Factoid:NYC borough populations compared to other cities

If we broke up NYC into five cities (Brooklyn was originally a separate city), the rankings would look like this (based on estimates):

  1. Los Angeles.         4,057,841.         http://worldpopulationreview.com/us-cities/
  2. Chicago.               2,679,044

  3. Brooklyn.             2,582,830.        https://www.citypopulation.de/php/usa-newyorkcity.php  For boroughs

  4. Houston               2,359,480

  5. Queens                2,278,906

  6. Phoenix               1,711,356

  7. Manhattan           1,628,701

  8. Philadelphia         1,576,596

  9. San Antonio         1,569,929

  10. Bronx                1,432,132

Dallas, San Jose, and Austin are also over a million. Four New York boroughs would be in the top ten by themselves.

On the actual city list, NYC would obviously be #1, San Antonio would be #7.

The remaining borough, Staten Island, would show up as #42 on the actual city list if it were broken out, with a population of 476,179. That puts its population as greater than: Minneapolis, New Orleans, Tampa, Cleveland, Honolulu, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Orlando.

Keep in mind that this is a measure of within city limits, not metropolitan areas. Obviously, we can’t look at the metropolitan areas of individual boroughs. Also obviously, metropolitan area figures often dwarf city figures, and metropolitan areas sometimes encompass closely neighboring cities, like Dallas/Ft. Worth, Minneapolis/St. Paul or the Research Triangle in North Carolina (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill).

At one point, we could get an idea of the most populous cities by the presence of major sports franchises. However, population growth since has resulted in cities we wouldn’t necessarily expect to be big surpassing far more conspicuous cities in population. Columbus, OH is more populous than Seattle, Denver, or DC. El Paso (just behind DC) is more populous than Boston, Las Vegas, Detroit, Baltimore, and (most surprisingly perhaps) Atlanta. But again, that’s within city limits. Looking at metropolitan areas, Atlanta and Boston come in at numbers nine and ten, and Washington DC at number six  (https://www.statista.com/statistics/183600/population-of-metropolit…). In general, metropolitan area populations are way closer to our expectations. The only real surprise I saw high on that list was the Riverside/San Bernardino, CA area coming in at number thirteen.

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