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1960 Census: Supplementary Reports: Population of Cities of 25,000 or More: 1960


There were 676 cities of 25,000 inhabitants or more in the United States as of April 1, 1960. These cities had a combined population of 76.0 million, or 42 percent of the total population of 179.3 million persons enumerated in the 50 States and the District of Columbia in the 1960 Census of Population. In 1950, there were 481 cities of this size in the United States, with a combined population of' 62.0 million.

The total number of Americans living in cities of 25,000 or more increased by 23 percent between 1950 and 1960. However, one out of every five cities with 25,000 inhabitants or more in 1960 actually had fewer residents in 1960 than in 1950. Eight of the ten largest cities in 1960 had population losses over the decade. Only Los Angeles and Houston gained. As shown in the summary table below, losses were less frequent among the smaller cities than among the larger cities.

Included in the total of 676 are 19 which were incorporated as cities between 1950 and 1960. The largest of the newly incorporated cities is Norwalk, Calif., with a 1960 population of 88,739. Other newly incorporated places with 50,000 inhabitants or more are Garden Grove, Downey, and Lakewood, Calif.; Bloomington, Minn.; and Kettering, Ohio.

The statistics shown here are taken from Final Report PC(1)-1A, which contains additional summary information on the geographic distribution or the population.

The PDF to the right contains the 7-page report.


A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.


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