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Old 05-24-2013, 02:07 PM
 
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Illinois cities over 100,000:
City - 2012 estimate - 2010 census - percent change

Elgin - 109,927 - 108,190 - +1.60%
Naperville - 143,684 - 141,845 - +1.30%
Aurora- 199,932 - 197,850 - +1.10%
Springfield - 117,126 - 116,249 - +0.80%
Chicago - 2,714,856 - 2,695,598 - +0.70%
Peoria - 115,687 - 115,021 - +0.60%
Joliet - 148,268 - 147,463 - +0.50%
Rockford - 113,996 - 152,891 - −1.30%

By 2014 Aurora is expected to be the second city proper >200,000 in Illinois.
I go through Peoria on my way to Omaha every week. The downtown skyline along the riverfront makes the city appear bigger than what it is. Peoria could become the next Des Moines or Omaha. Downtown along the riverfront looks pretty lively from what I see. I think Peoria is under rated.
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:15 PM
 
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I go through Peoria on my way to Omaha every week. The downtown skyline along the riverfront makes the city appear bigger than what it is. Peoria could become the next Des Moines or Omaha. Downtown along the riverfront looks pretty lively from what I see. I think Peoria is under rated.
Yeah, the city of Peoria proper used to be bigger than what it is today. The metro area is about 400,000, so it's not super tiny. The downtown is definitely arranged well, especially when you enter the valley on I74 and see it set in the rolling hills of the Illinois river.
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I go through Peoria on my way to Omaha every week. The downtown skyline along the riverfront makes the city appear bigger than what it is. Peoria could become the next Des Moines or Omaha. Downtown along the riverfront looks pretty lively from what I see. I think Peoria is under rated.
Lol, Peoria has one of the worst school districts in the state.....just sayin.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:36 PM
 
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5-10 more years and Minneapolis will be above 400k, St. Paul above 300k, and Bloomington near or at 100k.
There are currently over 11,000 apartment units approved and construction within the city of MPLS alone. The housing market has rebounded as well so, Minneapolis shouldn't have any problems reaching 400,000+ by 2020. St. Paul should be able to hit the 290,000 - 300,000 mark with all the projects it has underway and once the Central Corridor is complete, things will really take off for housing. I don't see Bloomington reaching 100,000 by the next Census.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:19 PM
 
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Yeah, the city of Peoria proper used to be bigger than what it is today. The metro area is about 400,000, so it's not super tiny. The downtown is definitely arranged well, especially when you enter the valley on I74 and see it set in the rolling hills of the Illinois river.
It would be cool if Peoria could borrow 10 500+ foot skyscrapers from Chicago placing them downtown. Now we're talking.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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Lol, Peoria has one of the worst school districts in the state.....just sayin.
why is that?
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Nashville/Memphis
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Finally Chicago gains population must be all the new housing projects going up that's paying off. Chicago is coming back

3. Chicago Illinois 2,714,856 2,695,598 +0.71% 227.635 sq mi

Goal: 3 million

Man please!,lol...ok well go head and live in your bliss for another 7years until Census 2020 reports your fair city at 2.3 million (down from 2.6 million)and 4th largest in the county Chicago has about a good a chance hitting 3 million as Atlanta does hitting 500k....both figures so elusive for these cities

How does Chicago lose 200,000 from year 2000 to June 30 2010 than suddenly on July 1st 2010 it magically out the blue. starts to grow again

And I believe that Memphis is actually down to 630,000 by now if you look at historic trends and that Nashville may be the largest TN city by now...but hey if the Census wants to make Memphis look good with its 655,000 figure , hey I'm all for that too
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:11 PM
 
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Man please!,lol...ok well go head and live in your bliss for another 7years until Census 2020 reports your fair city at 2.3 million (down from 2.6 million)and 4th largest in the county Chicago has about a good a chance hitting 3 million as Atlanta does hitting 500k....both figures so elusive for these cities

How does Chicago lose 200,000 from year 2000 to June 30 2010 than suddenly on July 1st 2010 it magically out the blue. starts to grow again

And I believe that Memphis is actually down to 630,000 by now if you look at historic trends and that Nashville may be the largest TN city by now...but hey if the Census wants to make Memphis look good with its 655,000 figure , hey I'm all for that too
Gee I dunno the same way it went from losing people in the 80s to gaining people in the 90s to losing people in 00s. You act as if all people lost in the 00s were in 2009, so I don't know how anyone could *fathom* that population change is dynamic. But somehow, just somehow, it has miraculously occurred before for other cities like DC and Philly AND in Chicago in the past.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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The highlight from New Mexico is that Albuquerque is no longer the state's only city with a population in the six figures. Las Cruces is now estimated to be at 101,407 in population, tied for 285th largest city in the country.

Albuquerque's population is still estimated to be growing at a decent rate, even if not nearly as spectacular as in the last decade when it surprised many and was shown to have grown by 21 percent. It is estimated to be at 555,417 in population now. That is up from 545,852 in 2010, or only about 1.75 percent since then. But all of this is while the city has been trying to get out of its economic slump, which arrived here later than the rest of the country as a whole. It's also as the local news has been abuzz lately about how New Mexico has actually been losing population to other states and how we wouldn't be growing at all if not for our high rate of natural growth.

Albuquerque's largest suburb, Rio Rancho, passed a milestone of its own and is now estimated to be at 90,818. This, however, is a very dramatic slowdown compared to its entire past existence going back three decades when it incorporated in 1980 and grew by 226 percent in the first decade of its existence, followed by 59 percent in the '90s and 69.1 percent in the last decade. Its total growth in the first two years of this decade in comparison has only been 3.76 percent.

That's quite a come down, especially when one of its former mayors loved to proclaim how one day soon Rio Rancho would be the Dallas to Albuquerque's Fort Worth. It was also trumpeted by some people after the last census (when it officially overtook Santa Fe as third largest city in the state) that Rio Rancho would also overtake Las Cruces in population quite soon and that it would actually be the second city in New Mexico to surpass the 100,000 mark rather than Las Cruces.


Having said all this, I would echo those who caution taking the estimates with a very large grain of salt. I would also echo those who say these numbers are fun and great fodder for us population geeks regardless of their ultimate accuracy.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:08 PM
 
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I feel like these estimates are overdone, for example, Denver is estimated to have added nearly 40,000 people

This is what a city of 40,000 looks like

Holyoke, MA

this is what 40,000 people looks like

Yankee Stadium
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