Suburbs predicted to soon exceed their core city



As a follow-up to last Monday’s post about those suburbs in the United States that have become larger than the original core city of the metropolitan area, here are my predictions for the next group of suburbs which could soon attain such a superior population status than their core city:

Suburb (2010 population) / Core City (2010 population)

  • Boca Raton, FL = 84,392 / West Palm Beach, FL  = 99,919
  • Bonita Springs, FL = 43,914 / Fort Myers, FL = 62,298
  • Calexico, CA = 38,572 / El Centro, CA = 42,598
  • Chesapeake, VA = 222,209 / Norfolk, VA = 242,803
  • Layton, UT = 67,311 / Ogden, UT = 82,825
  • Lacey, WA = 42,393 / Olympia, WA = 46,478
  • Olathe, KS = 125,872 / Kansas City, KS = 145,786
  • Pembroke Pines, FL = 154,750 / Fort Lauderdale, FL = 165,521
  • Rogers, AR = 55,964 / Fayetteville, AR = 73,580
  • Springdale, AR = 69,797 / Fayetteville, AR = 73,580
  • West Valley City, UT = 129,480 / Salt Lake City, UT = 186,440


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1 Response to Suburbs predicted to soon exceed their core city

  1. pdemos2011 says:

    While it is interesting that suburb pop exceeds original and core city pops, in the long run it will be the measures of sustainability and economic performance that counts. Which city will be able to operate more efficiently with more green decisions? Keep costs (overhead so to speak) low? Which will have a good balance between residential and employment? Which one produces more value – exports services, products and intellectual property? Which city is more enjoyable, safe, stable? And of course there is no reason not to look at the big picture. Is there a positive and symbiotic relationship between the core and burbs? Organized and planned relationships that produce a combined synergy of regional prosperity? Which city has less crime and political corruption and mismanagement that results in poor planning, wasteful decision making, and low return on investment? There is huge amount of information and guidance to improve city performance, all too often cities are missing the leadership to follow a good path towards prosperity. Leadership and governance quality is in shorter supply than the information to be successful.


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