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Seven out of ten of America’s largest
cities are in states bordering Mexico

A report by the US Census Bureau edited by Tann vom Hove, City Mayors

3 July 2007: Phoenix (Arizona) has become the America’s fifth largest city. As of 1 July 2006, the desert metropolis had a population of 1.5 million. New York continued to be the nation’s most populous city, with 8.2 million residents. This was more than twice the population of Los Angeles, which ranked second at 3.8 million. Phoenix moved into fifth place ahead of Philadelphia, the latest evidence of a decades-long population shift. Nearly a century ago, in 1910, each of the 10 largest US cities was within roughly 500 miles of the Canadian border. The 2006 estimates show that seven of the top 10 - and three of the top five - are in states that border Mexico.

2013 update:
The largest US cities (2013 Intro)
The largest US ciites (1-100)
The largest US cities (101-200)
The fastes growing US cities
The fastest shrinking US cities

According to the estimates by the US Census Bureau only three of the top 10 from 1910 remained on the list in 2006: New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. Conversely, three of the current top 10 cities (Phoenix, San Jose and San Diego) were not even among the 100 most populous in 1910, while three more (Dallas, Houston and San Antonio) had populations of less than 100,000.

The estimates also reveal that many of the fastest-growing US cities are suburbs. North Las Vegas, a suburb of Las Vegas, had the nation’s fastest growth rate among large cities (100,000 or more population) between 1July 2005, and 1 July 2006. North Las Vegas’ population increased 11.9 per cent during the period, to 197,567. It was joined on the list of the 10 fastest-growing cities by three in the Dallas metro area: McKinney (ranking second), Grand Prairie (sixth) and Denton (ninth). In the same vicinity, Fort Worth just missed the list, ranking 11th.

Florida and Arizona each had two cities among the 10 fastest growing: Port St. Lucie (third) and Cape Coral (fourth) in Florida; and Gilbert (fifth) and Peoria (seventh) in Arizona, both near Phoenix. North Carolina (Cary, near Raleigh) and California (Lancaster, near Los Angeles) each contributed one city to the list. California had seven cities among the 25 fastest growing, leading all states.

Phoenix had the largest population increase of any city between 2005 and 2006, adding more than 43,000 residents to reach 1.5 million. However, Texas dominated the list of the 10 highest numerical gainers, with San Antonio, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and Dallas each making the top 10. North Las Vegas; Miami; Charlotte (NC) and San Jose (CA) completed the list of the 10 biggest numerical gainers. Overall, eight Texas cities were among the 25 biggest numerical gainers to lead all states.

New Orleans had by far the largest population loss among all cities with populations of at least 100,000 people. The city lost slightly more than half of its pre-Hurricane Katrina population. It fell from 452,170 on 1 July  2005, to 223,388 one year later — a loss of 50.6 per cent. To put the size of this loss into perspective, Hialeah, Fla., which experienced the second-highest rate of loss over the period, saw its population decline by 1.6 per cent.

The 25 largest US cities
With population figures for 2006, 2004 and 2000
Rank City 2006 2004 2000
1 New York City 8,214,426 8,178,201 8,018,350
2 Los Angeles 3,849,378 3,837,490 3,705,060
3 Chicago 2,833,321 2,860,646 2,896,375
4 Houston 2,144,491 2,087,496 1,977,206
5 Phoenix 1,512,986 1,422,822 1,326,879
6 Philadelphia 1,448,394 1,465,475 1,513,655
7 San Antonio 1,296,682 1,242,521 1,163,914
8 San Diego 1,256,951 1,263,379 1,227,784
9 Dallas 1,232,940 1,208,706 1,190,753
10 San Jose 929,936 904,735 898,402
11 Detroit 871,121 896,919 947,910
12 Jacksonville 794,555 774,923 736,482
13 Indianapolis 785,597 781,591 781,837
14 San Francisco 744,041 743,852 776,885
15 Columbus 733,203 728,033 714,064
16 Austin 709,893 681,021 663,485
17 Memphis 670,902 671,408 682,494
18 Fort Worth 653,320 602,420 544,009
19 Baltimore 631,366 641,943 648,481
20 Charlotte 630,478 602,285 564,738
21 El Paso 609,415 591,648 565,127
22 Boston 590,763 589,048 589,063
23 Seattle 582,454 572,166 564,182
24 Washington 581,530 579,720 571,042
25 Milwaukee 573,358 581,281 596,131
Source: US Census Bureau


Historical ranking of America’s 10 largest cities
With population figures for 2006, 1960 and 1910

Rank 2006 1960 1910
1 New York 8,214,426 New York 7,781,984 New York 4,766,883
2 Los Angeles 3,849,378 Chicago 3,550,404 Chicago 2,185,283
3 Chicago 2,833,321 Los Angeles 2,479,015 Philadelphia 1,549,008
4 Houston 2,144,491 Philadelphia 2,002,512 St. Louis 687,029
5 Phoenix 1,512,986 Detroit 1,670,144 Boston 670,585
6 Philadelphia 1,448,394 Baltimore 939,024 Cleveland 560,663
7 San Antonio 1,296,682 Houston 938,219 Baltimore 558,485
8 San Diego 1,256,951 Cleveland 876,050 Pittsburgh 533,905
9 Dallas 1,232,940 Washington 763,956 Detroit 465,766
10 San Jose 929,936 St. Louis 750,026 Buffalo 423,715
Source: US Census Bureau

THE LARGEST CITIES IN THE WORLD AND THEIR MAYORS 2010
Introduction
Cities by size: 1 to 150 | 151 to 300 | 301 to 450 | 451 to 550 |
Cities in alphabetical order: A to D | E to L | M to R | S to Z |
Cities by countries: A to D | E to L | M to R | S to Z |



The 2016 World
Mayor Honours


1 Bart Somers, Mechelen, Belgium

2 Wolfgang G Müller, Lahr, Germany

3 Georgios Kaminis, Athens, Greece

4 Guisi Nicolini, Lampedusa, Italy

5 Richard Arnold, Schwäbisch Gmünd,
Germany

6 Mirjam van 't Veld, Amstelveen Netherlands

7 Spiros Galinos, Lesbos, Greece

8 Pavel Adamowicz, Gdansk, Poland

9 Damien Carême, Grande-Synthe, France

10 Henriette Reker, Cologne, Germany

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