World’s Top 15 Megacities–Growing and Growing

September 17, 2014

I am a third generation Arizonian. When I was born in Tucson in 1961, the population of Phoenix was 440,000. Today there are over 4.3 million in metro Phoenix making us the 13th largest metropolitan area in the US (see Top 13 areas below). Growth is expected to continue like crazy and by 2050, we should have over 7,000,000 people (see projections below). BUT that is NOTHING compared to the world’s top Megacities. Check out the graph at the bottom. Megacities are citites of over 10 million people (the US only has two—NYC and LA). The smallest of these is 12 million people…Phoenix will not get there for another 50 years. Crazy big.
 

Enjoy the stats and graphs.

Craig
602.954.3762
ccoppola@leearizona.com


Population Projections of Maricopa County

2000 to 2050

Population 10-Year Change
2000: 2,954,832
2010: 3,710,756
2020: 4,516,806
2030: 5,391,875
2040: 6,296,905
2050: 7,265,969

Source: Arizona Department of Economic Security.

Top Metropolitan Areas

The largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. ranked by population:
Updated: March 2013

Rank Population 2012 Population 2011 Annual Change Percentage Change Metro Area                                                   
1 19,831,858 19,729,930 101,928 0.5 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
2 13,052,921 12,945,140 107,781 0.8 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
3 9,522,434 9,495,719 26,715 0.3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
4 6,700,991 6,569,112 131,879 2.0 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
5 6,177,035 6,051,850 125,185 2.1 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
6 6,018,800 5,997,474 21,326 0.4 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
7 5,860,342 5,771,213 89,129 1.5 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
8 5,762,717 5,687,908 74,809 1.3 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
9 5,457,831 5,374,678 83,153 1.5 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA
10 4,640,802 4,603,344 37,458 0.8 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
11 4,455,560 4,396,918 58,642 1.3 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
12 4,350,096 4,301,841 48,255 1.1 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
13 4,329,534 4,252,078 77,456 1.8 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Source: U.S. Bureau of Census (March 2013)

 

megacities

Source: http://www.statista.com/chart/1826/population-growth-in-the-worlds-megacities/

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