2015 City Population Census Data Table

The Census Bureau publishes population estimates for cities and local jurisdictions. The following table lists population data for cities and towns with populations exceeding 50,000. Estimates are current as of July 1 of each year.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau

Data notes

The Census Bureau computes city population estimates by applying a distributive housing unit method to county-level household populations. Numbers of housing units in cities were estimated using building permits, mobile home shipments and calculations of housing unit loss. The Census Bureau does not collect vital statistics at the subcounty level as those figures are instead distributed down from counties.

One of the limitations of the Census methodology is that it generally doesn’t incorporate housing conversions from commercial to residential units or vice versa because most states don’t report this data to the Census Bureau. Read the methodology