NYC had a population of just over 5,000. See: Historical Statistics of U.S.
Colonial Times to 1970. Compare to Philadelphia #1 populated city in U.S.
Boston, NYC and Charleston had about 5,000 populations.
The U.S. population of the 13 colonies in 1776 was 2.5 million.
Google: Historical Statistics of U.S. Colonial Times to 1970.
There was no census in 1776. The closest census to 1776 was 1771, and New York's population then was 168,007.
The population of New York in 1776 when George Washington became President of the United States, was 25,000. New York lost many residences in 1776 due to a fire.
Battle of New York was in 1776
During the 1700's the major cities in the New York Colony were New York City, and Albany. By 1700, New York City was already growing rapidly with a population of 5,000. By 1776, the time of the Revolutionary War, the population burgeoned to nearly 25,000.
New york in 1776
There was over 2,000 British soldiers killed in the Battle of New York in July 1776.
New York, New York has a population of 8,363,710