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US sunshine cities grow fastest
while Detroit loses top ten place

Introduction to largest US cities | Largest US cities 1 to 100 | Largest US cities 101 to 200 | Fastest growing US cities | The 25 largest US cities (2007 | Historical ranking of America's largest cities | The fastest growing / shrinking US cities (2007) | Largest cities in US states | USA Census 2010 |

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

Port St Lucie (Florida) had the USA’s fastest growth rate among large cities (100,000 or more population) between in 2003/04, according to the US Census Bureau. Located along the Atlantic coast between Cape Canaveral and West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie saw its population increase by 12 per cent to more than 118,000 between July 2003 and July 2004. It was joined on the list of the ten fastest-growing cities by two other cities in Florida: Cape Coral (fifth) and Miramar City (eighth).

California had four cities in the top 10: Elk Grove (second), Moreno Valley (sixth), Rancho Cucamonga (ninth) and Roseville (10th). Two cities in Arizona were in the top 10 — Gilbert (fourth) and Chandler (seventh) — and, relatively nearby, North Las Vegas, Nevada, was third. Elk Grove, Miramar and Roseville each became eligible for this list for the first time, as all three cities passed the 100,000-population threshold between 2003 and 2004.

New York City continued to be the nation’s most populous city, with 8.1 million residents. This was more than twice the population of Los Angeles, which ranked second at 3.8 million. The estimates show that among the 10 largest cities, only one change has occurred in the rankings: San Jose, California, has replaced Detroit, as the nation’s 10th most populous city.

Phoenix had the largest population increase between 2003 and 2004, adding 29,826 people. Los Angeles; San Antonio; Las Vegas; and Fort Worth, Texas, rounded out the list of the five biggest numerical gainers.

The Greeley area, north of Denver (Colorado) was the fastest growing US metropolitan areas between 2000 and 2003, while Palm Coast, Florida, was the fastest growing micro area. According to data released in September 2005 by the US Census Bureau, Greeley grew by 16.8 per cent, while the population of Palm coast increased by 25 per cent.

Fastest growing US cities
Percentage increase of population
between July 2003 and July 2004

Rank Cities 2004 population Percentage increase in since 2003
1 Port St. Lucie, FL 118,396 12.0%
2 Elk Grove, CA 100,760 10.6%
3 North Las Vegas, NV 158,748 9.8%
4 Gilbert, AZ 156,917 7.7%
5 Cape Coral, FL 127,985 7.6%
6 Moreno Valley, CA 166,290 5.7%
7 Chandler, AZ 223,991 5.7%
8 Miramar, FL 101,486 5.3%
9 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 159,346 5.0%
10 Roseville, CA 103,609 4.9%
11 Henderson, NV 224,829 4.6%
12 Fontana, CA 158,715 4.6%
13 Bakersfield, CA 283,936 4.6%
14 Joliet, IL 129,519 4.4%
15 Irvine, CA 178,317 4.2%
16 Visalia, CA 104,655 3.9%
17 Thornton, CO 102,072 3.9%
18 McAllen, TX 120,743 3.6%
19 Las Vegas, NV 534,847 3.5%
20 Chula Vista, CA 204,879 3.5%
21 Brownsville, TX 161,225 3.4%
22 Peoria, AZ 132,487 3.4%
23 LaredoTX 203,212 3.3%
24 Raleigh,NC 326,653 3.3%
25 Stockton, CA 279,888 3.1%


Fastest growing US cities
Increase in population between July 2003 and July 2004
Rank City Population
in 2004
Population increase
since 2003
1 Phoenix, AZ 1,418,041 29,826
2 Los Angeles, CA 3,845,541 26,128
3 San Antonio, TX 1,236,249 22,095
4 Las Vegas, NV 534,847 17,923
5 Fort Worth, TX 603,337 17,872
6 North Las Vegas, NV 158,748 14,204
7 Port St. Lucie, FL 118,396 12,689
8 Bakersfield, CA 283,936 12,357
9 Chandler, AZ 223,991 12,039
10 Gilbert, AZ 156,917 11,231
11 Albuquerque, NM 484,246 10,916
12 Raleigh, NC 326,653 10,460
13 El Paso, TX 592,099 10,012
14 Henderson, NV 224,829 9,879
15 Elk Grove, CA 100,760 9,665
16 Sacramento, CA 454,330 9,610
17 Charlotte, NC 594,359 9,058
18 Jacksonville, FL 777,704 9,051
19 Moreno Valley, CA 166,290 9,036
20 Cape Coral, FL 127,985 9,006
21 Stockton, CA 279,888 8,473
22 Austin, TX 681,804 8,386
23 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 159,346 7,605
24 Irvine, CA 178,317 7,241
25 San Jose, CA 904,522 7,123


Largest US cities
Population on 1 July 2004 and in 2003
Rank City Population
in 2004
Population
in 2003
1 New York City , NY 8,104,079 8,109,626
2 Los Angeles, CA 3,845,541 3,819,413
3 Chicago, IL 2,862,244 2,875,585
4 Houston, TX 2,012,626 2,009,669
5 Philadelphia, PA 1,470,151 1,476,953
6 Phoenix, AZ 1,418,041 1,388,215
7 San Diego, CA 1,263,756 1,262,699
8 San Antonio, TX 1,236,249 1,214,154
9 Dallas, TX 1,210,393 1,205,084
10 San Jose, CA 904,522 897,399
11 Detroit, MI 900,198 912,472
12 Indianapolis, IN 784,242 784,462
13 Jacksonville, FL 777,704 768,653
14 San Francisco, CA 744,230 751,908
15 Columbus, OH 730,008 728,566
16 Austin, TX 681,804 673,418
17 Memphis, TN 671,929 673,120
18 Baltimore, MD 636,251 643,304
19 Fort Worth, TX 603,337 585,465
20 Charlotte, NC 594,359 585,301
21 El Paso, TX 592,099 582,087
22 Milwaukee, WI 583,624 587,205
23 Seattle, WA 571,480 570,407
24 Boston, MA 569,165 577,922
25 Denver, CO 556,835 556,039
Source: US Census Bureau 2005


Census Bureau names fastest
growing metro and micro areas

The Greeley area, north of Denver (Colorado) was the fastest growing US metropolitan areas between 2000 and 2003, while Palm Coast, Florida, was the fastest growing micro area. According to data released in September 2005 by the US Census Bureau, Greeley grew by 16.8 per cent, while the population of Palm coast increased by 25 per cent.

The Census Bureau defines a metro area as one with at least one urbanized area of 50,000 or more people. A micro area has at least one urban cluster of 10,000 to 50,000 people.

The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island region, with 18.6 million people, was the most populous metro area in 2003, the report said. It was followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (California) with 12.8 million and Chicago-Naperville-Joliet (Illinois) region with 9.3 million. With the exception of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta (Georgia) metro area, which was 11th in 2000, each of the 10 most populous metro areas in 2003 also was among the 10 most populous in 2000.

The second and third fastest-growing micro areas were Heber (Utah) which grew 15.1 per cent, and East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, which grew 11.4 per cent, the Census Bureau said.

Torrington (Connecticut) was the most populous micro area in 2003, with a population of approximately 188,000 people. It was followed by the Lake Havasu City-Kingman (Arizona) region and the Lebanon (New Hampshire – Vermont) area, the report said.

The metro population in the West grew fastest, 5.5 per cent, from 2000 to 2003, followed by the South at 5.1 per cent, the Midwest at 2.0 per cent, and the Northeast at 1.5 percent. The West also experienced the fastest growth, 3.2 per cent, in the micro population, the US Census Bureau said.

In 2003, more than half the US population lived in metro areas with populations of one million or more. Almost one-fourth of the population resided in metro areas with populations of five million or more, the Census Bureau said.

As of December 2003, there were 361 metro areas encompassing 1,090 counties (or equivalent entities) and 573 micro areas encompassing 690 counties or equivalents in the US.

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



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