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Old 05-22-2017, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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What are the three largest cities in your state over the course of it's history? Here is my state of Washington

1860
1. Seattle: 188 | 2. N/A | 3. N/A
1870
1. Walla Walla: 1,394 | 2. Olympia: 1,203 | 3. Seattle: 1,107
1880
1. Walla Walla: 3,588 | 2. Seattle: 3,533 | 3. Vancouver: 1,722
1890 (Washington is now a state)
1. Seattle: 42,837 | Tacoma: 36,006 | 3. Spokane: 19,922
1900
1. Seattle: 80,671 | 2. Tacoma: 37,714 | 3. Spokane: 36,848
1910
1. Seattle: 237,194| 2. Spokane: 104,402 | 3. Tacoma: 83,743
1920
1. Seattle: 315,312 | 2. Spokane: 104,437 | 3. Tacoma: 96,965
1930
1. Seattle: 365,583 | 2. Spokane: 115,514 | 3. Tacoma: 106,817
1940
1. Seattle: 368,302 | 2. Spokane: 122,001 | 3. Tacoma: 109,408
1950
1. Seattle: 467,591 | 2. Spokane: 161,721 | 3. Tacoma: 143,673
1960
1. Seattle: 557,087 | 2. Spokane: 181,608 | 3. Tacoma: 147,979
1970
1. Seattle: 530,831 | 2. Spokane: 170,516 | 3. Tacoma: 154,407
1980
1. Seattle: 493,846 | 2. Spokane: 171,300 | 3. Tacoma: 158,501
1990
1. Seattle: 516,259 | 2. Spokane: 177,196 | 3. Tacoma: 176,664
2000
1. Seattle: 563,374 | 2. Spokane: 195,629 | 3. Tacoma: 193,556
2010
1. Seattle: 608,660 | 2. Spokane: 208,916 | 3. Tacoma: 198,397
2015
1. Seattle: 686,800 | 2. Spokane: 213,272 | 3. Tacoma: 207,948

* There are cities that are older than Seattle but I can't find data that goes back that far.

Cities by date of incorporation
Port Townsend: 1851
Stelacoom: 1854
Vancouver: 1857
Olympia: 1859
Walla Walla: 1862
Seattle: 1869

It's interesting to note that Tacoma almost overtook Spokane in 1990, Tacoma was only 532 behind, but then Spokane has pulled away again and the difference is now 5,324. I thought that Tacoma would easily become #2 again, but it seems that the two will battle it out for another decade or so, but Tacoma is growing about twice as fast as Spokane so it's still possible that Tacoma will take #2 by 2020.
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Phoenix, AZ

1950 106,818
1960 439,170
1970 581,562
1980 789,704
1990 988,983
2000 1,326,997
2010 1,445,632
2016 (est) 1,563,025
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Phoenix, AZ

1950 106,818
1960 439,170
1970 581,562
1980 789,704
1990 988,983
2000 1,326,997
2010 1,445,632
2016 (est) 1,563,025
So what about #2 and #3? Where Tucson and Mesa always #2 and #3 respectively, did they ever battle it out for #2 like Spokane and Tacoma? Or perhaps it was Tucson and Phoenix?
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:58 PM
 
Location: The Springs
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Denver, CO

1860 - 4,749
2016 (est) - 693,060
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Denver, CO

1860 - 4,749
2016 (est) - 693,060
1860
1. Denver: 4,749 | 2. Golden: 1,014 | 3. N/A
1870
1. Denver: 4,759 | 2. Georgetown: 802 | 3. Golden: 587
1880 (Colorado is now a state.)
1. Denver: 35,629 | 2. Colorado Springs: 4,226 | 3. Georgetown: 3,294
1890
1. Denver: 106,713 | 2. Colorado Springs: 11,140 | 3. Boulder: 3,330
1900
1. Denver: 133,859 | 2. Colorado Springs: 21,085 | 3. Boulder: 6,150
1910
1. Denver: 213,381 | 2. Colorado Springs: 29,078 | 3. Boulder: 9,539
1920
1. Denver: 256,491 | 2. Colorado Springs: 30,105 | 3. Boulder: 11,006
1930
1. Denver: 287,861 | 2. Colorado Springs: 33,237 | 3. Fort Collins: 11,489
1940
1. Denver: 322,412 | 2. Colorado Springs: 36,789 | 3. Boulder: 12,958
1950
1. Denver: 415,765 | 2. Colorado Springs: 45,472 | 3. Boulder: 19,999
1960
1. Denver: 493,887 | 2. Colorado Springs: 70,194 | 3. Aurora: 48,548
1970
1. Denver: 514,678 | 2. Colorado Springs: 135,517 | 3. Aurora: 74,974
1980
1. Denver: 492,686 | 2. Colorado Springs: 215,105 | 3. Aurora: 158,588
1990
1. Denver: 467,610 | 2. Colorado Springs: 281,140 | Aurora: 222,103
2000
1. Denver: 554,636 | 2. Colorado Springs: 360,890 | Aurora: 276,393
2010
1. Denver: 600,158 | 2. Colorado Springs: 416,427 | Aurora: 325,078
2015/2016
1. Denver: 693,060 | 2. Colorado Springs: 456,568 | Aurora: 359,407

Seems like Denver and Colorado Springs cemented their positions early on and most likely will remain for the foreseeable future, however it seems that third spot has swapped around quite often, but Aurora has cemented its self into third and I doubt anyone else will catch up.
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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So what about #2 and #3? Where Tucson and Mesa always #2 and #3 respectively, did they ever battle it out for #2 like Spokane and Tacoma? Or perhaps it was Tucson and Phoenix?
1850
1. Tucson: 400 | 2. N/A | 3. N/A
1860
1. Tucson: 915 | 2. N/A | 3. N/A
1870
1. Tucson: 3,215 | 2. Yuma: 1,144 | 3. Prescott: 668
1880
1. Tucson: 7,007 | 2. Prescott: 1,836 | 3. Phoenix: 1,708
1890
1. Tucson: 5,150 | 2. Phoenix: 3,152 | 3. Yuma: 1,773
1900
1. Tucson: 7,531 | 2. Phoenix: 5,544 | 3. Prescott: 3,559
1910
1. Tucson: 13,193 | 2. Phoenix: 11,314 | 3. 5,092
1920 (Arizona is now a state.)
1. Phoenix: 29,053 | 2. Tucson: 20,292 | 3. Prescott: 5,010
1930
1. Phoenix: 48,118 | 2. Tucson: 32,506 | 3. Prescott: 5,517
1940
1. Phoenix: 65,414 | 2. Tucson: 35,752 | 3. Mesa: 7,224
1950
1. Phoenix: 106,818 | 2. Tucson: 45,454 | 3. Mesa: 16,790
1960
1. Phoenix: 439,170 | 2. Tucson: 212,892 | 3. Mesa: 33,772
1970
1. Phoenix: 581,572 | 2. Tucson: 262,933 | 3. Mesa: 63,049
1980
1. Phoenix: 789,704 | 2. Tucson: 330,537 | 3. Mesa: 152,404
1990
1. Phoenix: 983,403 | 2. Tucson: 405,371 | 3. Mesa: 288,104
2000
1. Phoenix: 1,321,045 | 2. Tucson: 486,699 | 3. Mesa: 396,375
2010
1. Phoenix: 1,445,632 | 2. Tucson: 520,116 | 3. Mesa: 439,041
2015
1. Phoenix: 1,563,025 | 2. Tucson: 531,641 | 3. Mesa: 471,825
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City
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Oklahoma (statehood in 1907)

1890 (Oklahoma Territory data only)
1. Guthrie - 5,333 | 2. OKC - 4,151 | 3. Kingfisher - 1,134

1900 (Oklahoma & Indian Territories)
1. OKC - 10,037 | 2. Guthrie - 10,006 | 3. Ardmore - 5,681

1910
1. OKC - 64,205 | 2. Muskogee - 25,278 | 3. Tulsa - 18,182

1920
1. OKC - 91,295 | 2. Tulsa - 72,705 | 3. Muskogee - 30,277

1930
1. OKC - 185,389 | 2. Tulsa - 141,258 | 3. Muskogee - 32,026

1940
1. OKC - 204,424 | 2. Tulsa - 142,157 | 3. Muskogee - 32,332

1950
1. OKC - 243,504 | 2. Tulsa - 182,740 | 3. Muskogee - 37,289

1960
1. OKC - 324,523 | 2. Tulsa - 261,865 | 3. Lawton - 61,697

1970
1. OKC - 368,164 | 2. Tulsa - 331,638 | 3. Lawton - 74,470

1980
1. OKC - 404,014 | 2. Tulsa - 360,919 | 3. Lawton - 80,054

1990
1. OKC - 444,719 | 2. Tulsa - 367,302 | 3. Lawton - 80,561

2000
1. OKC - 506,132 | 2. Tulsa - 393,049 | 3. Norman - 95,694

2010
1. OKC - 579,999 | 2. Tulsa - 391,906 | 3. Norman - 110,925

2015
1. OKC - 631,346 | 2. Tulsa - 403,505 | 3. Norman - 120,284

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Old 05-22-2017, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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1900-1920: San Antonio
1930-present: Houston

Galveston used to be the largest until the 1900 hurricane. It is currently about 50,000 people.

Dallas is the third wheel.

I found this data that goes down 100 years from 1850 to 1950

1850:
1. Galveston (4,177)
2. San Antonio (3,488)
3. Houston (2,396)
4. New Braunfels (1,723)
5. Marshall (1,180)
6. Gonzales (1,072)
7. Victoria (802)
8. Fredericksburg (754)
9. Austin (629)
10. Corpus Christi (533)

1860:
1. San Antonio (8,235)
2. Galveston (7,307)
3. Houston (4,845)
4. Marshall (4,000)
5. New Braunfels (3,500)
6. Austin (3,494)
7. Brownsville (2,784)
8. Sulfur Springs (2,500)
9. Dallas (2,000)
9. Victoria (1,986)


1870:

1. Galveston (13,818)
2. San Antonio (12,256)
3. Houston (9,332)
4. Waco (3,008)
5. Dallas (3,000)

1880:
1. Galveston (22,284)
2. San Antonio (20,550)
3. Houston (16,513)
4. Austin (11,013)
5. Dallas (10,358)

1. Dallas (38,067)
2. San Antonio (37,653)
3. Galveston (29,084)
4. Houston (27,557)
5. Fort Worth (23,668)


1900:

1. San Antonio (53,321)
2. Houston (44,633)
3. Dallas (42,638)
4. Galveston (37,789)
5. Fort Worth (26,668)


1910:

1. San Antonio (96,614)
2. Dallas (92,104)
3. Houston (78,800) 5.
4. Fort Worth (73,312)
5. El Paso (39,279)

1920:
1. San Antonio (161,379)
2. Dallas (158,976)
3. Houston (138,276)
4. Fort Worth (106,482)
5. El Paso (77,560)


1930:

1. Houston (292,352)
2. Dallas (260,475)
3. San Antonio (231,542)
4. Fort Worth (163,447)
5. El Paso (102,421)


1940:

1. Houston (384,514)
2. Dallas (294,734)
3. San Antonio (253,854)
4. Fort Worth (177,662)
5. El Paso (96,810)


1950:

1. Houston (596,163)
2. Dallas (434,462)
3. San Antonio (408,442)
4. Fort Worth (278,778)
5. Austin (132,459)
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:53 PM
 
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Oklahoma (statehood in 1907)

1900 (Oklahoma & Indian Territories)
1. OKC - 10,037 | 2. Guthrie - 10,006 | 3. Ardmore - 5,681

1910
1. OKC - 64,205 | 2. Muskogee - 25,278 | 3. Tulsa - 18,182

1920
1. OKC - 91,295 | 2. Tulsa - 72,705 | 3. Muskogee - 30,277

1930
1. OKC - 185,389 | 2. Tulsa - 141,258 | 3. Muskogee - 32,026

1940
1. OKC - 204,424 | 2. Tulsa - 142,157 | 3. Muskogee - 32,332

1950
1. OKC - 243,504 | 2. Tulsa - 182,740 | 3. Muskogee - 37,289

1960
1. OKC - 324,523 | 2. Tulsa - 261,865 | 3. Lawton - 61,697

1970
1. OKC - 368,164 | 2. Tulsa - 331,638 | 3. Lawton - 74,470

1980
1. OKC - 404,014 | 2. Tulsa - 360,919 | 3. Lawton - 80,054

1990
1. OKC - 444,719 | 2. Tulsa - 367,302 | 3. Lawton - 80,561

2000
1. OKC - 506,132 | 2. Tulsa - 393,049 | 3. Norman - 95,694

2010
1. OKC - 579,999 | 2. Tulsa - 391,906 | 3. Norman - 110,925

2015
1. OKC - 631,346 | 2. Tulsa - 403,505 | 3. Norman - 120,284
That looks interesting, it seems that Tulsa almost became #1 between 1960 and 1980, do you know what was happening during that time period? why was Tulsa growing so fast, and why did it slow down?
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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North Carolina is a very interesting state to do this with. The mantle of #1 traded off a number of times before Charlotte separated itself from the pack in the 1930s, and the #2 spot continued to trade off until quite recently. NC was majority rural until 2000 and still has the 2nd highest rural population of any state (after Texas).

1800 - New Bern (2,467), Wilmington (1,689), Fayetteville (1,536), Raleigh (669)
1820 - New Bern (3,663), Fayetteville (3,532), Raleigh (2,674), Wilmington (2,633)
1830 - New Bern (3,796), Wilmington (3,791), Fayetteville (2,868), Raleigh (1,700)
1840 - Wilmington (5,335), Fayetteville (4,285), New Bern (3,690), Raleigh (2,244)
1850 - Wilmington (7,264), New Bern (4,681), Fayetteville (4,646), Raleigh (4,518), Charlotte (1,065)
1860 - Wilmington (9,552), New Bern (5,432), Fayetteville (4,790), Raleigh (4,780), Charlotte (2,265)
1870 - Wilmington (13,446), Raleigh (7,790), New Bern (5,849), Fayetteville (4,660), Charlotte (4,473)
1880 - Wilmington (17,350), Raleigh (9,265), Charlotte (7,094), New Bern (6,443), Winston-Salem (4,194)
1890 - Wilmington (20,056), Raleigh (12,678), Charlotte (11,557), Winston-Salem (10,729), New Bern (7,843)
1900 - Wilmington (20,976), Charlotte (18,091), Winston-Salem (13,650), Raleigh (13,643), Greensboro (10,035)
1910 - Charlotte (34,014), Wilmington (25,748), Winston-Salem (22,700), Raleigh (19,218), Durham (18,241)
1920 - Winston-Salem (48,395), Charlotte (46,338), Wilmington (33,372), Raleigh (24,418), Durham (21,719)
1930 - Charlotte (82,675), Winston-Salem (75,274), Greensboro (53,569), Durham (52,037), Raleigh (37,379)
1940 - Charlotte (100,899), Winston-Salem (79,815), Durham (60,195), Greensboro (59,319), Raleigh (46,879)
1950 - Charlotte (134,042), Winston-Salem (87,881), Durham (71,311), Greensboro (74,389), Raleigh (65,679)
1960 - Charlotte (201,564), Greensboro (119,574), Winston-Salem (111,135), Raleigh (93,931), Durham (78,302)
1970 - Charlotte (241,420), Greensboro (144,076), Winston-Salem (133,683), Raleigh (122,830), Durham (95,438)
1980 - Charlotte (315,474), Greensboro (155,642), Raleigh (150,255), Winston-Salem (131,885), Durham (101,149)
1990 - Charlotte (395,934), Raleigh (212,092), Greensboro (183,894), Winston-Salem (143,485), Durham (136,611)
2000 - Charlotte (540,828), Raleigh (276,093), Greensboro (223,891), Durham (187,035), Winston-Salem (185,776)
2010 - Charlotte (731,424), Raleigh (403,892), Greensboro (269,666), Winston-Salem (229,617), Durham (228,330)
2015 - Charlotte (827,097), Raleigh (451,066), Greensboro (285,342), Durham (257,636), Winston-Salem (241,218)

I made a couple charts, but I had to separate it into two because the scale for the 20th century obfuscates the interesting stuff that happened in the 19th.



-New Bern was the original state capital, hence its size early on.
-Fayetteville was strongly considered to be the new capital for a while before Raleigh was chosen.
-Wilmington had the state's best natural harbor and was an economic powerhouse in the 19th century, and spent a long time as NC's largest city. It was the first city to reach 10,000.
-Winston-Salem had a brief explosion in the 1920s thanks to the tobacco industry.
-Railroads made shipping less important so after the industrial revolution, NC's railroad hubs Charlotte and Greensboro became prominent.
-WWI and WWII played a large role in Charlotte's growth, due to its military population at the time. After each war, many soldiers stayed in town, causing it to overtake many of its old piedmont rivals. Charlotte became the first city to pass 100,000 in 1940.
-RTP was founded in the 1950s, causing the Triangle cities to overtake the Triad in the latter half of the 20th century.


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