Tuesday, February 17, 2009

America's Emptiest Cities According to Forbes.com

An article at Forbes.com lists America's 15 Emptiest Cities based on rental vacancies and housing vacancies. The way they list the names of multiple cities per list item, I think they're actually listing metro areas rather than cities proper.

Unfortunately, two of North Carolina's metro areas are in the list, including the Greensboro/High Point area. At first look I thought Winston-Salem was included in that, especially since Winston-Salem has been cranking out the house construction in recent years despite not bursting at the seams with new jobs. But Winston-Salem and Greensboro are considered different metro areas now, so maybe Greensboro is worse off than Winston-Salem. On the other hand, I think they made the list out of the nation's 75 largest metros, and the Winston-Salem metro may be a little lower on the list than #75. My guess is, what's bad news for Greensboro is bad news for Winston too.

Here's the Forbes list of America's Emptiest Cities (Metro Areas):

15. (tie) Charlotte/Gastonia/Concord, NC
15. (tie) Cincinnati, Ohio / Middletown, KY
14. Bakersfield, CA
13. Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL
12. Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, IL
11. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Miami Beach, FL
09. (tie) Indianapolis, IN
09. (tie) Jacksonville, FL
08. Kansas City, MO / Kansas City, KS
07. Orlando, FL
06. Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale, AZ
05. Dayton, OH
04. Greensboro/High Point, NC
03. Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Marietta, GA
02. Detroit/Warren/Livonia, MI
01. Las Vegas/Paradise, NV

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