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Indianapolis falls to 13th in population among U.S. cities

Associated Press
May 24, 2013
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Indianapolis has slipped one spot among the nation's most populous cities, to No. 13.

The U.S. Census Bureau says new population estimates show Indianapolis slipped from No. 12 during the census year that ended July 1, 2012.

The population of Indiana's state capital stood at just under 835,000 on that date. The city actually grew by about 8,000 people from the previous year, but other cities grew more. Austin, Texas, moved from 13th to 11th, pushing Jacksonville, Fla., and Indianapolis each down a spot.

The top three largest cities remain New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, in that order. New York City boasts a population of more than 8 million.

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  • Bunch of Drunks
    Indy is not supposed to be hip or cool.It's in the midwest people grow up. The weather alone will prevent you all from ever having a cool city. I am sorry that you think the fact that there is a little show on NBC about you counts but it does not . That is just about a bunch of liberals trying to find a new place to sell drugs.HOw does that relate? You make locals in their city feel that they have the potential to be cool by putting rob lowe in a tv series. Then you make them feel uncool by bashing them with real statistics. Then they do stupid stuff like voting for overly corrupt democrats and letting the mob in and the city goes for drug sales and slums. Look at chicago. Keep trying to be "cool" indy instead of what you are supposed to be which is a steady yet boring midwestern city(you can't get around it) and you will end up the crime center of the midwest. Then what?
  • No Coincidence
    This is not surprising. Indianapolis and the rest of Indiana as a whole has almost never kept up with the national average. Ive been out of Indiana for 15 years and dont miss it. If Indianapolis wants to grow it must look to what other cities are doing to be more attractive: crime control, decent housing, investment into the city itself, more transportation options and other things that make it seem 'hip' and 'coo'l and a place where people want to be. Simply, Indy is a place to be. I expect Charlotte NC, Ft. Worth TX, and even Columbus OH to be bigger by the next Census in 2020.
  • Nope
    Indy is much more than just a town it is actually pretty large and is bigger than all but twelve other American cities. It has two pro sports teams and just recently held a Super Bowl and did a beast job with the Super Bowl village. It is a boss city and ranks is actually growing. It is a lively place to live with many downtown activities. It is a wonderful place, so don't go bashing a great place. Have u people even been to Indy? If so go again and pay better attention!
  • Why...
    Would a town want to be like the Balkans? Have you seen the civil war that took place there?...
  • Reap what u sew
    13th in population but 1st in white collar fraud, thanks to naive voters. Im surprised you people didnt let Mitch Daniels have your daughters too. Non-stop fraud stories since Daniels 2nd term started. Nobody wants to invest in an area so dumb
  • sometimes less is more
    My city lost population. My neighborhood lost population. I hope the trend continues. Urban/suburban/rural trends point to more affluent city centers, more Balkanized (economically) suburbs and a rural America of 'Great Camps' - retreats for the wealthy.
    • Not in Texas
      Funny....Texas doesn't even want to claim Austin as part of the state. It's a little bastion of hipsters trying to all be different, but end up being a homogenous cliche.They benefit greatly from Univ. of Texas. Do they have tech? Yes, but state business environment, business regs, and tax rates. If the liberals who control the city of Austin (not the state house) had their way it would be like every other over taxed, under business incentivised metropolis. Austin is nice, so is Indy. Both can be success stories, they are not mutually exclusive.
    • #12?
      Indy is more of a town than a city.
      • Austin is everything Indy dreams of
        Bill, Facebook and Apple Computer opened campuses in Austin in the last two years. Indy has ExactTarget and AngiesList. Your comment is laughable but hey, whatever makes you feel better. Indy is a wasteland and getting worse. You will never catch Austin. You're not even going the right direction.
      • The Population Is The Population
        Why do people constantly harp on this issue and act ignorant about what a city population measures? A city's population is the city's population. There is no argument or debate about it. If you want to measure the density of a city--measure it. If you want to measure the size of a metropolitan area, then measure the metropolitan population. City boundaries cover different sized areas--and they always have (though the disparity has probably increased since about 1900 or so when more cities began annexing their surrounding communities). For example, San Francisco only covers 49 square miles while Houston cover nearly 600 square miles. No one argues about the population rankings of either city even though they clearly cover extremely different sized areas. Indianapolis is the 13 largest city by population in the U.S. That is a fact. While the population of a metropolitan area may give you a better sense of how large a community is, as noted, even metro areas can vary widely in the size of geographic area they cover--so that is not a perfect comparison either.
        • Getting Real Numbers
          Going by the Marion County population only is of little use. 13th largest? No Way! To judge the real size of a metro area, the easy way is to look at the Arbitron rating list. Indianapolis hovers around 40th largest in the nation--sometimes more, sometimes less. Advertisers want to know exactly how large the population is before they buy radio advertising. Arbitron figured it out long ago. Indianapolis is estimated at 1,427,500. The real #13 is Seattle-Tacoma with a metro population of 3,470,400. So, the population of just Marion County is completely irrelevant to anything useful as far as metro area planning.
          • Wonder
            I wonder what demographic was mainly responsible for Austin's increase? College graduates?? I doubt it.
            • No kidding
              This shouldn't come as a shock to many. Austin is a great city, and Indy needs to take some notes. Austin invests in decent transit options, has a highly educated workforce, embraces a creative class, and --despite being the state capital-- is not micromanaged by rural and suburban legislators. Want Indy to grow? Invest in the city (i.e. spend money). Raise taxes a bit, and use the money to improve education. And keep the state legislature out of Indy the other 9 months of the year.

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