There was big news in the 2018 population estimates just released on metropolitan areas in the United States. For the first time all three of the largest metropolitan areas lost population. This unprecedented development includes New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. All of the other 12 top metropolitan areas in the nation increased their population, including Detroit, which has lost population in many years. Dallas-Fort Worth was the biggest gainer, adding 132,000 residents over the past year, to rise above 7.5 million for the first time. Phoenix and Houston gained between 90,000 and 100,000 residents, while Atlanta gained 76,000 (Figure 1). Detailed data is for all of the 106 metropolitan areas with more than 500,000 population is at the bottom of this article.
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