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The map above shows a region that became known as"The Rustbelt" by the 1970s.

Which of the following best explains the reason for this region's development?


The vast aging railroad network which had fallen into disrepair due to declining usage.


Many Americans were moving to the "Sunbelt" region (Southwest, Florida) to escape the harsh climate of that area.


High property taxes and failing schools forced many Americans to re-locate to other regions.


The vast migration of many Americans out of the region due to the rapidly decaying urban infrastructure.


"De-industrialization" due to foreign competition and the relocation of many industries to the South.

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