Friday, June 29, 2007

Do you want to live someplace sunny?

Apparently a lot more Americans do these days. There has been a lot in the news about the latest Census figures.

One of the most written/talked/blogged about findings is that Phoenix is now the fifth largest city in the United States, edging out Philadelphia. Here's an interesting piece from the City of Brotherly Love's Inquirer.

Even more interesting is that Phoenix and our nearer neighbor to the west, Dallas, had fewer than 100,000 residents about 100 years ago.

Census Bureau stats show people are moving to places where it is sunnier. Cities in Florida, California and Texas each showed tremendous growth. Check out the bureau's info for yourself. Another interesting tidbit: In 1910, only three of the 10 biggest U.S. cities had 1 million or more residents. With the latest figures, only one hadn't cracked the million mark, and it was only about 70,000 folks away.

Not surprisingly, New Orleans was a big loser in terms of population, but that wasn't only because of Katrina.

Thoughts? I'm probably the only nerd around here so enthralled by population figures.

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