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PHOENIX -- Despite a recent recession and a sub-par housing market, the metropolitan area of Phoenix continues to welcome growth.

According to Mike Sannucks of the Phoenix Business Journal, based on the latest Census numbers the city now ranks as the 13th largest metropolitan area in the country.

In April 2010, Phoenix had more than 4.19 million people living in its metropolitan area. Over two years later, that number has grown to 4.37 million people.

New York (19.1 million) and Los Angeles (13 million) take the cake unsurprisingly as the two largest cities in the country. As it stands now, Phoenix's population is comparable to that of Riverside (4.42 million) and Detroit (4.26 million).

Tucson (1 million) also made the country's top 100 populated cities list, coming in at No. 52.

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