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Rain Man
03-08-2008, 09:53 PM
[Important Note: I'm talking about actual cities, not metropolitan areas. I'm also including Puerto Rico in the figures.]

...there are 9 cities in the U.S. with more than 1 million people: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, and San Antonio.

...there are 29 total cities with more than 500,000 people, of which the smallest are Oklahoma City, Portland (OR) and Fort Worth

...there are 68 total cities with more than 250,000 people, of which the smallest are Riverside (CA), Louisville, and Anchorage

...the 100th-largest city in the U.S. was Glendale (CA), with 194,973 people.

...there are 249 cities with more than 100,000 people, of which the smallest were Athens (GA), Burbank (CA), and Livonia (MI)

...there are 672 cities with more than 50,000 people, of which the smallest were Renton (WA), Aspen HIll (MD), and Bowie (MD)

...there are 3,586 cities with more than 10,000 people, of which the smallest were Cadillac (MI), Montecito (CA), and Groton (CT).

...there are 11,033 cities with less than 1,000 people, of which 17 are shown with no population, and 2 have a population of 1 person (Lost Spring, WY, and New Amsterdam, IN).

States that have more than 1,000 cities:

Texas - 1,510
Pennsylvania - 1,401
Illinois - 1,313
California - 1,081
Ohio - 1,054
New York - 1,050

State with Fewer than 100 cities

Rhode Island - 27
New Hampshire - 60
Vermont - 67
Nevada - 71
Delaware - 75

Number of cities that begin with each letter of the alphabet:

S 2371
C 2265
M 2109
B 1995
W 1695
L 1612
P 1441
H 1386
R 1157
G 1148
A 1112
N 998
F 980
E 961
D 874
T 802
O 666
K 521
V 348
J 307
I 263
U 159
Y 101
Q 55
Z 47
X 2
Grand Total 25375

Largest three cities in the U.S. with each starting letter (in descending order)

Again, these are actual cities, not metropolitan areas.

A - Austin, Albuquerque, Atlanta
B - Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo
C - Chicago, Columbus (OH), Charlotte (NC)
D - Dallas, Detroit, Denver
E - El Paso, Eugene (OR), Escondido (CA)
F - Forth Worth, Fresno, Fort Wayne (IN)
G - Greensboro (NC), Glendale (CA), Garland (TX)
H - Houston, Honolulu, Hialeah (FL)
I - Indianapolist, Irving (TX), Irvine (CA)
J - Jacksonville, Jersey City (NJ), Jackson (MS)
K - Kansas City (MO), Knoxville (TN), Kansas City (KS)
L - Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Long Beach (CA)
M - Memphis, Milwaukee, Mesa (AZ)
N - New York, Nashville, New Orleans (pre-Katrina, may have been passed by Newark, NJ)
O - Oklahoma City, Oakland, Omaha
P - Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (OR)
Q - Quincy (MA), Quincy (IL), Quartz Hill (CA)
R - Raleigh (NC), Riverside (CA), Rochester (NY)
S - San Diego, San Antonio, San Jose
T - Tucson, Tulsa, Toledo (OH)
U - Upland (CA), Union City (NJ), Union City (CA)
V - Virginia Beach (VA), Vancouver (WA), Vallejo (CA)
W - Washington (DC), Wichita, Winston-Salem (NC)
X - Xenia (OH), Xenia (IL), [No third city in category]
Y - Yonkers (NY), Youngstown (OH), Yuma (AZ)
Z - Zanesville (OH), Zion (IL), Zachary (LA)

Number of people who live in cities that start with the following letters:

S 23,051,554
C 19,683,411
N 15,926,307
L 15,406,779
M 14,615,555
P 13,381,041
B 13,329,651
W 11,253,546
H 9,873,725
A 9,862,112
D 7,942,681
R 7,538,677
F 7,489,426
G 7,208,981
E 6,634,935
T 6,573,879
O 5,682,714
K 3,435,932
J 2,747,323
I 2,491,139
V 2,311,104
U 970,645
Y 931,798
Q 222,085
Z 145,695
X 24,571
Grand Total 208,735,266

(Note that a significant portion of people don't live in cities, so the total population is smaller than the U.S. population.

Just thought I'd share, since I figure a lot of people are fascinated by this stuff. Right? Right?

SNR
03-08-2008, 10:00 PM
Do you know what the requirement is to be called a "city", Rain Main? I originally thought it was that you had to have your own post office for the city limits, but if you have only 1 or 2 people in your community, that can't be right.

Also, I live near a few towns that used to be active (never that big, but they still had a neighborhood or two and were an actual stop on the railroad). I've checked several "official" maps, and they don't even list them as towns anymore since they were abandoned. However, people have started buying land close to these old towns, and really, they should be considered a community of some type, because they have the city sign still intact and even have a stop sign or two on the highway. What's up with that?

Rain Man
03-08-2008, 10:07 PM
It's got nothing to do with having a post office, though post offices naturally follow. In most places, you have to be incorporated as a town, which means that you have a mayor/manager, budget, and other stuff, and that you're responsible for your own infrastructure.

I cheated a little bit on the list, though, because this is actually a list of "places". Places are defined by the Feds as places that are EITHER cities OR essentially serve the function of cities. There are a bunch of big housing developments where the homeowner associations act as a town, but for some reason have decided not to incorporate as a city, and they're included in this list as well.

As an aside, I think there's some official designation between things like "city", "town", "village", etc., but I don't know what they are. This list includes all of them.

Rain Man
03-08-2008, 10:08 PM
Oh, and a town can "un-incorporate" as well if it gets too small, and then it reverts back to just being rural country. That may be what happened to your nearby places.

SNR
03-08-2008, 10:16 PM
It's got nothing to do with having a post office. In most places, you have to be incorporated as a town, which means that you have a mayor/manager, budget, and other stuff, and that you're responsible for your own infrastructure.

I cheated a little bit on the list, though, because this is actually a list of "places". Places are defined by the Feds as places that are EITHER cities OR essentially serve the function of cities. There are a bunch of big housing developments where the homeowner associations act as a town, but for some reason have decided not to incorporate as a city, and they're included in this list as well.

As an aside, I think there's some official designation between things like "city", "town", "village", etc., but I don't know what they are. This list includes all of them.
I gotta say, I'm glad I'm not the only dork who finds this stuff interesting.

My aunt lives in Amidon, ND. It's a town of 24 people (or something like that) AND it's the country seat. It's one of those counties in western ND that is actually considered desert territory. She's served as the "mayor" for the better part of a decade, although she claims they just take turns every year.

SNR
03-08-2008, 10:17 PM
Oh, and a town can "un-incorporate" as well if it gets too small, and then it reverts back to just being rural country. That may be what happened to your nearby places.Ah, okay. If they do decide to re-incorporate themselves, be on the lookout for Merrifield, ND

banyon
03-08-2008, 10:27 PM
Worst real town names I have seen:

Frog Jump, TN
Rooster Poot, AR
Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA
Bald Knob, AR
Toad Suck, AR (anyone see a pattern here? Eh, NewChief? :D)
Disappointment, KY
Looneyville, TX
Spread Eagle, WI
Horneytown, NC
Muck City, AL
Yeehaw Junction, FL

cdcox
03-08-2008, 11:26 PM
As an aside, I think there's some official designation between things like "city", "town", "village", etc., but I don't know what they are. This list includes all of them.

In order to qualify as a village, you have to have a village idiot.

philfree
03-08-2008, 11:32 PM
In order to qualify as a village, you have to have a village idiot.


I guess that makes Chiefs Planet a Village then. We have village idiot's to spare. (You can include me in that group.)

PhilFree:arrow:

Baconeater
03-08-2008, 11:34 PM
In order to qualify as a village, you have to have a village idiot.

*raises hand*

blueballs
03-09-2008, 01:09 AM
it takes a village to raise a child
to bugger farm animals