Attack of the list post: Denver

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Denver has become quite an international city. While up at the Ikea, I heard German, French, Swedish and a half-dozen other languages I could not recognize. And not just occasionally, but about every fourth person! Of course, this may be something of a self-selecting group, considering the strong “It’s Swedish!” marketing. It could just be that Ikea is this decades United Colors of Benetton.

However, it got me wondering. Where does Denver fit into the big US cities. Top 10? Top 20? Over the past 16 years (!) I have watched Denver grow: the massive buildup of the downtown and Lodo, the spread. We’re up there now, right?

Cue Wikipedia. Denver is 26! Hmmm. 26? Who else is up there? Sure, you can name the BIG cities, New York, LA, Chicago. Beyond that, though, I’m not sure. There were some surprises:

  • Houston is number 4, right after the top 3 everyone can name.
  • Phoenix (6) is bigger than Dallas?
  • Jacksonville (11) is bigger than San Francisco(13)?
  • Columbus (15)? Charlotte (17)? Those are all bigger than Denver (26)? Hmm.

Now, generally, I hate list posts. I find them a low form of blog posts. For every good post (rare) there are a number of junk post that are filler. However, I found this one interesting:

  1. New York New York 8,175,133
  2. Los Angeles California 3,792,621
  3. Chicago Illinois 2,695,598
  4. Houston Texas 2,099,451
  5. Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1,526,006
  6. Phoenix Arizona 1,445,632
  7. San Antonio Texas 1,327,407
  8. San Diego California 1,307,402
  9. Dallas Texas 1,197,816
  10. San Jose California 945,942
  11. Jacksonville Florida 821,784
  12. Indianapolis Indiana 820,445
  13. San Francisco California 805,235
  14. Austin Texas 790,390
  15. Columbus Ohio 787,033
  16. Fort Worth Texas 741,206
  17. Charlotte North Carolina 731,424
  18. Detroit Michigan 713,777
  19. El Paso Texas 649,121
  20. Memphis Tennessee 646,889
  21. Baltimore Maryland 620,961
  22. Boston Massachusetts 617,594
  23. Seattle Washington 608,660
  24. Washington District of Columbia 601,723
  25. Nashville Tennessee 601,222
  26. Denver Colorado 600,158
Watch out Nashville, we’re coming for you!

Via List of United States cities by population – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia