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1970 United States Census

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Nineteenth Census
of the United States
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General information
CountryUnited States
Date takenApril 1, 1970
Total population203,392,031
Percent changeIncrease 13.4%
Most populous stateCalifornia
Least populous stateAlaska

The Nineteenth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 203,392,031, an increase of 13.4 percent over the 179,323,175 persons enumerated during the 1960 Census. This is also the first census that ranked California ahead of New York in population as California became the most populous state in November 1962.

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This video is about why Americans are moving to the Sun Belt in huge numbers and why this has been the case since right after World War II. I am making this alongside Grant Hurst, who has a video about why Americans have been leaving the Rust Belt in huge numbers. Where do you think most of them are ending up? That’s right, you bloody genius. In the Sun Belt. Extra credit for you. But be sure to check out Grant’s video after watching this one, and while you’re over there, you had best subscribe to his terrific channel. So anyway, yeah, Americans are moving South. In huge numbers. Between July 2015 and July 2016, Harris County in Texas, where Houston is located, grew an average of 155 people per day. Maricopa County in Arizona, where Phoenix is located, grew an average of 223 people per day during that same time period. 11 of the 15 fastest growing major cities in the United States are in the region known as the Sun Belt. The Sun Belt generally stretches across the entire Southern portion of the United States, including the states of Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California. It’s definitely an arbitrary definition. Some geographers label the Sun Belt any part of the United States south of the 36th parallel. With that definition, you would add the states of Oklahoma, Tennessee, and North Carolina to the region, and the map would look like this. The Sun Belt is currently known for it’s mild winters, the tourism associated with those mild winters, growing economic opportunities, and its, uh, SUN. As in it’s always sunny. It’s not always sunny in Philadelphia. It’s always sunny in Phoenix. Political analyst Kevin Phillips first popularized the term “Sun Belt” in 1969 in his book The Emerging Republican Majority, and the term continues to stick around. However, as I said before, Americans had been flocking to the South since right after World War II. But why, Mr.Beat? WHY?!? First, let’s just get the obvious reason out the way. Many Americans, especially retiring Americans, just wanted to settle down in a warmer climate. Winters in the Midwest and Northeast can be brutal. So why did they wait until after World War II? Well, this was around the time home air conditioning units became affordable. Sure, winters in the South can be heaven, but the summers can also be relentless, but after air conditioners became widespread, it was much easier to deal with those 115 degree afternoons in Arizona. So retirees were flocking down there, but what about those looking for work? After World War II, there seemed to be plenty of jobs waiting for Americans down in the South. The federal government spent most of its Cold War money on the defense and aerospace industries of the South, where everything was cheaper compared to the North. Workers could even be paid less, in part due to there being less labor unions in the South. The Sun Belt also received much more money than the north from the federal government in terms of military and aerospace spending. Oil boomed in Texas. Tourism obviously boomed pretty much everywhere in the Sun Belt. The creation of the interstate highway system in the 1950s opened up once isolated southern regions to the rest of the country. Southern governments offered incentives for businesses to move there. Part of the region’s economic growth came from introducing new farming technologies in arid areas. Speaking of arid, yeah, much of the Sun Belt is pretty dry. "Not as dry as you, Mr. Beat." Alright, quiet you. Irrigation from redirecting water can only last for so long, so this remains a serious challenge in the future for the American Southwest in particular. Oh, and I forgot to mention, the cost of living was much cheaper in many areas of the Sun Belt. By the 1970s, the Sun Belt was growing at a ridiculously high rate. In that decade alone, Phoenix grew by 55 percent. And while there have been the occasional, temporary setbacks ever since, this trend has not slowed down. Today, the Sun Belt states are where most of the growth occurs. In 2020, expect those states to be gaining electoral votes. In 1970, Phoenix was the 20th largest city in the country. Today, it’s the fifth. Impressive, Phoenix. But while the Sun Belt states keep growing, 8 states actually lost population between 2015 and 2016. Most of these states are part of the Rust Belt, a region of the country from the Great Lakes to the upper Midwest associated with declining industry. To find out why so many Americans continue to flee the Rust Belt, check out Grant Hurst’s video on the topic. And again, please subscribe to his tubular channel while you are over there. Thanks for watching, thanks to my Patreon supporters you see here, and next week there will be the glorious return of Supreme Court Briefs.


Data availability

Microdata from the 1970 census are freely available through the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series. Aggregate data for small areas, together with electronic boundary files, can be downloaded from the National Historical Geographic Information System. These data were originally created and disseminated by DUALabs. Personally identifiable information will be available in 2042.[1]

State rankings

Rank State Population
1 California 19,953,134
2 New York 18,241,266
3 Pennsylvania 11,793,909
4 Texas 11,196,730
5 Illinois 11,113,976
6 Ohio 10,652,017
7 Michigan 8,875,083
8 New Jersey 7,168,164
9 Florida 6,789,443
10 Massachusetts 5,689,170
11 Indiana 5,193,669
12 North Carolina 5,082,059
13 Missouri 4,677,399
14 Virginia 4,648,494
15 Georgia 4,589,575
16 Wisconsin 4,417,933
17 Tennessee 3,924,164
18 Maryland 3,922,399
19 Minnesota 3,805,069
20 Louisiana 3,643,180
21 Alabama 3,444,165
22 Washington 3,409,169
23 Kentucky 3,219,311
24 Connecticut 3,032,217
25 Iowa 2,825,041
26 South Carolina 2,590,516
27 Oklahoma 2,559,253
28 Kansas 2,249,071
29 Mississippi 2,216,912
30 Colorado 2,207,259
31 Oregon 2,091,385
32 Arkansas 1,923,295
33 Arizona 1,772,482
34 West Virginia 1,744,237
35 Nebraska 1,483,791
36 Utah 1,059,273
37 New Mexico 1,016,000
38 Maine 993,663
39 Rhode Island 949,723
40 Hawaii 769,913
x District of Columbia 756,510
41 New Hampshire 737,681
42 Idaho 713,008
43 Montana 694,409
44 South Dakota 666,257
45 North Dakota 617,761
46 Delaware 548,104
47 Nevada 488,738
48 Vermont 444,732
49 Wyoming 332,416
50 Alaska 302,173

City rankings

Rank City State Population[2] Region (2016)[3]
01 New York New York 7,894,862 Northeast
02 Chicago Illinois 3,366,957 Midwest
03 Los Angeles California 2,816,061 West
04 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1,948,609 Northeast
05 Detroit Michigan 1,511,482 Midwest
06 Houston Texas 1,232,802 South
07 Baltimore Maryland 905,759 South
08 Dallas Texas 844,401 South
09 Washington District of Columbia 756,510 South
10 Cleveland Ohio 750,903 Midwest
11 Indianapolis Indiana 744,624 Midwest
12 Milwaukee Wisconsin 717,099 Midwest
13 San Francisco California 715,674 West
14 San Diego California 696,769 West
15 San Antonio Texas 654,153 South
16 Boston Massachusetts 641,071 Northeast
17 Memphis Tennessee 623,530 South
18 St. Louis Missouri 622,236 Midwest
19 New Orleans Louisiana 593,471 South
20 Phoenix Arizona 581,562 West
21 Columbus Ohio 539,677 Midwest
22 Seattle Washington 530,831 West
23 Jacksonville Florida 528,865 South
24 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 520,117 Northeast
25 Denver Colorado 514,678 West
26 Kansas City Missouri 507,087 Midwest
27 Atlanta Georgia 496,973 South
28 Buffalo New York 462,768 Northeast
29 Cincinnati Ohio 452,524 Midwest
30 Nashville-Davidson Tennessee 448,003 South
31 San Jose California 445,779 West
32 Minneapolis Minnesota 434,400 Midwest
33 Fort Worth Texas 393,476 South
34 Toledo Ohio 383,818 Midwest
35 Portland Oregon 382,619 West
36 Newark New Jersey 382,417 Northeast
37 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 366,481 South
38 Oakland California 361,561 West
39 Louisville Kentucky 361,472 South
40 Long Beach California 358,633 West
41 Omaha Nebraska 347,328 Midwest
42 Miami Florida 334,859 South
43 Tulsa Oklahoma 331,638 South
44 Honolulu Hawaii 324,871 West
45 El Paso Texas 322,261 South
46 Saint Paul Minnesota 309,980 Midwest
47 Norfolk Virginia 307,951 South
48 Birmingham Alabama 300,910 South
49 Rochester New York 296,233 Northeast
50 Tampa Florida 277,767 South
51 Wichita Kansas 276,554 Midwest
52 Akron Ohio 275,425 Midwest
53 Tucson Arizona 262,933 West
54 Jersey City New Jersey 260,545 Northeast
55 Sacramento California 254,413 West
56 Austin Texas 251,808 South
57 Richmond Virginia 249,621 South
58 Albuquerque New Mexico 243,751 West
59 Dayton Ohio 243,601 Midwest
60 Charlotte North Carolina 241,178 South
61 St. Petersburg Florida 216,232 South
62 Corpus Christi Texas 204,525 South
63 Yonkers New York 204,297 Northeast
64 Des Moines Iowa 200,587 Midwest
65 Grand Rapids Michigan 197,649 Midwest
66 Syracuse New York 197,208 Northeast
67 Flint Michigan 193,317 Midwest
68 Mobile Alabama 190,026 South
69 Shreveport Louisiana 182,064 South
70 Warren Michigan 179,260 Midwest
71 Providence Rhode Island 179,213 Northeast
72 Fort Wayne Indiana 177,671 Midwest
73 Worcester Massachusetts 176,572 Northeast
74 Salt Lake City Utah 175,885 West
75 Gary Indiana 175,415 Midwest
76 Knoxville Tennessee 174,587 South
77 Arlington Virginia 174,284 South
78 Madison Wisconsin 173,258 Midwest
79 Virginia Beach Virginia 172,106 South
80 Spokane Washington 170,516 West
81 Kansas City Kansas 168,213 Midwest
82 Anaheim California 166,701 West
83 Fresno California 165,972 West
84 Baton Rouge Louisiana 165,963 South
85 Springfield Massachusetts 163,905 Northeast
86 Hartford Connecticut 158,017 Northeast
87 Santa Ana California 156,601 West
88 Bridgeport Connecticut 156,542 Northeast
89 Tacoma Washington 154,581 West
90 Columbus Georgia 154,168 South
91 Jackson Mississippi 153,968 South
92 Lincoln Nebraska 149,518 Midwest
93 Lubbock Texas 149,101 South
94 Rockford Illinois 147,370 Midwest
95 Paterson New Jersey 144,824 Northeast
96 Greensboro North Carolina 144,076 South
97 Riverside California 140,089 West
98 Youngstown Ohio 139,788 Midwest
99 Fort Lauderdale Florida 139,590 South
100 Evansville Indiana 138,764 Midwest


California took over as the most populous state, New York had previously been ranked number one. While the entire country increased to more than 204 million persons, four states lost population with West Virginia leading the list, down 8 and a half percent from 1960.[4]


  1. ^ PIO, US Census Bureau, Census History Staff,. "The "72-Year Rule" - History - U.S. Census Bureau". Archived from the original on October 4, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Population of the 100 Largest Cities and Other Urban Places in the United States: 1790 to 1990, U.S. Census Bureau, 1998, archived from the original on September 2, 2017
  3. ^ "Regions and Divisions". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on December 3, 2016. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "1970 Year in Review,". Accessed April 8, 2009. Archived May 4, 2009.

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