Tuesday, July 29, 2008

U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 Population Estimates Show Continued Modest Growth For Alaska; Wasilla Now The Fourth Largest City

Only July 10th, 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau released its population estimates effective in July 2007, described in this press release. They show that New Orleans’ population rose by 13.8 percent to 239,124 during the one-year period, to lead all cities with populations of 100,000 or more in rate of increase. New Orleans was followed by Victorville, Calif., whose population climbed 9.5 percent to 107,221. Victorville, in Southern California’s San Bernardino County, saw its population pass the 100,000 mark for the first time in 2007.

Three Texas cities made the fastest-growing top 10: McKinney and Denton (near Dallas, ranking third and 10th, respectively) and Killeen (near Austin, ranking sixth). Rounding out the top 10 were North Las Vegas, Nev. (fourth); Cary, N.C. (near Raleigh, ranking fifth); Port St. Lucie, Fla. (on the Atlantic coast, seventh); Gilbert, Ariz. (near Phoenix, eighth); and Clarksville, Tenn. (on the Kentucky border, ninth).

Houston added 38,932 residents between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007, to lead the nation in numerical population increase. Houston, which reached 2.2 million, was joined by three other Texas cities: San Antonio (third), Fort Worth (fourth) and Austin (eighth). North Carolina also contributed multiple cities to the list: Charlotte (ninth) and Raleigh (10th). Rounding out the top 10 were Phoenix (second), New Orleans (fifth), New York (sixth) and Atlanta (seventh).

New York continued to be the nation’s most populous city, with 8.3 million residents. This was more than twice the population of Los Angeles, which ranked second at 3.8 million. Chicago, with 2.8 million, was third, followed by Houston and Phoenix (1.6 million).

Fortunately, the Detroit News organized an easy way you can find out the population of your city without wading through a bunch of Excel spreadsheets. Click HERE to access the menu to select any state in the U.S. To display population figures for all cities and counties of a given state, select the state of interest, then click Search.

Click HERE to access population figures for Alaskan cities.

Click HERE to see population figures for the state and the various boroughs and census areas. Click HERE to see demographic breakout by age, gender, and race. The estimated population for Alaska is now 683,478, an increase of 6,028 over 2006. The fastest growing areas continue to be the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Most noteworthy - Wasilla is now the fourth largest city in the state. But for the first time in a while, Anchorage was estimated to have lost population. Currently, Anchorage sits at 279,671, a loss of 251 over 2006. Here are all cities of 1,000 or more, in rank order array:

Anchorage: 279,671
Fairbanks: 34,540
Juneau: 30,690
Wasilla: 9,780
Sitka: 8,874
Palmer: 7,804
Kenai: 7,686
Ketchikan: 7,368
Bethel: 6,431
Kodiak: 6,182
Homer: 5,691
Soldotna: 4,289
Barrow: 3,982
Valdez: 3,843
Unalaska: 3,836
Nome: 3,578
Kotzebue: 3,152
Seward: 3,061
Petersburg: 2,880
Dillingham: 2,501
Cordova: 2,251
North Pole: 2,183
Wrangell: 2,030
Houston: 2,017
Craig: 1,177
Hooper Bay: 1,097

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