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Old 07-10-2008, 08:10 PM
 
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OK they're in. The Census released today its 2007 population estimates for America's cities. Here are the top 25 lists for cities with over 100,000 (city populations, not metro populations).

The USA's 25 largest cities:

1 New York city… New York… 8,274,527
2 Los Angeles city… California… 3,834,340
3 Chicago city… Illinois… 2,836,658
4 Houston city… Texas… 2,208,180
5 Phoenix city… Arizona… 1,552,259
6 Philadelphia city… Pennsylvania… 1,449,634
7 San Antonio city… Texas… 1,328,984
8 San Diego city… California… 1,266,731
9 Dallas city… Texas… 1,240,499
10 San Jose city… California… 939,899
11 Detroit city… Michigan… 916,952
12 Jacksonville city… Florida… 805,605
13 Indianapolis city… Indiana… 795,458
14 San Francisco city… California… 764,976
15 Columbus city… Ohio… 747,755
16 Austin city… Texas… 743,074
17 Fort Worth city… Texas… 681,818
18 Memphis city… Tennessee… 674,028
19 Charlotte city… North Carolina… 671,588
20 Baltimore city… Maryland… 637,455
21 El Paso city… Texas… 606,913
22 Milwaukee city… Wisconsin… 602,191
23 Boston city… Massachusetts… 599,351
24 Seattle city… Washington… 594,210
25 Nashville city… Tennessee… 590,807


The Top 25 cities by growth rates:

CITY... STATE... 2007 POP... 2006 POP... GROWTH... RATE
1 New Orleans city… Louisiana… 239,124… 210,198… 28,926… 13.8
2 Victorville city… California… 107,221… 97,926… 9,295… 9.5
3 McKinney city… Texas… 115,620… 107,075… 8,545… 8.0
4 North Las Vegas city… Nevada… 212,114… 197,573… 14,541… 7.4
5 Cary town… North Carolina… 121,796… 113,537… 8,259… 7.3
6 Killeen city… Texas… 112,434… 105,604… 6,830… 6.5
7 Port St. Lucie city… Florida… 151,391… 142,481… 8,910… 6.3
8 Gilbert town… Arizona… 207,550… 196,242… 11,308… 5.8
9 Clarksville city… Tennessee… 119,284… 113,873… 5,411… 4.8
10 Denton city… Texas… 115,506… 110,304… 5,202… 4.7
11 Fort Worth city… Texas… 681,818… 652,365… 29,453… 4.5
12 Irvine city… California… 201,160… 192,956… 8,204… 4.3
13 Raleigh city… North Carolina… 375,806… 360,658… 15,148… 4.2
14 Atlanta city… Georgia… 519,145… 498,522… 20,623… 4.1
15 Moreno Valley city… California… 188,936… 181,689… 7,247… 4.0
16 Cape Coral city… Florida… 156,981… 151,044… 5,937… 3.9
17 Henderson city… Nevada… 249,386… 240,516… 8,870… 3.7
18 Visalia city… California… 118,603… 114,502… 4,101… 3.6
19 Bakersfield city… California… 315,837… 305,622… 10,215… 3.3
20 Elgin city… Illinois… 104,288… 100,990… 3,298… 3.3
21 Grand Prairie city… Texas… 158,422… 153,503… 4,919… 3.2
22 Joliet city… Illinois… 144,316… 139,967… 4,349… 3.1
23 Peoria city… Arizona… 146,743… 142,422… 4,321… 3.0
24 Olathe city… Kansas… 118,034… 114,618… 3,416… 3.0
25 Palm Bay city… Florida… 100,116… 97,298… 2,818… 2.9


The top 25 cities by actual population growth:

CITY... STATE... 2007 POP... 2006 POP... GROWTH... RATE...

1 Houston city… Texas… 2,208,180… 2,169,248… 38,932… 1.8
2 Phoenix city… Arizona… 1,552,259… 1,517,318… 34,941… 2.3
3 San Antonio city… Texas… 1,328,984… 1,296,304… 32,680… 2.5
4 Fort Worth city… Texas… 681,818… 652,365… 29,453… 4.5
5 New Orleans city… Louisiana… 239,124… 210,198… 28,926… 13.8
6 New York city… New York… 8,274,527… 8,250,567… 23,960… 0.3
7 Atlanta city… Georgia… 519,145… 498,522… 20,623… 4.1
8 Austin city… Texas… 743,074… 725,426… 17,648… 2.4
9 Charlotte city… North Carolina… 671,588… 654,117… 17,471… 2.7
10 Raleigh city… North Carolina… 375,806… 360,658… 15,148… 4.2
11 San Jose city… California… 939,899… 924,888… 15,011… 1.6
12 North Las Vegas city… Nevada… 212,114… 197,573… 14,541… 7.4
13 Dallas city… Texas… 1,240,499… 1,227,894… 12,605… 1.0
14 Denver city… Colorado… 588,349… 575,817… 12,532… 2.2
15 Gilbert town… Arizona… 207,550… 196,242… 11,308… 5.8
16 Los Angeles city… California… 3,834,340… 3,823,508… 10,832… 0.3
17 Bakersfield city… California… 315,837… 305,622… 10,215… 3.3
18 Miami city… Florida… 409,719… 399,603… 10,116… 2.5
19 Seattle city… Washington… 594,210… 584,788… 9,422… 1.6
20 Victorville city… California… 107,221… 97,926… 9,295… 9.5
21 Port St. Lucie city… Florida… 151,391… 142,481… 8,910… 6.3
22 Henderson city… Nevada… 249,386… 240,516… 8,870… 3.7
23 Portland city… Oregon… 550,396… 541,604… 8,792… 1.6
24 Albuquerque city… New Mexico… 518,271… 509,621… 8,650… 1.7
25 San Francisco city… California… 764,976… 756,376… 8,600… 1.1
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:33 PM
 
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wow those Texas cities sure are growing, I cant believe Ft.Worth is growing that fast and New Orleans I guess is gaining its population back.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:42 PM
 
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Really? I tried looking for the stats today but couldn't find them. Do they have growth info released for all of the cities yet?

Anyway, commentary:

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1 New Orleans city… Louisiana… 239,124… 210,198… 28,926… 13.8
I'm really happy for them! I'm so glad that the city is recovering.

And I'm probably going to get killed for this question, but in all likelihood, it is going to happen: How long do you guys think until Houston becomes #3? I think 10-15 years. Maybe sooner if growth rates change.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:49 PM
 
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Texas on top.

This state is booming right now. So many people from other states moving in. So many companies moving in. Also, can't forget the international migration.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:54 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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JMT, thanks for posting this. Some interesting info there. I also like how this is focused on actual cities versus the ubiquitous "metro area." I understand the need to delineate between city and metro area at times, but sometimes I think people push it a bit too much in order to tweak numbers to fit the picture they are trying to paint. Having said that, I would like to see a similar list from an official source like this for metro areas as well just to compare growth rate between some cities and some metro areas.

In case anyone wants it, here's a link to the press release: U.S. Census press release (http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/012242.html - broken link) - you can click on See Table 1, See Table 2, and See Table 3 to get the info in Excel.
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:57 PM
 
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Really? I tried looking for the stats today but couldn't find them. Do they have growth info released for all of the cities yet?

Anyway, commentary:


I'm really happy for them! I'm so glad that the city is recovering.

And I'm probably going to get killed for this question, but in all likelihood, it is going to happen: How long do you guys think until Houston becomes #3? I think 10-15 years. Maybe sooner if growth rates change.
I couldn't find the link for all cities, either. The Census press release just has the Top 25 lists. The Tennessean newspaper out of Nashville has on its web site the new population figures for all cities in Tennessee and all cities in the country with over 100,000, but I couldn't find anything like that on the Census web site.

http://data.tennessean.com/DB/dbc/topcitiespop07.php

Anyway, I agree about Houston. It sure looks like it's rapidly headed towards becoming the 3rd largest city in the country. Who knows what will happen between now and the year 2030, but I can see Houston continuing to grow much faster than Chicago. I personally prefer Chicago as a city, but I think its days as being the 3rd largest city in the country are numbered.

And I'm glad to see New Orleans coming back to life, too. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:02 PM
 
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I'm glad to see N.O growing again.
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:12 PM
 
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I'm not surprised Houston is at top. I was just there for a wedding and every other license plate seemed like was from an out-of-state (particularly California, Illinois and NJ)

So NYC is the only city in the East Coast that's growing? NYC's spot and its high growth rate is very impressive since it's a very expensive place.

I'm happy for New Orleans!
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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Well, because none of us can find all of the other cities, how about we all say how our own city grew. I don't know if your newspaper said something about it but ours did.

Omaha grew by 5049 from 427,872, to 432,921.

Lincoln Grew by about 4,000 to 248,744 .
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:26 PM
 
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Well, because none of us can find all of the other cities, how about we all say how our own city grew. I don't know if your newspaper said something about it but ours did.

Omaha grew by 5049 from 427,872, to 432,921.

Lincoln Grew by about 4,000 to 248,744 .
Yes it was in the newspaper link I provided. But thanks for bringing up Omaha again. I think you did it in record time this time.

Omaha is still the country's 42nd largest city (no change from last year) while Lincoln moved up a spot and is now the country's 73rd largest city, surpassing Saint Petersburg FL which is losing population.
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