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Phoenix is now the 5th largest city in the U.S., census says

Phoenix has officially edged out Philadelphia to the fifth largest city in the U.S.

The total population of the city is 1,615,017, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday. The new population count in the city to surpass Philadelphia, the closest population rival, for the first time since the fall behind in 2010.

Phoenix is also the fastest growing city in the country, according to the Census Bureau. The city added an average of 88 people per day from July to July 2015 and 2016.

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“It is a positive thing, people are voting with their feet and coming to Phoenix,” Mayor Greg Stanton told AZ Central.

But Phoenix is not the only expansion of the area in the state. Maricopa County has the highest annual population growth rate between counties in the U.S., according to the latest census statistics.

Overall, New York has the highest population among all cities in the USA with 8,537,673. Los Angeles is the second (3,976,322), Chicago is the third (2,704,958), and Houston is fourth (2,303,482).

Phoenix beat Philly (1,567,872) with less than 100,000 people.

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