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True or False? Brooklyn is the 4th Largest City in US, in Terms of Population?


Question: True or False? Brooklyn is the 4th Largest City in US, in Terms of Population?
One often hears that Brooklyn would be the 4th largest city in the United States, if it were an independent city. Is this still true?

True: Brooklyn, NY, if Independent Would Be 4th Largest City in the United States

In population terms, Brooklyn, NY would be the 4th largest city in the United States were it an independent municipality. But Brooklyn, NY isn't of course, an independent city. It has been a borough of New York City for over a century — and is likely to remain so! What is the population of Brooklyn?

Comparing the Population of Brooklyn, NY to Other US Cities

In population terms, Brooklyn is bigger than Philadelphia and Houston, and only slightly smaller than Chicago.

Brooklyn, NY is bigger in population terms than San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle combined.

The population of Denver is one quarter of the population of Brooklyn, NY.

25 Largest US Cities by Population -- Plus Brooklyn, NY

New York City (even without Brooklyn) is the largest city in the US, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago.

Here's an alphabetical listing of the 25 largest cities in the US — with Brooklyn, NY added as the hypothetical twenty-sixth.

Bold indicates the 4 largest cities (including the non-city of Brooklyn.)

(population in 1,000s)
  • Austin, TX 791
  • Baltimore, MD 637
  • Boston, MA 645
  • BROOKLYN, NY 2,600* (#4)
  • Charlotte, NC 704
  • Chicago 2,851 (#3)
  • Columbus, OH 773
  • Dallas, TX 1,300
  • Denver, CO 610
  • Detroit, MI 911
  • El Paso, TX 620
  • Fort Worth, TX 732
  • Houston, TX 2,261
  • Indianapolis 808
  • Jacksonville 814
  • Los Angeles 3,832 (#2)
  • Memphis 677
  • Nashville/Davidson 605
  • New York, NY 8,392 (#1)(WITHOUT BROOKLYN WOULD BE ABOUT 5.7 million)
  • Philadelphia 1,547
  • Phoenix, 1,594
  • San Antonio 1,374
  • San Diego 1,306
  • San Francisco 815
  • San Jose, CA 965
  • Seattle, WA 617

(Source: Statistical Abstract 2012, retrieved October 2011 from http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/population.html)

* A dispute erupted in 2011 over the 2010 US Census statistics on Brooklyn, New York's population, regarding whether it is 2.5 million or 2.6 million. Read more

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