- New York, New York (pop 8,008,278)
- Los Angeles, California (pop 3,694,820)
- Chicago, Illinois (pop 2,896,016)
- Houston, Texas (pop 1,953,631)
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (pop 1,517,550)
- Phoenix, Arizona (pop 1,321,045)
- San Diego, California (pop 1,223,400)
- Dallas, Texas (pop 1,188,580)
- San Antonio, Texas (pop 1,144,646)
- Detroit, Michigan (pop 951,270)
What I forget is how few cities in the US have over a million people. Indianapolis and Columbus appear in the list as 12 and 16, respectively, and although both are nice enough to visit, it's a bit difficult wrapping my brain around them ranking that high. Austin, of course, falls right below Columbus.
I suppose some enterprising soul has already checked these numbers against where weblog/LiveJournal/Diaryland/etc. maintainter type people say they live. Obviously, people I read make up a seriously skewed sample set, but a first pass would seem to confirm that "flyover country" is an accurate name for the vast majority of the country. Or I'm feeling snarky. Take your pick.
Along those lines, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul combined still only make up about how many people you could expect to find at Taste of Chicago on a good day, around half a million.
Well, give or take 150,000 or so; they're #47, at 382,618, and #63, at 287,151. Dammit, Jim, I'm a linguist, not a. . . math guy.
Not looking at racial breakdowns, because ignorance is bliss.