything since!

107 posted on 07/11/2003 7:03:02 PM PDT by cherry_bomb88 (The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven~Milton)
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To: Onelifetogive

108 posted on 07/11/2003 7:06:16 PM PDT by reg45
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To: BIGZ
Pond scum has no gender!
109 posted on 07/11/2003 7:08:16 PM PDT by reg45
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To: luckystarmom
Well it's only been a depressing city since Brown has been mayor. I don't know how long you have lived in SF but when Frank Jordan was mayor there weren't nearly the problems you have today. And the problems you have with crime and vagrancy has nothing to do with earthquakes which you have had in SF since it's inception. But you guys keep making excuses for Willie and SF will continue to go to hell in a handbasket.
110 posted on 07/11/2003 7:15:15 PM PDT by kellynla ("C" 1/5 1st Mar Div Viet Nam '69 & '70 Semper Fi)
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To: hattend
Has to be the Dot Bomb scenario...many Bay area people are moving here to the valley looking for employment.
111 posted on 07/11/2003 7:20:14 PM PDT by patriot5186
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To: cherry_bomb88
Just Kidding CB:

I was born in Chicago (the city), but my family moved to southern Indiana when I was five. I spent my school years as the only Cubs fan (except for immediate family) in a whole town of Cincinnati Reds fans.

Aargh!

The good news was that it was before the AFL/AFC existed. No Bengals and the Colts were still in Baltimore - so we did have Bears fans in town.

112 posted on 07/11/2003 7:28:40 PM PDT by reg45
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To: qam1
Probably not. It's probably the Conservatives leaving for better (political and cultural) climes.
113 posted on 07/11/2003 7:51:13 PM PDT by BlueOneGolf (Help KY elect a Republican Governor. Donate at http://www.fletcher2003.com/contribute.htm)
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To: JoeSixPack1
saw the largest population decline of any major city

"Somebody is flat out lieing. "

I think the key word is major

114 posted on 07/11/2003 8:21:39 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda
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To: Clemenza
They're headin' this way. And to answer your question : yes.

So, in about 2 years my home will double in value and I'll move to the next cleared out orange or mellon grove and start again. :-)
115 posted on 07/11/2003 8:36:52 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (POW/MIA - Bring 'em home, or send us back! Semper Fi)
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To: Clemenza
My cousin just recently moved out of San Francisco. Unfortunately she moved somewhere else within California. I keep telling them to dump the state but they are too tied to the damm place. I guess it's an emotional atachment, being born there and all.



116 posted on 07/11/2003 9:00:19 PM PDT by Cacique
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To: Grando Calrissian
Were you triping on acid (LSD) when you did your profile page?



117 posted on 07/11/2003 9:08:40 PM PDT by Cacique
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To: Onelifetogive
That's what I was thinking, but I was going to say it a little nicer. I've seen someone die from aids and it's not a pretty picture. But ... SF does have a high aids count and those deaths could account for so many people leaving.
118 posted on 07/11/2003 11:12:31 PM PDT by CyberAnt ( America - You Are The Greatest!!)
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To: Slyfox
My 4 bedroom house worth 240,000 in North Texas would be worth over a million in Mountain View.

$240,000 will buy you a hovel in San Francisco. I'm dumbfounded that you can get a 4-bedroom house for that amount.

I wish tourists would forget politics when they visit here. Just enjoy the natural beauty! Anywhere along the waterfront is astroundingly gorgeous.

From the Embarcadero, to Pier 39, to Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park, the Marina Greens, the yacht harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Palace of the Legion of Honor - if you stay along the water's edge, your eyes will have a feast. So much blue!

119 posted on 07/12/2003 1:04:49 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: kellynla
Run Tony Run....
120 posted on 07/12/2003 3:34:24 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Tony Hall, that is.)
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To: Grando Calrissian
...cats and dogs living together!
121 posted on 07/12/2003 3:43:38 PM PDT by breakem
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To: Drango
15% voted GOP and you claim that's normal? I might have naively thought the same thing prior to doing quite a bit of travel around the US and seeing how the real US were. You need to get away from the City and see it from the outside looking in. Then you'll understand. Not everyone leveling criticism on this thread is, as Herb Caen would have written, an "auslander!"
122 posted on 07/23/2003 5:00:34 PM PDT by GOP_1900AD (Un-PC even to "Conservatives!" - Right makes right)
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