National Geographic : 1901 Sep
URBAN POPULATION OF tific staff will be cabin passengers, join ing the expedition at your own risk, and neither the owners nor the captain are to be responsible for any accident or misfortune which may happen to you. THE UNITED STATES 345 You will obtain from each member a letter to this effect. The instructions are signed by the presidents of the Royal Society and the Royal Geographical Society. URBAN POPULATION OF UNITED STATES* THE city population of the United States during the ten years ending with the last census in creased by nearly 37 per cent, in actual numbers 7,642,817, while the increase in the total population of the country during the same period was not quite 21 per cent. In 1900 there were 160 cities, 161 in cluding Honolulu, having a population of over 25,000. Of this number nine teen cities contained 200,000 inhabitants or more, nineteen cities had between ioo,ooo and 200,000 inhabitants, forty cities had between 50,ooo and ioo,ooo, and eighty-three had between 25,000 and 50,000. A recent bulletin of the Census Bureau, prepared under the di rection of William C. Hunt, gives some interesting facts and figures relative to growth of the city population 'in the United States. In 1890 there were 124 cities which had a population of 25,000 or more, but of these cities Brooklyn and Long Island City now form a part of New York city, showing a net gain of thirty-nine cities in 1900, as compared with 1890. Of the 124 cities in 1890, sixteen had 200, ooo inhabitants or more, twelve had be tween 1oo,ooo and 200,000 inhabitants, thirty had between 50,000 and 100o,000ooo inhabitants, and sixty-six had between 25,000 and 50,000. In 1880 there were but twenty cities which contained more than 100,000 in habitants, but in 1890 this number had increased to twenty-eight, and in 1900 to thirty-eight. In 1900 there were seventy-eight cities of 50,000 inhabitants or more, as com pared with fifty-eight in 1890 and thirty five in 1880. The nineteen cities of the first class comprise New York, which, with more than 3,000,000 inhabitants, properly stands by itself ; two cities, Chicago and Philadelphia, each of which has a popu lation in excess of a million; three cities, St. Louis, Boston, and Baltimore, which have a population of half a million each; five cities, Cleveland, Buffalo, San Fran cisco, Cincinnati, and Pittsburg, which have a population of between 300,000 and 400,000 each, and eight cities, New Orleans, Detroit, Milwaukee, Washing ton, Newark, Jersey City, Louisville, and Minneapolis, which have a popula tion of between 200,000 and 300,000 each. The following-named States and Ter ritories in 1900 do not contain any city with a population of 25,000 or more: Arizona, Idaho, Indian Territory, Mis sissippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming. Of the whole number of cities having 25,000 inhabitants or more in 1900, 70 are found in the North Atlantic division, 49 in the north central division, 18 in the south central division, 12 in the western division, i in the South Atlantic divis ion, and i in Hawaii. Massachusetts has the largest number of such cities, namely, 20, and is followed by Pennsyl vania with 18 and New York with 12. The most significant growth of cities * Census Bulletin No. 70.