Los Angeles Cracks the Top Ten in the Twenties

I was surprised to find out that the Twenties was the decade when the West finally had a city large enough to be included in the Top Ten. Before the Twenties, the ten largest American cities by population were all located east of the Mississippi River. During the Twenties, Los Angeles broke into the top group with over half a million people. It made the Top Five in 1930.  Since then, as the population shifted westward, many more western cities have joined the ranks of America’s largest, starting with Houston and Dallas, but not until 1960 and 1970.  There were many reasons for the population shift to the south and west, but one of the most important was the invention of air-conditioning.

Los Angeles did not feel as crowded as most eastern cities because the houses and buildings were relatively spread out and there were few high rises. 

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