Baltimore Lost 1,500 People in the First 15 Months After 2010 Census

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And you thought Baltimor Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s goal of attracting 22,500 new residents to Baltimore in the next ten years was tough enough already. And now the U.S. Census Bureau has used data on housing units, number of people moving, births, and deaths to determine that Baltimore’s population dropped by approximately 1,500 people between April 2010 and July 2011.

That means we were hemorrhaging 100 people a month. And if the population naturally continues on that downward trend, then even if we attract 22,500 new residents (or 10,000 new families) to Baltimore over the next 120 months, its impact will be undermined by the steady exodus.

Not only that, but how much harder will it be to attract those people when it seems that Baltimore’s unofficial slogan “A Nice Place to Leave” has firmly lodged itself in our minds?

Who do we imagine these new residents will be? Healthcare professionals? Artists? Lovers of nightlife and craft beer? This is not a rhetorical question. Neither is this one: If you weren’t from the area, what do you think could make you move to Baltimore?

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  1. This is my problem with SRB. She says she wants to encourage 10,000 new families to come into the city and does absolutely nothing to make it happen. Having a vision with no meaningful strategy nor sustainable goals is like saying we’re going to the moon and then never building a rocket.

  2. The SRB 10k new families is nothing more than political rhetoric that sounds great. Much like Dixon said she would end homelessness as the numbers have climbed. It sounds good to say this kind of stuff. When the date comes it will not acheived, but in the meantime the politician has moved on with no loss.

    Baltimore is great town, it can be a wonderful place to live. But its flight is largely due to its own dysfunction. Baltimore power protects its own, pacifies the electorate, and bleeds the tax payer. In the meantime most other east coast cities are seeing gains in population. Over 10k in Philly last year alone. What we are doing is not working, yet we continue to do it over and over… it is insanity.

    • You bring up an interesting point. The more closely one follows the doings of the local and state government, the more one has to wonder how many of Baltimore’s (and Maryland’s) problems ultimately stem from political dysfunction and corruption. It’s not so much that the solutions proposed by politicians are all terrible, but they are not attempted in earnest, with transparency.

  3. Unfortunately, attracting and keeping residents in Baltimore City will require a plan that addresses and solves issues of increased crime, poor schools, and high city taxes. Wishful thinking 10,000 new families isn’t going to cut it. As a taxpaying city homeowner I’d like know what’s the plan for keeping me from heading to the county. Lately the benefit of city living hasn’t outweighed the hassles-including outrageous and incorrect water bills!

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