Niagara Falls drops below 50,000 for first time since World War I

May 23, 2013 Updated May 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM EDT

By G. Scott Thomas, Projects Editor- Business First

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Niagara Falls drops below 50,000 for first time since World War I

May 23, 2013 Updated May 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM EDT

Niagara Falls has passed a population milestone, though in the wrong way.

The U.S. Census Bureau is reporting that the population of Niagara Falls has fallen below 50,000. The city had an estimated 49,722 residents as of last July, according to new figures released this morning.

Niagara Falls peaked at a population of 102,394 in 1960. Today's report marks the first time that the city has been below 50,000 since World War I.

Buffalo also continues to lose population, dropping from 261,179 in July 2010 to 259,384 in July 2012.

The Census Bureau issues annual population estimates for all cities, towns and villages across the country. Today's report is limited to the 729 major communities whose populations were above 50,000 at some point during the 2010-2012 span.

The database at the bottom of the page contains the new estimates for all 729 places. Use the tab to isolate a single state, or simply click Search to see the national standings from top to bottom.

You can re-sort the database by clicking any column header. A second click will reverse the sort.

Four Texas communities are among the five fastest-growing cities in America, according to the new Census Bureau figures.

Atop the national rankings is San Marcos, Texas, located 30 miles southwest of Austin. The population of San Marcos jumped 11.0 percent between July 2010 and July 2012, the sharpest increase for any U.S. community with at least 50,000 residents.

The runner-up is Cedar Park, Texas, which is 20 miles north of Austin. It posted a 10.6 percent increase during the two-year span.

Rounding out the top five are South Jordan, Utah (up 9.1 percent between 2010 and 2012), and two more Texas cities: Georgetown (up 9.0 percent) and Frisco (up 8.6 percent).