L.A. County’s 10 Million Population Bigger Than 43 States

The Census Bureau today released population estimates for the nation’s counties in 2013. John McCormick’s Bloomberg News story notes that the U.S. recorded the smallest population gain from natural causes in 35 years.

Some other nuggets from the data:

Los Angeles County’s population passed the 10 million mark in the year ended July 1, 2013. The southern California county, which takes in the nation’s second most-populous city and also includes Long Beach and Glendale, has more people than 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Los Angeles County’s estimated population of 10,017,068 is greater than the combined populations of the two next most-populous counties, Chicago-area Cook (5,240,700) and Houston-area Harris (4,336,853). Harris had the largest numeric increase of any county in the nation, adding 82,890 people.

Putting it another way, Los Angeles County’s population also is greater than the combined populations of six states holding consequential Senate elections in November.

The total population of South Dakota and West Virginia, where retiring Democrats probably will be replaced by Republicans, along with Alaska, Arkansas, Montana and New Hampshire, where Democratic senators face serious Republican challengers, is about 8.7 million.

Bexar County, in and around San Antonio, passed Wayne County, which includes Detroit, as the 18th most populous county, with 1,817,610 people. Of the 50 most populous counties, only Wayne and Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) lost population during the one-year period, the census data show.

Oakland County, Michigan, slipped ahead of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, as the 31st most populous county, with 1,231,640 people. Oakland includes Troy, Southfield and other suburbs of Detroit, and Allegheny takes in Pittsburgh.

North Carolina’s major metropolitan areas continue to grow. Mecklenberg County (Charlotte) had a July 2013 population of 990,977, moving it ahead of Fulton County (Atlanta) and Honolulu County in Hawaii. Wake County, which includes Raleigh and Cary and is part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, grew to 974,289 residents, pushing it ahead of Westchester County, just north of New York City, and Milwaukee County in Wisconsin.

Marion County in and around Indianapolis leapfrogged Bergen County in northern New Jersey and Erie County in and around Buffalo during the 12-month period, according to the population estimates. Click here for the data.

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