Houston has maintained its ranking as the nation’s fourth-largest city, according to new figures released Tuesday by the US CENSUS BUREAU.
Houston’s population was 2,257,926 in 2009, according to the bureau’s latest round of estimates. That’s up from 1,972,727 in 2000, when the previous decennial census was conducted. Houston was then also the fourth-largest city in the country.
Results of the 2010 census, which was conducted in April, will not be released until early next year.
The new estimates cover 19,510 incorporated places across America, including all cities in Texas.
New York City, with an estimated 2009 population of 8.39 million, easily remains the largest city in America. It’s followed by Los Angeles (3.83 million), Chicago (2.85 million) and then, Houston. All hold the same ranks now as in 2000.
The only newcomer in the top 10 is San Jose, which was 11th in 2000. It now occupies 10th place on the list of America’s largest cities, supplanting Detroit, which has slipped to 11th place.
New York City registered the largest raw gain of any city between 2000 and 2009, increasing its population by 383,195 in nine years. The four runners-up are all in the Southwest: Houston (up 284,199 since 2000), Phoenix (up 279,149), San Antonio (up 213,752) and Fort Worth (up 184,237).
All figures in the new Census Bureau report are solely for cities, villages, and other incorporated places — and are not for metropolitan areas as a whole.