The study points out that population decline will not happen rapidly but will occur over time. As once-thriving cities decay and suburbs expand, people’s interests change and they move to new places. As people move out of once-highly populated cities, the population rises and more people move into rural-like areas. The survey indicates that the younger generation will leave the current big cities and move elsewhere in search of better facilities
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Local governments and city planners have a big role to play in addressing the city’s population decline of 30,000. Infrastructural facilities should be improved and essential elements should be provided to the people. This will keep people in their cities to some extent. The collapse of the population has consequences and can lead to extraordinary challenges.
Access to transport, clean water, electricity and internet access is likely to be severely affected.
The study cautions that as more people move to resource-dense semi-urban-rural areas, the flow of needed resources to less densely populated areas will be hindered. This situation can be more challenging. Growth oriented planning is needed to solve this problem.
Many studies have been published on the decline of population in different cities of America. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the population declined between 2010 and 2017. A 3.2 percent decrease occurred in nonmetropolitan counties. Reports have surfaced that the rural US population continues to shrink. However, there are many who favor this scenario. This is because young people are thinking differently considering better future and job opportunities. The study does not suggest that by 2100, entire cities will be abandoned and ‘ghost towns’. It’s just that many of today’s big cities are losing population as neighborhoods change and suburbs expand.
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