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Now Hear This: Peoria, Ariz., Is Bigger Than Peoria, Ill.

Posted by: Peter Coy on July 11, 2007

I just received a copy of a book called Boomburbs: The Rise of America’s Accidental Cities. It was from Boomburbs that I learned that Peoria, Ariz. (a typical boomburb) now has a larger population than Peoria, Ill. boomburbs.jpg

The biggest boomburb—Mesa, Ariz.—had a 2000 population of 396,375, making it bigger than Minneapolis, Miami, or St. Louis. Or consider this: North Las Vegas, Nev., a boomburb that most people are barely aware exists, has surpassed Salt Lake City in population.

Boomburbs get no respect. Just ask the folks in Anaheim, Calif., whose baseball team has been renamed the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim because the owners didn’t like the sound of the Anaheim Angels.

Here are some other names for boomburbs or closely related types of communities:

edge cities
edgeless cities
exit ramp economies
outer cities
suburban nucleations
stealth cities

Boomburbs is by Robert E. Lang and Jennifer B. LeFurgy. It’s published by Brookings Institution Press. I recommend it.



BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.

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