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2020 U.S. Census: 20 True Or False #1

The full United States Census is conducted every 10 years. Unless specified otherwise, any questions pertaining to changes are in relation to the last official census in 2010.
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Fact. / False. The Dwight Schrute edition
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1. New York City has more people than the 2nd and 3rd most populous U.S. cities combined.
Fact.
False.
Furthermore, NYC (8,804,190) has 98.4% as many people as #2 Los Angeles (3,898,747), #3 Chicago (2,746,388), and #4 Houston (2,304,580) combined (=8,949,715).
2. The next 3 most populous cities after New York City have a combined land area more than 5 times that of NYC.
Fact.
False.
4.4 times as much. NYC has 300 square miles to 1,333 for Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston put together, with almost the exact combined population as NYC alone.
3. Hawai'i has twice as many people as Alaska.
Fact.
False.
Close. For conversational purposes, yes. For nitpickers, no. Hawai'i: 1,455,271 / Alaska: 733,391 = 1.984304416
4. Michigan lost population.
Fact.
False.
Michigan officially rose above 10 million people for the first time in history.
5. All states but one gained population.
Fact.
False.
3 states lost population.
6. New York City gained population at a higher rate than the United States did.
Fact.
False.
NYC: 7.7%; U.S.A.: 7.4%
7. Chicago gained population at a higher rate than the rest of Illinois.
Fact.
False.
Chicago increased by 50,790 people. Illinois outside of Chicago lost 68,914.
8. Texas has more cities proper with a population over 1 million than any other state.
Fact.
False.
Of the 10 in the U.S., California has 3, as does Texas: Houston, San Antonio & Dallas. Austin and Fort Worth are on the fast track, both well above 900,000 with 20+ % increases in 10 years.
9. Texas has more counties with a population over 1 million than any other state.
Fact.
False.
Of the 49 counties above 1 million, Texas has 6. California has 10. New York City's 5 boroughs are legal counties and all but Staten Island have over 1 million people. Adding 3 suburban counties, New York has 7. Typical of any national race Florida's involved in, the count in a single county comes within tying 6 by a mere 4,400 people.
10. The percentage of the female population increased.
Fact.
False.
They decreased from 50.8% to 50.5%
11. The South grew faster than the West.
Fact.
False.
South 10.2%; West 9.2%; Northeast 4.1%; Midwest 3.1%
12. Puerto Rico gained population at a higher rate than the U.S. average.
Fact.
False.
It fell 11.8%, from 3,725,789 to 3,285,874.
13. Oklahoma City lost its position as the largest city by land area that is not part of a merged city-county government.
Fact.
False.
Houston has expanded to overtake Oklahoma City by more than 30 square miles.
14. The area that contains the Las Vegas Strip is part of the most populous "Census Designated Place" (CDP) that is not part of a city.
Fact.
False.
Paradise, Nevada as defined in 2010 was #1. As now defined it is the #5 CDP, behind Arlington, Virginia and 3 other expanded, unincorporated Las Vegas suburbs. CDPs are a muddy statistic. As they often do not conform to any area defined by local government nor by postal addresses, they are subject to being frequently reconsidered for vastly expanded or shrunken boundaries.
15. Columbus is the most populous city ever in Ohio.
Fact.
False.
2020: Columbus 905,748; Cleveland 372,624 / 1950: Columbus 375,901; Cleveland 914,808
16. Columbus has a larger population than Ohio's #2 and #3 cities combined.
Fact.
False.
Columbus: 905,748 / Cleveland: 372,624 / Cincinnati: 309,317 / Adding #4 Toledo's 270,871 would total 952,812. In 1950 those 3 cities had a combined population of 1,722,422 and Columbus had 375,901.
17. St. Louis has lost a larger percentage of its peak population than Detroit has.
Fact.
False.
St. Louis has 301,758 (35.2% of its peak 856,796). Detroit has 639,111 (34.6% of its peak 1,849,568).
18. Dearborn has grown to be Detroit's largest suburb.
Fact.
False.
Warren and Sterling Heights are still larger. Dearborn rose 12.0%, putting it above 100,000 for the 1st time in 50 years.
19. Phoenix and Los Angeles both have at least 1 individual suburban city with over half a million people.
Fact.
False.
Phoenix/Mesa, San Francisco/San Jose and Dallas/Fort Worth are the only local pairs of cities above 500,000 people. L.A.'s suburb Long Beach has 466,742.
20. Springfield, Missouri is more populous than Springfield, Massachusetts, Springfield, Illinois or any other Springfield in the country you can name.
Fact.
False.
Missouri: 169,176; Massachusetts: 155,929; Illinois: 114,434. However, Springfield, Massachusetts peaked at 174,463 in 1960. Whether the Simpsons' Springfield lives outside contact with the rest of the U.S. is debatable. Data unavailable.
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Level 89
Nov 18, 2021
New York City has had more people than the #2 and #3 cities combined since the 4 other current boroughs were added to Manhattan to form the modern City of New York in 1898. In the 3 Censuses from 1860 to 1880, Brooklyn (now part of NYC) was the #3 city and combined with #2 Philadelphia had more than New York City, which consisted soley of Manhattan.

Before then NYC sometimes did and sometimes didn't have more than the next 2 combined. It is the only place of any geographic type to hold the same rank in every U.S. Census since the country's founding.

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Level 65
Nov 30, 2021
California also has three cities of over one million people.
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Level 89
Nov 30, 2021
Whoops, I knew that so I don't know how it got by me. Thanks.
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Level 70
Dec 29, 2021
Very tricky!
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Level 49
Apr 1, 2024
suprised that oklahoma city was larger than jacksonville in 2010. fun fact: the biggest cdp, arlington virginia, is coexistent (is that the right word?) with the county of arlington and is de-facto an independent city of which there are many in virginia. the cdp that contains the las vegas strip, paradise, had a population decrease of 14% in 2010-2020 while a neighboring cdp, enterprise, has had an increase of 104%

edit: the city-county question was about land area