Associated Press – Arizona is grown rapidly, Census data shows

By The Associated Press

PHOENIX — Phoenix has elbowed out the City of Brotherly Love to become the fifth most populous city in the nation and one of six Arizona cities to make the top 100 list.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the desert city now has more than 1.5 million residents, edging out Philadelphia by more than 64,000 people.

And with more than 43,000 new residents between 2005 and 2006, The Census Bureau says Phoenix’s population increased more than any other city in the country.

New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago had the biggest populations. Phoenix is fifth behind Houston, which had 2.1 million people, or about 600,000 more than Phoenix.

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