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Old 05-09-2013, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I think Charleston will surpass Columbia in 10 years. Then Greenville will surpass Charleston in another 20 years.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Which states do you think have a realistic possibility of having a new "most populated city" in the coming years? And which cities have the best chance of stealing the title?

If you need a refresher, here is a list of each of the largest cities of each state:


Alabama Birmingham

Alaska Anchorage

Arizona Phoenix

Arkansas Little Rock

California Los Angeles

Colorado Denver

Connecticut Bridgeport

Delaware Wilmington

Florida Jacksonville

Georgia Atlanta

Hawaii Honolulu

Idaho Boise

Illinois Chicago

Indiana Indianapolis

Iowa Des Moines

Kansas Wichita

Kentucky Louisville

Louisiana New Orleans

Maine Portland

Maryland Baltimore

Massachusetts Boston

Michigan Detroit

Minnesota Minneapolis

Mississippi Jackson

Missouri Kansas City

Montana Billings

Nebraska Omaha

Nevada Las Vegas

New Hampshire Manchester

New Jersey Newark

New Mexico Albuquerque

New York New York City

North Carolina Charlotte

North Dakota Fargo

Ohio Columbus

Oklahoma Oklahoma City

Oregon Portland

Pennsylvania Philadelphia

Rhode Island Providence

South Carolina Columbia Charleston will replace Columbia. Then Greenville will replace Charleston.

South Dakota Sioux Falls

Tennessee Memphis

Texas Houston

Utah Salt Lake City

Vermont Burlington

Virginia Virginia Beach

Washington Seattle

West Virginia Charleston

Wisconsin Milwaukee

Wyoming Cheyenne
South Carolina, too.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Charleston is already the premier city in South Carolina. It's just a matter of time before its the largest. Columbia is just a college town without much character and its too small too have the type of cultural amenities Charlotte has. Charleston is a boutique town in its own way.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:47 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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Not a chance do you realize Columbus' population is over 787,000. The city is over 200 sq miles. It is physically impossible for Cleveland or Cincinnati to ever reach this size. Further, it isn't just that Columbus has large city limits that works in its favor. The entire metro is growing faster than anywhere in Ohio, and the city and county, and the economy has stable, reliable growth. These are factors that have been consistent since WWII.

Maybe if a major economic shift occurs there could be a change, but under current economic conditions Columbus has the strongest economy in the state and one of the strongest in the entire NE/midwest/greatlakes region. The trend (of Columbus not growing faster economically/metro wise/and city population wise) be something way beyond a lifetime.
Well, if there's a county/city consolidation as there have been several times in US history and even in recent history, then Cleveland and Cincinnati can definitely pass Columbus in size. Cuyahoga County for Cleveland is at 1.2 million and Hamilton County for Kentucky is at 800K+. Consolidations do happen (and with good planning and economic reasons), and if it does so, then either of the previously mentioned two would have a larger population than Columbus (if Columbus follows suit and consolidates with Franklin County then Cuyanhoga/Cleveland would still be bigger).
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:55 PM
 
Location: 304
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Morgantown or Huntington could someday pass Charleston, but its not going to happen soon.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:22 PM
 
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Charleston is already the premier city in South Carolina. It's just a matter of time before its the largest. Columbia is just a college town without much character and its too small too have the type of cultural amenities Charlotte has. Charleston is a boutique town in its own way.
It's not quite that simple. For one, although the possibility does exist that Charleston might overtake Columbia, Charleston is also more geographically constrained by the ocean and surrounding municipalities. Columbia isn't geographically constrained and has a rather large unincorporated suburban area to the northeast that it could annex portions of over time.

Secondly, although Columbia is a bit overshadowed by Charleston mainly from a tourist perspective, it has more to commend for it than many realize. For one, it has a very robust arts scene that even Charleston acknowledges as giving it a run for its money; this is an advantage of being the state capital and home to the state's flagship university. So in that regard, I wouldn't exactly say it doesn't have the type of cultural amenities Charlotte has. When it comes to visual and performing arts, Columbia definitely holds its own with several theaters, the state museum, one of the nation's largest children's museums, ballet, philharmonic, opera, jazz dance company, and more. It also has a rather large white-collar economic base, including the largest FIRE sector in the Carolinas after Charlotte, and a nice geographic location along the fall line with three rivers running through the city and a national park to the south which happens to be an international biosphere reserve. And of course there's the classically urban campus of USC, the SC Statehouse, one of the best zoos in the South, and some decent historic sites worth checking out. It has a growing downtown retail scene with a Mast General store, Publix, and soon it will add Urban Outfitters. Five Points is one of the most active nightlife districts in the Carolinas and I'd say it trumps any of Charlotte's secondary nightlife disticts (NoDa, Plaza-Midwood, South End, etc.). The city has also done a good job of preserving the structures that historically gave the city its identity apart from state government, namely textile mills and train stations.

Columbia tends to fly under the radar and doesn't engage in a lot of self-promotion, but even though it's not as historic and urban as Charleston, it has more going for it than most realize.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:25 PM
 
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I think Charleston will surpass Columbia in 10 years. Then Greenville will surpass Charleston in another 20 years.
The first is possible; the second, not really. The only way it would happen is if Greenville went on an annexation spree and that's not really what the city wants to do. There's no way the city will double its population at its current size in 20-30 years; it's not happening.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Greenville
2010 - 58,409
2011 - 61,674
2020 (Present Growth) - 91,059 (+32,650)
2030 - 123,709
2040 - 156,359
2050 - 189,009
2060 - 221,659
2070 - 254,309
2080 - 286,959
Charleston
2010 - 120,083
2011 - 122,358
2020 (Present Growth) - 142,828 (+22,745)
2030 - 165,573
2040 - 188,318
2050 - 211,063
2060 - 233,808
2070 - 256,553
2080 - 279,307
Columbia
2010 - 129,272
2011 - 130,591
2012 (Present Growth) - 142,462 (+13,190)
2020 - 155,652
2030 - 168,842
2040 - 182,032
2050 - 195,222
2060 - 208,412
2070 - 221,602
2080 - 234,792

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Old 05-09-2013, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Alabama: Montgomery, Mobile, and Huntsville could all easily overtaken Birmingham

Connecticut: New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury could all overtaken Bridgeport

Iowa: Cedar Rapids over Des Moines, but this might take awhile.

Maine: Lewiston over Portland..not happening soon though

Minnesota: St. Paul with the outside chance versus Minneapolis...would take awhile probably

Montana: Missoula over Billings...awhile

New Hampshire: Nashua over Manchester

New Jersey: Jersey City over Newark

North Dakota: Bismarck over Fargo...awhile

South Carolina: Columbia over Charleston

Tennessee: Nashville over Memphis

Utah: West Valley City over Salt Lake City.....awhile

West Virginia: Huntington over Charleston

Wyoming: Casper over Cheyenne
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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Greenville
2010 - 58,409
2011 - 61,674
2020 (Present Growth) - 91,059 (+32,650)
2030 - 123,709
2040 - 156,359
2050 - 189,009
2060 - 221,659
2070 - 254,309
2080 - 286,959
Charleston
2010 - 120,083
2011 - 122,358
2020 (Present Growth) - 142,828 (+22,745)
2030 - 165,573
2040 - 188,318
2050 - 211,063
2060 - 233,808
2070 - 256,553
2080 - 279,307
Columbia
2010 - 129,272
2011 - 130,591
2012 (Present Growth) - 142,462 (+13,190)
2020 - 155,652
2030 - 168,842
2040 - 182,032
2050 - 195,222
2060 - 208,412
2070 - 221,602
2080 - 234,792
Projections as far out as 2080 are extremely unreliable. And how are you calculating them anyway?
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