New Orleans — The Fastest-Growing City in 2008
- New to the list of the 25 most populous cities in 2008 was Denver, 24th with a population of 598,707. In addition, Dallas moved up to 8th place, San Francisco to 12th, Austin to 15th, Charlotte, N.C., to 18th and Boston to 22nd. Nashville-Davidson, Tenn. (a city-county consolidation) fell out of the top 25.
- Among the nine cities making both lists of the 25 largest numerical gainers and the 25 fastest-growing from 2007 to 2008, more than half were in either North Carolina (Raleigh, Charlotte and Cary) or Colorado (Denver and Aurora). Rounding out the list were Fort Worth, New Orleans, Atlanta and Gilbert.
- Seven of the largest numerical gainers were on the West Coast.
- McKinney, Texas, was the nation's fastest-growing city between April 1, 2000, and July 1, 2008, as its population more than doubled to 121,211. Gilbert, Ariz., was second, as its population climbed 88.7% to 216,449. North Las Vegas, Nev.; Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and Victorville, Calif., rounded out the top five. Seven of the top 25 were in California: Victorville, Elk Grove, Irvine, Roseville, Moreno Valley, Rancho Cucamonga and Bakersfield.
- New York City was the largest numerical gainer, adding 355,056 residents over the period. Houston, which added 268,041, was second, followed by Phoenix. Five other Texas cities made the top 25: San Antonio, Fort Worth, Austin, Dallas and McKinney.
- New Orleans experienced both the largest rate of loss and largest numerical decline during the period, as its population fell 35.7% (from 484,674 to 311,853). Flint, Mich., had the second greatest rate of loss (9.6%, from 124,943 to 112,900), followed by Cleveland; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Pittsburgh. Philadelphia ranked second in numerical decrease (from 1,517,550 to 1,447,395), followed by Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit.