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Fastest growing U.S. cities by decade quiz

These cities added the most residents between each Census count.
Not counting cities that were incorporated since the last census
Note that annexation of surrounding areas counts as growth
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Last updated: August 13, 2021
First submittedOctober 8, 2020
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1790–1800
27,384
New York City
13,011
Baltimore
12,698
Philadelphia
8,194
Boston
3,967
Norfolk
3,960
Southwark, PA
2,465
Charleston
2,223
Alexandria
1,976
Richmond
1,791
Albany
 
 
1800–1810
35,828
New York City
20,041
Baltimore
12,502
Philadelphia
9,156
Northern Liberties, PA
8,850
Boston
5,887
Charleston
5,473
Albany
4,998
Washington, DC
4,086
Southwark, PA
3,998
Richmond
 
 
1810–1820
31,889
Baltimore
27,333
New York City
10,080
Philadelphia
9,934
New Orleans
9,511
Boston
7,102
Cincinnati
5,039
Washington, DC
2,773
Brooklyn
2,480
Pittsburgh
2,412
Georgetown, DC
 
 
1820–1830
78,883
New York City
18,906
New Orleans
18,094
Boston
16,660
Philadelphia
15,189
Cincinnati
11,579
Albany
9,194
Northern Liberties, PA
7,642
Spring Garden, PA
6,573
Buffalo
6,329
Louisville
 
 
1830–1840
110,121
New York City
56,111
New Orleans
31,991
Boston
23,827
Brooklyn
21,693
Baltimore
21,507
Cincinnati
16,709
Spring Garden, PA
14,322
Lowell, MA
13,203
Philadelphia
11,492
St. Louis
 
 
1840–1850
202,837
New York City
69,097
Cincinnati
66,741
Baltimore
61,391
St. Louis
60,605
Brooklyn
43,498
Boston
31,045
Spring Garden, PA
27,711
Philadelphia
25,493
Chicago
25,486
Pittsburgh
1850–1860
444,153
Philadelphia
298,122
New York City
169,823
Brooklyn
82,913
St. Louis
82,209
Chicago
52,300
New Orleans
45,609
Cincinnati
43,364
Baltimore
40,959
Boston
38,868
Buffalo
 
 
1860–1870
186,805
Chicago
150,091
St. Louis
129,438
Brooklyn
128,623
New York City
108,493
Philadelphia
92,671
San Francisco
72,686
Boston
55,195
Cincinnati
54,936
Baltimore
53,320
Jersey City
 
 
1870–1880
264,007
New York City
204,208
Chicago
173,138
Philadelphia
170,564
Brooklyn
112,313
Boston
84,486
San Francisco
70,313
Pittsburgh
67,317
Cleveland
64,969
Baltimore
44,147
Milwaukee
 
 
1880–1890
596,665
Chicago
309,002
New York City
239,680
Brooklyn
199,794
Philadelphia
117,851
Minneapolis
109,934
Omaha
102,126
Baltimore
101,252
St. Louis
101,207
Cleveland
100,530
Buffalo
 
 
1890–1900
1,921,901
New York City
598,725
Chicago
246,733
Philadelphia
130,235
Cleveland
123,468
St. Louis
112,415
Boston
96,723
Buffalo
82,999
Pittsburgh
80,847
Milwaukee
79,828
Detroit
 
 
1900–1910
1,329,681
New York City
486,708
Chicago
255,311
Philadelphia
216,719
Los Angeles
212,289
Pittsburgh
180,062
Detroit
168,895
Cleveland
156,523
Seattle
116,788
Portland
111,791
St. Louis
1910–1920
853,165
New York City
527,312
Detroit
516,422
Chicago
274,771
Philadelphia
257,475
Los Angeles
236,178
Cleveland
175,341
Baltimore
139,368
Akron
106,502
Washington, DC
89,764
San Francisco
 
 
1920–1930
1,310,398
New York City
674,733
Chicago
661,375
Los Angeles
575,584
Detroit
154,076
Houston
127,718
San Francisco
127,185
Philadelphia
121,102
Milwaukee
103,588
Cleveland
101,499
Dallas
 
 
1930–1940
524,549
New York City
266,229
Los Angeles
176,222
Washington, DC
92,162
Houston
61,535
Miami
55,346
San Diego
54,790
Detroit
54,226
Baltimore
43,516
Jacksonville
39,799
Memphis
 
 
1940–1950
466,081
Los Angeles
436,962
New York City
226,116
Detroit
224,154
Chicago
211,649
Houston
154,588
San Antonio
140,821
San Francisco
140,271
Philadelphia
139,728
Dallas
139,087
Washington, DC
 
 
1950–1960
508,657
Los Angeles
342,056
Houston
332,352
Phoenix
245,222
Dallas
238,837
San Diego
179,276
San Antonio
167,438
Tucson
156,141
Atlanta
150,289
Tampa
146,202
El Paso
 
 
1960–1970
337,046
Los Angeles
327,835
Jacksonville
294,583
Houston
277,129
Nashville
268,366
Indianapolis
241,583
San Jose
164,717
Dallas
142,392
Phoenix
126,006
Memphis
123,545
San Diego
1970–1980
362,336
Houston
208,142
Phoenix
183,663
San Jose
178,769
San Diego
150,789
Los Angeles
131,727
San Antonio
126,350
Anchorage
102,998
El Paso
93,688
Austin
90,093
Virginia Beach
 
 
1980–1990
518,548
Los Angeles
250,925
New York City
235,011
San Diego
193,699
Phoenix
152,806
San Jose
150,053
San Antonio
136,000
Fresno
135,687
Mesa, AZ
130,870
Virginia Beach
120,126
Austin
 
 
1990–2000
685,714
New York City
337,642
Phoenix
323,078
Houston
220,139
Las Vegas
209,422
Los Angeles
208,713
San Antonio
190,940
Austin
181,703
Dallas
155,136
Augusta, GA
144,894
Charlotte
 
 
2000–2010
484,865
Louisville
206,512
Fort Worth
190,596
Charlotte
182,791
San Antonio
166,855
New York City
145,820
Houston
133,828
Austin
127,799
Raleigh
124,587
Phoenix
105,322
Las Vegas
 
 
2010–2020
629,057
New York City
204,317
Houston
177,709
Fort Worth
171,465
Austin
162,507
Phoenix
143,155
Charlotte
128,355
Seattle
127,827
Jacksonville
118,715
Columbus, OH
115,364
Denver
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Level 67
Jun 11, 2022
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Level 55
Oct 8, 2020
great quiz, i loved it
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Level 63
Jul 17, 2021
currently in the least-guessed answer and I didn't even get it! Great quiz!
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Level 84
Feb 24, 2022
Cool quiz. Got everything currently guessed above 8% except for Louisville, Anchorage, Augusta and Lowell. I remembered Southwark and Northern Liberties from another quiz and probably helped to get Alexandria that I'm from NoVA.
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Level 68
Feb 24, 2022
Was Brooklyn not one of the boroughs of New York city way back then?
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Level 84
Feb 24, 2022
It was considered its own city until being absorbed into NYC in 1898. Which is why it disappears from the rankings (and NYC gets a big boost) that decade.
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Level 80
May 27, 2022
I'm assuming the same for Georgetown?
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Level 84
May 27, 2022
Georgetown was eventually absorbed into Washington.