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Population Estimates Show Kansas City with Most Residents in State

A ranking of city population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Kansas City as the most populous city in Missouri and the 39th most populous in the country last year. With a population of 447,306 in 2006, Kansas City experienced the largest increase in the state with nearly 3,000 more residents from the previous year.

Other Missouri cities with large increases were O'Fallon (2,850), Wentzville (2,670), Columbia (2,516), and Lee's Summit (1,683).

St. Louis ranked 52nd in the country in population, with 347,181 residents, despite having the largest decrease in the state of nearly 5,400. The next largest decrease occurred in Independence, which lost over 600 residents.

Missouri Cities by Population
Area 2006 Population 2005 Population 2005-06 Difference 2005-06 Percent Change
Kansas City 447,306 444,314 2,992 0.7%
St. Louis 347,181 352,572 -5,391 -1.5%
Springfield 150,797 150,118 679 0.5%
Independence 109,400 110,039 -639 -0.6%
Columbia 94,428 91,912 2,516 2.7%
Lee's Summit 81,913 80,230 1,683 2.1%
St. Joseph 72,651 72,637 14 0.0%
O'Fallon 72,477 69,627 2,850 4.1%
St. Charles 63,009 62,252 757 1.2%
St. Peters 54,839 54,065 774 1.4%

Lone Jack had the highest population percent increase in the state from 2005 to 2006, increasing 21.6 percent. Other cities with significant percentage increases were Truesdale (21.5%), Loch Lloyd Village (17.1%), Wentzville (14.8%), and Rogersville (10.9%).

Missouri Cities by Percent Change in Population
Area 2006 Population 2005 Population 2005-06 Difference 2005-06 
Percent Change
Lone Jack 846 696 150 21.6%
Truesdale 594 489 105 21.5%
Loch Lloyd Village 445 380 65 17.1%
Wentzville 20,749 18,079 2,670 14.8%
Rogersville 2,481 2,237 244 10.9%
Troy 10,985 9,908 1,077 10.9%
Peculiar 4,247 3,837 410 10.7%
Indian Point Village 668 610 58 9.5%
Wright City 2,657 2,439 218 8.9%
Grain Valley 9,430 8,660 770 8.9%
Oronogo 2,000 1,837 163 8.9%
Nixa 17,391 15,974 1,417 8.9%

The U.S. city with the largest population was New York City with 8.2 million residents. Three Texas cities (Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas) and three California cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose) were in the top ten in population.

U.S. Cities by Population
Area 2006 Population 2005 Population 2005-06 Difference 2005-06 
Percent Change
New York City 8,214,426 8,213,839 587 0.0%
Los Angeles 3,849,378 3,847,059 2,319 0.1%
Chicago 2,833,321 2,842,753 -9,432 -0.3%
Houston 2,144,491 2,117,937 26,554 1.3%
Phoenix 1,512,986 1,469,794 43,192 2.9%
Philadelphia 1,448,394 1,456,350 -7,956 -0.5%
San Antonio 1,296,682 1,263,598 33,084 2.6%
San Diego 1,256,951 1,257,328 -377 0.0%
Dallas 1,232,940 1,216,264 16,676 1.4%
San Jose 929,936 915,668 14,268 1.6%

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