Jackson ranks second among places with the biggest population decline


Jackson ranked second among the Top 10 cities with the greatest declines in population over five years between 2017 and 2022, according to a SmartAsset study.

The study examined 344 U.S. cities that had a population of 100,000 or higher in 2022 based on a U.S. Census Bureau’s 1-Year American Community Survey.

The report found that Jackson’s population experienced a decline of 12.69% in its populace from 167,250 in 2017 to 146,019 in 2022.

A location of a demolished building in the 100 block of East Capitol Street in downtown Jackson, Miss., remains empty with a second demolished building space next to it Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.

SmartAsset said changes in population may be due to births, deaths or migrations.

“When a city’s population declines it can impact the housing market, small businesses, employment and other areas of the local economy,” the report states. “Paying attention to demographic changes can help residents, governments and businesses understand new trends and inform how to best position themselves.”


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