Phoenix earned two national distinctions with U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Thursday: Fifth-largest city and fastest-growing city. Video by city of Phoenix.

Phoenix is now the fifth-largest city in the nation, and our friends in the City of Brotherly Love aren’t too happy, according to their social media posts. 

Phoenix took back the title from Philadelphia earlier this week after losing it in 2010.

Population estimates released on May 25 by the U.S. Census Bureau show that Phoenix passed Philadelphia in July 2016, putting the city’s total population at 1,615,017.

Phoenix added 88 people per day on average between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016, giving it the distinction of the fastest-growing city in the nation based on numeric increase.

But in Philly, emotions appear to be running hotter, like a cheese steak with peppers. The city has been around since 1682 and has the Liberty Bell, of course.

Folks on the East Coast may think this is all Phoenix has to offer:

This person thinks Phoenix isn’t urban enough to be considered an urban city:

Others think the comparison isn’t fair:

And a topical thought: Are these stats “fake news”?

Some in Philly weren’t defensive, just sad:

Based on the lack of memes, snarky comments and GIFs from Phoenix residents, it appears that we’re not too fazed by the news, or by our friends in Philly’s remarks.

A few people posted in our defense:

Even though there wasn’t much reaction from folks in the Valley on social media, our governor seemed to enjoy getting the new title:

U.S. Sen. John McCain was excited about it, too. 


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