Most American cities, even Detroit, saw at least some economic growth over the past decade.The only two metro economies that actually shrunk were Flint, Mich. and Kokono, Ind., according to a huge pack of data from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Notably both cities are based around the auto industry.
Flint’s economy shrunk from $11.8 billion in 2000 to $11.4 billion in 2010 — an average annual growth rate of -0.4%.
Kokono’s economy shrunk from $3.9 billion to $3.7 billion — also shrinking at 0.4% per year.
Detroit fared only slightly better. It was one of nine cities with sub-1% growth, also including Saginaw, Mich.; Springfield, Ohio; Hickory, N.C.; Mansfield, Ohio; San Jose, Calif.; Munci, Ind.
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