Thursday, May 23, 2013

Growth in largest U.S. cities

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Today the Census Bureau released the 2012 population estimates for cities.

Some highlights:

  • New York city added more population than any other city in the U.S.
  • Texas claims some of the fastest growing cities in the country.
  • The top 10 largest cities all grew, reversing population loss trends of prior years.
  • In the top 25 largest cities, only Detroit continues to lose population.
  • The fastest-growing cities were all smaller cities of less than 250,000 people.*

For more information, read the Census Bureau's press release on 2012 city estimates, or download the raw data and dig into the details.

*The small city, fast growth rate phenomenon makes sense from a mathematical perspective. Smaller population denominators tend to lead to larger percent change results.


  1. Thoughts on why TX is topping the list for growth?

    1. Texas has a few things going for it... low unemployment rates and cheap land. Whether or not it's sustainable is another story...


your insights?