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1970 Census - Population of Urbanized Areas Established Since the 1970 Census, for the United States


This report presents population and land area data for 27 urbanized areas (UAs) designated by the Bureau of the Census in 1974. These new UAs represent additions to the 248 urbanized areas listed in the 1970 census publications. They result from a revision in the criteria for determining the cities for which UAs are defined. However, there has been no revision in the criteria for determining the boundaries of UAs. The same criteria used to delimit the boundaries of the 248 previously defined UAs have been used to determine the boundaries of the 27 new areas. It should also be noted that the delineation of the additional UAs has not affected the boundaries of any of the already existing UAs.

Table 1: 1970 populations and land areas of the 27 new UAs.

Table 2: 1970 populations, land areas, and population densities of the 275 UAs now recognized.

Table 3: 275 UAs arranged in descending rank order according to 1970 population.

Table 4: Recomposition of the urban population effected by the application of the revised UA criteria.

Table 5: Composition of the 1970 urban population of the United States by region, division, and state.


A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.

Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021
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