Census Bureau Stats Out Today: 537,081 Portlanders

Originally uploaded by russ.

The new U.S. Census city population estimates are out today. They always track a year behind, i.e. issuing estimates on or around July 1 for the previous July 1 “on or around.”
We’re 537,081 strong. Just below Oklahoma City ahd just ahead of the place where Jo-Jo left his home (Tucson, Arizona).
Hey look at the data this way. If you live within the city of Portland, and if it was not for you, we’d be 537,080. So you are important, and a statistic.

6 Comments so far

  1. Jay (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    I thought that 65% of all statistics were made up?

  2. Bob R. (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

    What is amazing is how fast the populations ramp upward in the top 10. For example, there isn’t much population difference among the middle slots, but New York City alone outnumbers positions 11-21 (almost 11-22).

    Another example: #2 Los Angeles has over a million more than #3 Chicago, but #23 Seattle has only 45K more than #31 Portland.

    – Bob R.

  3. DR (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 4:16 pm

    Is it weird that Springfield, MO and Springfield, MA are less than 1,000 people apart?

  4. Dr Normal (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

    Something is weird with this data… Is it a “city limits” issue? Where is Cleveland, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, etc. in this list? Doesn’t seem correct. San Jose is pushing 1 million people but San Francisco is 744k?

    Humm… Russ, can you give us more info!

  5. extramsg (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 11:39 pm

    Yes, this is within the city limits. Portland metro is a bit over 2 million people and the 20th or so largest metro area in the US. Metro areas are more telling, I think. We have a lot of landforms that have kept cities technically separate. But cities like Denver or Houston can just expand their city limits forever. See here:


  6. dssofaer (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 10:25 am

    I prefer these stats when accompanied by a people per square mile figure. Without that, one doesn’t really know how crowded it is.

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