Bloomberg by the Numbers: 85.4%

About 85.4 percent of the U.S. population in 2013 lived in a metropolitan area, according to the Census Bureau.

Of the nation’s 316.1 million residents, about 269.9 million lived in 381 metropolitan areas, according to Census estimates released yesterday and current to July 1, 2013.

A metropolitan area is defined as a core urban area of at least 50,000 people, plus adjacent counties that are linked to the core area through commuting patterns.

“Urban areas and closer-in suburbs still recorded faster growth than exurbs as workers avoided the economic risks associated with selling homes or looking for new jobs,” Bloomberg’s John McCormick reported.

The New York metropolitan area, with 19.9 million people, is the most populous in the nation, followed by Los Angeles at 13.1 million and Chicago at 9.5 million.

New York City’s population rose to 8,405,837 in July 2013, an increase of 61,440 people during the 12-month period and 230,704 since the 2010 census. Kings County, or Brooklyn, is the most populous of the city’s five boroughs, with 2,592,149 residents.

The chart above displays the population growth rates for New York City’s five boroughs between the April 2010 census and July 2013. Brooklyn increased its population by 3.4 percent, compared with 2.9 percent in Queens, 2.5 percent in Manhattan, 2.4 percent in the Bronx and 0.8 percent in Staten Island.

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