Largest & Fastest Growing Cities

.. new July 1, 2014 Census Bureau model-based estimates for the U.S. 19,509 incorporated cities show a total population of 200,158,492 compared to 192,191,138 as of Census 2010 (an increase of almost 8 million or 4.14 percent). These areas are incorporated cities as recognized by their corresponding state governments and granted certain governmental rights and responsibilities. The increase of almost 8 million in city population reflects a 4.2% increase over the little more than 4 years. The population change includes areas annexed by cities since 2010 and includes some cities that did not exist as of Census 2010. See related Web section for more detail on topics covered here.

Visual Analysis of City/Place Population Dynamics
Use the CV XE GIS software with city/place GIS project to examine characteristics of city/place population, 2010-2014. The following view shows patterns of population percent change, 2010-14, by city in the Charlotte, NC/SC metro area. Create custom maps similar to this map for any city/place/area. Create your own intervals and color patterns. Select from alternative demographic measure. Add your own data.

… view developed using the CV XE GIS software.
… click map for larger view and details including city name.

Using the Interactive Table
Use the interactive table to view, rank, query and compare cities of interest. The following graphic shows North Carolina counties ranked in descending order based on the 2014 population estimate. Use the interactive table to create a similar view for states of interest.

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View the list of cities with the largest 2014 population by dbl-clicking the header cell “Population 7/1/2014” in the table. Place a state query on the table to select cities in a state of interest and click the header cell “Population 7/1/2014” to view cities in that state ranked by size. Choose other columns to view other relationships.

Examining the Largest Cities
The following sequence of graphics illustrate use of the interactive table to examine characteristics of cities having 2014 population of 100,000 or more. The first step was to set the 2014 population threshold at 100,000 using the tools below the table. Choose your own population threshold (any value). Next, click the Population 2014 header cell to rank these cities in descending order on this measure.

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To view the largest cities (100,000 or more population in 2014) ranked on population change 2010 to 2014, click the population change header cell. The result is shown in the following graphic.

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To view the largest cities (100,000 or more population in 2014) ranked on population percent change 2010 to 2014, click the population change header cell. The result is shown in the following graphic.

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The America’s Communities Program database will updated soon to reflect these updates. Examine the annual population estimates in context with other demographic-economic measures and patterns.

Join us in a Data Analytics Lab Session where we review and discuss use of tools and resources like those covered in this section.

About the Author
— Warren Glimpse is former senior Census Bureau statistician responsible for innovative data access and use operations. He is also the former associate director of the U.S. Office of Federal Statistical Policy and Standards for data access and use. He has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector developing data resources and tools for integration and analysis of geographic, demographic, economic and business data.

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