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The 15 Most Abandoned Cities in the US

The recession has caused many Americans to see things differently, and in some cases, things literally appear to be different. As the business atmosphere continues to morph, the cities central to lagging industries have visibly suffered. Empty is hardly the first word I think of when I hear Las Vegas, but it shows up as number two on Forbes' list of the 15 emptiest cities in America. Forbes looked at the rental and homeowner vacancy rates for the 75 largest metropolitan areas in the country to determine the rankings, and here are the results.

  1. Detroit, MI
  2. Las Vegas, NV
  3. Atlanta, GA
  4. Greensboro, NC
  5. Dayton, OH
  6. Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale, AZ
  7. Orlando, FL
  8. Kansas City, MO/Kansas City, KS
  9. Indianapolis, IN/Jacksonville, FL
  10. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Miami Beach, FL
  11. Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, IL
  12. Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL
  13. Bakersfield, CA
  14. Charlotte/Gastonia/Concord, NC/Cincinnati, OH/Middletown, KY


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