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Columbia is Missouri’s Fastest-Growing City over 50,000

Office BuildingsAccording to recently released Census data, Columbia, Missouri is the fastest growing city in Missouri from 2010 to 2011. Columbia increased in population by 1.8 percent adding more than 1,900 residents to the city according to the 2011 Population Estimates.

Other cities with a population change of over 1.0 percent between 2010 to 2011 were St. Peters (689), O'Fallon (1,040) and St. Charles (804).

Missouri Cities of over 50,000 - Annual Estimates Ranked by Percent Change April 2010 to July 2011 Population
Rank in Missouri Rank in US Area April 1, 2010 Estimates Base July 1, 2011 Chane in Population from April 2010 to July 2011 Percent
Population Estimate
1 169 Columbia City 108,500 110,438 1,938 1.8
2 321 St. Peters City 52,575 53,264 689 1.3
3 322 O'Fallon City 79,479 80,519 1,040 1.3
4 346 St. Charles City 65,794 66,598 804 1.2
5 447 Joplin City 50,150 50,559 409 0.8
6 467 Kansas City  459,787 463,202 3,415 0.7
7 497 Springfield City 159,509 160,660 1,151 0.7
8 562 St. Joseph City 76,803 77,185 382 0.5
9 600 Lee's Summit City 91,364 91,668 304 0.3
10 602 Blue Springs City  52,575 52,749 174 0.3
11 604 Independence City 116,830 117,213 383 0.3
12 666 Florissant City 52,158 52,145 -13 0.0
13 695 St. Louis City 319,294 318,069 -1,225 -0.4

The largest city in Missouri is Kansas City with a population of 463,202 residents, ranking it at 37 in the nation for largest cities. St. Louis ranks second in Missouri with 318,069 in population and 58th in the nation. Other large cities in Missouri include Sprinfield (160,660), Independence (117,213) and Columbia (110,438).

Missouri Cities of over 50,000 - Annual Estimates Ranked by July 2011 Population
Rank in Missouri Rank in US  Area April 1, 2010 Population Estimate (as of July 1)
Census Estimates Base 2010 2011
1 37 Kansas City        459,787 459,787 460,724 463,202
2 58 St. Louis City    319,294 319,294 319,008 318,069
3 146 Springfield City    159,498 159,509 159,634 160,660
4 222 Independence City  116,830 116,830 116,969 117,213
5 239 Columbia City   108,500 108,500 108,857 110,438
6 321 Lee's Summit City   91,364 91,364 91,477 91,668
7 391 O'Fallon  City  79,329 79,479 79,755 80,519
8 415 St. Joseph City   76,780 76,803 76,658 77,185
9 498 St. Charles City   65,794 65,794 66,008 66,598
10 668 St. Peters City   52,575 52,575 52,758 53,264
11 673 Blue Springs City   52,575 52,575 52,637 52,749
12 683 Florissant City   52,158 52,158 52,149 52,145
13 706 Joplin City    50,150 50,150 50,277 50,559

The fastest-growing growing cities in the nation between 2010 and 2011 were New Orleans, Louisiana with a 4.9 percent increase and Round Rock, Texas with an increase of 4.8 percent. As of July 1, 2011, the population of New Orleans was 360,740, up from 210,768 in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina but still below the pre-hurricane level of 484,674.

The largest increase in population occurred in New York City with an increase of 69,777 residents. Texas had the next three cities with the largest increases with Houston adding 45,716 residents followed by San Antonio (32,152) and Austin (30,221).

New York City remains the largest city in the nation with a population of 8,244,910, followed by Los Angeles with 3,819,702 residents.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb12-117.html

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