Since many of us are always interested in comparing the sizes of our cities and metro areas with others, I wanted to re-post a graph that I found on Peakbagger.com showing the relative rankings of each of America’s largest metros since the 1700s.
This graph shows the ranking in population from highest (top) to lowest (bottom) from 1790 through 2000. The position of each city can be determined by following the line across the graph from left or right.
Graph showing historical US metro populations, 1790-2000 (Source: Peakbagger.com)
This graph has some not so surprising information – like New York being in the #1 spot almost all the way across, except for the the end of the 1700s when Philadelphia was larger. Other items are more interesting.
The rise and fall of Albany NY (Alb) between 1790 and 1900.
Charleston starts out as the 4th largest city in 1790, but drops from the chart by 1850.
Atlanta isn’t on the chart at all until 1970, then rises steeply to 12th place by 2000.
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