Geography

How big is a city?

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According to the Census Bureau, a city must be at least 4 square miles in area, have a minimum population density of 1,000 people per square mile, and an assessed property valuation of $2,500 per capita. The minimum population requirement for exisisting cities is 5,000, for new cities it is 25,000.

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While a city is generally larger than a town, the size is not what defines it as a city. A city is a more densely populated area with a well defined infrastructure of government, public utilities, transportation and education.

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