The 28 Fastest-Shrinking Cities In The World

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Despite the global wave of urbanization, some cities are shrinking.Among nearly 600 major cities listed in a UN report, 28 cities are on track to shrink between 1990 and 2025.

Russia dominates the list, along with many cities in former Soviet states. There are some surprises on there too, like Rome, Milan, and Turin in Italy.

We also published a list of the fastest-growing cities, which was dominated by China.

28. Havana, Cuba

1990 Population: 2,108,000

2010 Population: 2,130,000

2025 Population: 2,094,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -0.66%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

27. Rome, Italy

1990 Population: 3,450,000

2010 Population: 3,362,000

2025 Population: 3,376,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -2.14%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

26. Novosibirsk, Russia

1990 Population: 1,430,000

2010 Population: 1,397,000

2025 Population: 1,398,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -2.24%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

25. Milan, Italy

1990 Population: 3,063,000

2010 Population: 2,967,000

2025 Population: 2,981,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -2.68%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

24. Yerevan, Armenia

1990 Population: 1,175,000

2010 Population: 1,112,000

2025 Population: 1,143,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -2.72%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

23. Omsk, Russia

1990 Population: 1,144,000

2010 Population: 1,124,000

2025 Population: 1,112,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -2.80%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

22. Chelyabinsk, Russia

1990 Population: 1,129,000

2010 Population: 1,094,000

2025 Population: 1,095,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -3.01%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

21.Prague, Czech Republic

1990 Population: 1,212,000

2010 Population: 1,162,000

2025 Population: 1,173,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -3.22%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

20. Volgograd, Russia

1990 Population: 999,000

2010 Population: 977,000

2025 Population: 964,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -3.50%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

19. Bucharest, Romania

1990 Population: 2,040,000

2010 Population: 1,934,000

2025 Population: 1,963,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -3.77%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

18. Voronezh, Russia

1990 Population: 880,000

2010 Population: 842,000

2025 Population: 838,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -4.77%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

17. Turin, Italy

1990 Population: 1,775

2010 Population: 1,665

2025 Population: 1,680

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -5.35%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

16. Ufa, Russia

1990 Population: 1,078,000

2010 Population: 1,023,000

2025 Population: 1,016,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -5.75%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

15. Tbilisi, Georgia

1990 Population: 1,224,000

2010 Population: 1,120,000

2025 Population: 1,138,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -7.03%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

14. Seoul, South Korea

1990 Population: 10,544,000

2010 Population: 9,773,000

2025 Population: 9,767,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -7.37%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

13. Odessa, Ukraine

1990 Population: 1,092,000

2010 Population: 1,009,000

2025 Population: 1,011,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -7.42%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

12. Samara, Russia

1990 Population: 1,244,000

2010 Population: 1,131,000

2025 Population: 1,119,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -8.58%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

11. St. Petersburg, Russia

1990 Population: 4,989,000

2010 Population: 4,575,000

2025 Population: 4,557,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -8.66%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

10. Kharkiv, Ukraine

1990 Population: 1,586,000

2010 Population: 1,453,000

2025 Population: 1,444,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -8.95%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

9. Perm, Russia

1990 Population: 1,076,000

2010 Population: 982,000

2025 Population: 972,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -9.67%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

8. Busan, South Korea

1990 Population: 3,778,000

2010 Population: 3,425,000

2025 Population: 3,409,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -9.77%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

7. Monrovia, Liberia

1990 Population: 1,042,000

2010 Population: 827,000

2025 Population: 932,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -10.56%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

6. Saratov, Russia

1990 Population: 901,000

2010 Population: 822,000

2025 Population: 797,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -11.54%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

5. Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

1990 Population: 1,420,000

2010 Population: 1,267,000

2025 Population: 1,253,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -11.76%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

4. Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine

1990 Population: 873,000

2010 Population: 775,000

2025 Population: 758,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -13.17%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

3. Donetsk, Ukraine

1990 Population: 1,097,000

2010 Population: 966,000

2025 Population: 941,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -14.22%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

2. Budapest, Hungary

1990 Population: 2,005,000

2010 Population: 1,706,000

2025 Population: 1,711,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -14.66%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

1. Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

1990 Population: 1,162,000

2010 Population: 1,004,000

2025 Population: 967,000

Growth from 1990 to 2025: -16.78%

Source: State of the World's Cities 2012/2013

Meanwhile, some cities are growing by over 1000%.

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