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:
- New York New York 8,175,133
- Los Angeles California 3,792,621
- Chicago Illinois 2,695,598
- Houston Texas 2,099,451
- Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1,526,006
- Phoenix Arizona 1,445,632
- San Antonio Texas 1,327,407
- San Diego California 1,307,402
- Dallas Texas 1,197,816
- San Jose California 945,942
- Jacksonville Florida 821,784
- Indianapolis Indiana 820,445
- San Francisco California 805,235
- Austin Texas 790,390
- Columbus Ohio 787,033
- Fort Worth Texas 741,206
- Charlotte North Carolina 731,424
- Detroit Michigan 713,777
- El Paso Texas 649,121
- Memphis Tennessee 646,889
- Baltimore Maryland 620,961
- Boston Massachusetts 617,594
- Seattle Washington 608,660
- Washington District of Columbia 601,723
- Nashville Tennessee 601,222
- Denver Colorado 600,158