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The census information from www.census.gov/population/documentation/twps0027/tab02.txt shows NYC as 33,131 and the old 2 mile city Philadelphia as 28,522.—Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk)12:49, July 5, 2007 (UTC)
and greater Philidelphia was 4 square miles big and had 44,096 there was no greater new york area newyork had no suburbs adn only measured at best 2 miles big so rank NYC 2nd like it rightfully was
rank Philidelpih higher than Newyork city by including northern liberties and south wark "southern liberties" both of these towns were close to one mile big and also massachusetts had 51,202 people classified as urban in 1790 so mention that also —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 18:42, 2 September 2009 (UTC)
The sort of "Totals" is not a numberical sort but is done on the leading digit. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 15:33, 14 July 2012 (UTC)