Brooklyn Will Soon Pass Chicago as the Third Largest City in America
Brooklyn is on its way to passing Chicago to become the third largest city in America by population.
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The Big Apple is about to get a whole lot bigger, as the U.S. Census Bureau projects Brooklyn to beat out Chicago for third largest city in the U.S. by 2020. That's if people don't up and leave Brooklyn by the droves before the impending doom that is the L train shutdown.
Brooklyn, not at all a city but one of New York City's five boroughs, currently has 2.6 million residents, per the census. The borough has seen a five percent population increase since 2010 with over 130,000 residents. Though Brooklyn's population soared in five years, it's still not near the 2.74 million population high it reached in 1950, as Gothamistreported. Brooklyn is estimated to reach a 2.75 million population by 2020 passing the slow-growing Chicago.
As it stands currently, New York City is the largest in the U.S. with an estimated population of 8.6 million as of 2015, according to the Census Bureau. Los Angeles and Chicago follow with populations of 3.97 million and 2.72 million, respectively.
Chicago, home to Barack Obama and the first family, saw a little less than a one percent increase since 2010.
The last time Brooklyn had a larger population than Chicago was before 1890. As for New York City, its population has seen a 4.6 percent increase since 2010 when it had 8.2 million.
Sure overcrowding sucks, but at least the New York City subway is getting Wi-Fi right?