The 50 most-populous cities in the U.S. are determined by using the most recent population estimates for urban areas as provided by the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Place data are collected for population from ACS 5-year estimates. With populations changing, two cities (Tulsa, OK and Wichita, KS) have been added to the original 50 most- populous cities included in earlier reports. Tulsa was added to the 2012 Benchmarking Report when New Orleans’ population dropped. Wichita was added to the 2014 Benchmarking Report when Honolulu’s population dropped. Though New Orleans and Honolulu are no longer within the 50 most-populous cities, they are included to provide consistency and to take advantage of the already collected data.
The year of each cities BFC application, if applicable, has been included in order to show the current relationship between the League and the cities within the scope of the Benchmarking Report.