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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



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