Ghost towns are booming in America, according to a recent Atlantic article. Recession Gothic continues:
These are the American Ghost Towns Of The 21st Century. Each has a population of more than 10,000 along with vacancy rates of more than 55%, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. [caps in original]
The authors get downright morbid:
The future of these areas is grim. Our research showed that many have sharply declining tax bases which have caused budget cuts. Forecasts are calling for the fiscal noose to tighten on them even tighter. [emphases added]
Most of these towns are in the upper Midwest, with some outliers on the east and west coasts, plus Colorado.
(thanks to Tony)