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Los Angeles Beats New York in Urban Density

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Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM
click to enlarge COREY MILLER SUN
  • Corey Miller Sun

Los Angeles is the densest metropolis in the nation, according to an analysis of the latest U.S. Census figures.

What's really important here is that we beat New York!

The U.S. Census today stated that the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim region has 7,000 people per square mile, beating out not only New York (No. 5) but ...

... San Francisco-Oakland (No. 2), San Jose (No. 3) and Delano, Calif. (No. 4).

Wow. California is dense. And we're not just talking about our celebrities. In fact, 7 of the top 10 densest regions in the nation were in California.

New York-Newark had 5,319 people per square mile.

But the New York metro region still beat L.A. in total population, with 18,351,295 residents versus our own 12,150,996. (Wonder if that would change if they included the Inland Empire and Ventura County?).

The western part of the United States, however, is the most urban region in America, with nearly 90 percent of us living in dense areas, according to the Census.

A Census statement says:

Of the 50 states, California was the most urban, with nearly 95 percent of its population residing within urban areas.

So who says only New York is a "real" city.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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