City Gains Nearly 70,000 Residents

June 30, 2012 Updated: June 30, 2012

NEW YORK—New York City had the highest increase in population of any city in the United States in the 15 months from April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011, according to the Census Bureau.

According to the bureau, 69,777 people moved to New York City during that period, bringing the total population last July to more than 8.24 million. Los Angeles, the nation’s second-biggest city, has more than 3.81 million residents.

New York City was not, however, among the 15 fastest-growing large cities. All of the 15 cities had a population, despite the high growth, under 1 million.

“New York metro gained 0.6 percent, but, digging deeper, New York City’s gain of 0.9 means the city is now growing faster than its surrounding region,” Andrew A. Beveridge, a sociologist at Queens College of the City University of New York who analyzed census data, told the New York Times.

New Orleans was the nation’s fastest-growing city—the population increased 4.9 percent to 360,740.

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