[Looking at some of the cities that fall just short of the top 10 you can get a clear image of what cities (in 2004) might be contenders for the top 10 in the near future.Originally posted by mgk920
Someone brought up what cities in the Midwest will look like. In the Midwest there are two cities to pay close attention to. Indianapolis (12th) and Columbus (15th). These two have the most economic growth in the city boundaries (for the large Midwestern cities) and the most potential of getting even closer to the top 10.
The 2004 estimated population of Indianapolis (12th largest city) is 784,242 (up from 781,870 in 2000)
The 2004 estimated population of Columbus (15th largest city) is 730,008 (up from 711,470 in 2000) Soon I would expect Columbus to move to 14th place replacing San francisco (744,230) Indianapolis (now 12th) will be neck in neck with Jacksonville (now 13th) putting either at 12th and 11th and Detroit (11th now) will end up being pushed even further down the chart to maybe 15th or higher. Austin is the 16th largest city and will continue to move up further as well. Memphis the 17th shows no sign of population decline.
Regarding the midwest again; further down the road it is not really a question of if Columbus and Indianapolis will reach the one million mark but I am wondering when? I wouldn't expect this before 2010 but sometime after. Both are seeing steady growth in the central city and both cities have tons of square miles that are not even developed yet.
When looking at Ohio cities it is interesting to note that even some of the areas outside of the city limits of Cleveland and Cincinnati are loosing population. Cleveland is seeing the entire metro decline in population. Annexation alone cannot reverse a metros economy. In Columbus the metro continues to gain population as the city does.
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Below is a chart of the 2004 and 2000 population estimates of the top 20 most populated cities
2004 (est) 2000 -/+ population change
1 New York City 8,104,079 8,008,278 +
2 LA 3,845,541 3,694,820 +
3 Chicago 2,862,244 2,896,016 -
4 Houston 2,012,626 1,953,631 +
5 Philadelphia 1,470,151 1,517,550 -
6 Phoenix 1,418,041 1,321,045 +
7 San Diego 1,263,756 1,223,400 +
8 San Antonio 1,236,249 1,144,646 +
9 Dallas 1,210,393 1,188,580 +
10 San Jose 904,522 894,943 +
11 Detroit 900,198 951,270 -
12 Indianapolis 784,242 781,870 +
13 Jacksonville 777,704 735,617 +
14 San Francisco 744,230 776,733 -
15 Columbus 730,008 711,470 +
16 Austin 681,804 656,562 +
17 Memphis 671,929 650,100 +
18 Baltimore 636,251 651,154 -
19 Fort Worth 603,337 534,694 +
20 Charlotte 594,359 540,828 +