In the fast-growth lane, Austin has become accustomed to putting some of the nation’s biggest cities in its rearview mirror.
After passing San Francisco to become the nation’s 13th-largest city in 2011, Austin surged past Indianapolis and Jacksonville, Fla., to claim No. 11 in 2012, according to the latest census estimates.
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The 11 Most Populous Cities *
1. New York, 8,336,697
2. Los Angeles, 3,857,799
3. Chicago, 2,714,856
4. Houston, 2,160,821
5. Philadelphia, 1,547,607
6. Phoenix, 1,488,750
7. San Antonio, 1,382,951
8. San Diego, 1,338,348
9. Dallas, 1,241,162
10. San Jose, 982,765
11. Austin, 842,592
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
* 2012 population estimates