Charlotte Overtook San Francisco To Become The 15th Biggest City In America


Charlotte has officially entered the prestigious list of ‘The Top 15 Most Populous Cities’ in America, pushing San Francisco down to #16 in the process, according to new estimates by the US Census.

Between July 1st of 2018 and July 1st of 2019, Charlotte added an estimated 13,200 new residents (36 new residents every day), bringing the total population within the city limits to 885,708.

Over the past 10 years, Fort Worth and Charlotte pushed Indianapolis and San Francisco out of the Top 15 list:

The 15 Most Populous Cities on April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2019
April 1, 2010 July 1, 2019
Rank Area Name State Name Total Population Rank Area Name State Name Total Population
1 New York city New York 8,175,031 1 New York city New York 8,336,817
2 Los Angeles city California 3,793,139 2 Los Angeles city California 3,979,576
3 Chicago city Illinois 2,695,652 3 Chicago city Illinois 2,693,976
4 Houston city Texas 2,095,517 4 Houston city Texas 2,320,268
5 Philadelphia city Pennsylvania 1,526,012 5 Phoenix city Arizona 1,680,992
6 Phoenix city Arizona 1,446,691 6 Philadelphia city Pennsylvania 1,584,064
7 San Antonio city Texas  1,326,161 7 San Antonio city Texas 1,547,253
8 San Diego city California 1,301,929 8 San Diego city California 1,423,851
9 Dallas city Texas  1,197,658 9 Dallas city Texas 1,343,573
10 San Jose city California  952,528 10 San Jose city California 1,021,795
11 Jacksonville city Florida  821,750 11 Austin city Texas 978,908
12 Indianapolis city (balance) Indiana  820,457 12 Jacksonville city Florida 911,507
13 San Francisco city California  805,184 13 Fort Worth city Texas 909,585
14 Austin city Texas  801,829 14 Columbus city Ohio 898,553
15 Columbus city Ohio 789,018 15 Charlotte city North Carolina 885,708


The Census also notes that the South and the West have been dominating the population game, with a continued population shift being seen from the North East to the South and West.

“Among the 15 U.S. cities or towns with populations of 50,000 or more as of April 1, 2010, that had the largest numeric increases since 2010, eight were located in the South, five in the West, and one each in the Northeast and the Midwest. Phoenix, Ariz., tops the list of the 15 largest numeric gainers with an increase of over 234,300 people or an average of 25,330 people per year between 2010 and 2019,” the report notes. “Aside from New York, New York, and Columbus, Ohio, the other cities making up the list of the largest numeric gainers were located in the South or West.”

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