The Census Bureau just released its 2017 population estimates for municipalities. Here are the results for the 25 largest cities in American (as of 2017), ranked by year over year percentage change.
|Rank||Municipality||2016||2017||Total Change||Pct Change|
|1||Seattle city, WA||707,255||724,745||17,490||2.47%|
|2||Fort Worth city, TX||855,504||874,168||18,664||2.18%|
|3||Charlotte city, NC||843,484||859,035||15,551||1.84%|
|4||Columbus city, OH||863,741||879,170||15,429||1.79%|
|5||San Antonio city, TX||1,487,738||1,511,946||24,208||1.63%|
|6||Phoenix city, AZ||1,602,042||1,626,078||24,036||1.50%|
|7||Dallas city, TX||1,322,140||1,341,075||18,935||1.43%|
|8||Denver city, CO||694,777||704,621||9,844||1.42%|
|9||Washington city, DC||684,336||693,972||9,636||1.41%|
|10||Austin city, TX||938,200||950,715||12,515||1.33%|
|11||Jacksonville city, FL||880,893||892,062||11,169||1.27%|
|12||Boston city, MA||678,430||685,094||6,664||0.98%|
|13||San Francisco city, CA||876,103||884,363||8,260||0.94%|
|14||San Diego city, CA||1,406,682||1,419,516||12,834||0.91%|
|15||Indianapolis city (balance), IN||857,453||863,002||5,549||0.65%|
|16||Los Angeles city, CA||3,981,116||3,999,759||18,643||0.47%|
|17||Nashville-Davidson metropolitan government (balance), TN||664,762||667,560||2,798||0.42%|
|18||El Paso city, TX||680,797||683,577||2,780||0.41%|
|19||Philadelphia city, PA||1,574,765||1,580,863||6,098||0.39%|
|20||Houston city, TX||2,304,482||2,312,717||8,235||0.36%|
|21||San Jose city, CA||1,031,942||1,035,317||3,375||0.33%|
|22||New York city, NY||8,615,426||8,622,698||7,272||0.08%|
|23||Chicago city, IL||2,720,275||2,716,450||-3,825||-0.14%|
|24||Memphis city, TN||653,369||652,236||-1,133||-0.17%|
|25||Detroit city, MI||675,480||673,104||-2,376||-0.35%|
Seattle is killing it. I don’t believe the municipal boundaries have expanded, so this is real growth.
Dallas and Ft. Worth likewise did well, despite being landlocked. Nashville’s city population growth was surprisingly weak to me. It’s a very fast growing metro and has a city-county jurisdiction with plenty of opportunities for “internal sprawl” and a ton of apartments being built – yet surprisingly low population growth.
Detroit lost population again, but not that much.
Chicago is down in population again. However, this is only because the previous year’s data was adjusted upwards with its new release. I unfortunately deleted my previous vintage data set, but according to Wikipedia, Chicago’s 2016 population is 2,704,958. So had that base remained in effect, its population would have grown. Lyman Stone normally takes a look at annual data adjustments, so I’d expect him to have more to say on this.
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