US City Populations 2019

The United States Census designates populated regions of the country as 'incorporated places.' An incorporated place in the United States includes cities, towns, villages and municipalities, among other designations. As of 2015, there are over 300 incorporated places in the United States that have a population that exceeds 100,000, which is a pretty sizable increase over the 285 recorded in 2012.

According to data from the US Census Bureau, a total of 10 US cities have a population that has surpassed the 1 million milestone. Of these 10 cities, California and Texas account for 60%, with each being home to three cities each that have a population of over 1 million. Texas also has the distinction of having the most fastest-growing cities with a total of six out of the top 13. Also, half of the top ten cities with the largest population gains were located in Texas, although the city that gained the most new residents throughout 2013 and 2014 was New York City, which is also the most populous in the country.

The United States has a population that is spread throughout its largest metropolitan areas, including New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as its suburban areas found in less populated states. After the economic collapse and high unemployment numbers, the population of US cities of all sizes is expected to noticeably bounce back as the economy has become more stabilized. Foreign immigration is also expected to contribute to future growth of cities of all sizes, including the largest cities in the country.

The United States, home to a population of over 300 million people, has many large cities with populations in excess of a million. The largest city in the US is New York City, with over 8.5 million residents. Los Angeles and Chicago follow, each with more than 2.5 million residents, and southern US cities Houston and Phoenix round out the top five with populations of almost 2.3 million and 1.6 million, respectively.

Aside from Houston, a number of other cities in Texas are highly populous. Dallas and San Antonio each have populations of more than a million, while Fort Worth, Austin, and El Paso each have well over 500,000 residents. Fort Worth also had the highest growth rate of the cities in Texas at 2.34%.

Irvine, California grew faster than any other US city, at a rate of 3.87%, while St. Louis, Missouri had the lowest growth rate at -1.11%. Tulsa, Oklahoma is the only city to have a growth rate of -0.00%. While the population of the major cities is always growing, a number of cities not associated with any major urban areas have also grown, such as Henderson, Nevada (2.76%), Scottsdale, Arizona (2.75%), and Durham, North Carolina (2.09%).

Population density is a key aspect of analysing data on cities, and it plays an important part in issues such as transport, infrastructure and living standards for residents. Some people prefer smaller, less crowded cities with open spaces, while others would rather have the hustle and bustle of big city life.

Anchorage, Alaska has by far the lowest population density in the US at 67/km². However, given the climate and location, it's not necessarily an easy city to live in. Other cities with low population densities include Chesapeake, Virginia (274/km²), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (332/km²), and Jacksonville, Florida (462/km²). Not surprisingly, cities with the highest population density include San Francisco at 7,242/km², Jersey City at 6,901/km², and Boston at 5,434/km².

Rank Name State 2019 Population 2016 Population 2010 Census Change 2019 Density
1New YorkNew York8,601,1868,537,6738,175,1330.25%11,056/km²
2Los AngelesCalifornia4,057,8413,976,3223,792,6210.67%3,343/km²
3ChicagoIllinois2,679,0442,704,9582,695,598-0.32%4,550/km²
4HoustonTexas2,359,4802,303,4822,099,4510.80%1,431/km²
5PhoenixArizona1,711,3561,615,0171,445,6321.91%1,276/km²
6PhiladelphiaPennsylvania1,576,5961,567,8721,526,0060.18%4,537/km²
7San AntonioTexas1,565,9291,492,5101,327,4071.59%1,312/km²
8San DiegoCalifornia1,453,7751,406,6301,307,4021.09%1,728/km²
9DallasTexas1,379,7351,317,9291,197,8161.52%1,567/km²
10San JoseCalifornia1,033,5191,025,350945,9420.26%2,248/km²
11AustinTexas1,001,104947,890790,3901.80%1,205/km²
12JacksonvilleFlorida920,984880,619821,7841.48%476/km²
14Fort WorthTexas913,939854,113741,2062.23%1,023/km²
13San FranciscoCalifornia897,536870,887805,2351.00%7,388/km²
15ColumbusOhio890,228860,090787,0331.14%1,572/km²
17CharlotteNorth Carolina889,019842,051731,4241.79%1,121/km²
16IndianapolisIndiana863,771855,164820,4450.33%923/km²
18SeattleWashington766,893704,352608,6602.79%3,532/km²
19DenverColorado732,144693,060600,1581.81%1,844/km²
20Washington DcDistrict Of Columbia713,549681,170601,7231.54%4,506/km²
21El PasoTexas696,610683,080649,1210.65%1,045/km²
22BostonMassachusetts694,784673,184617,5941.05%5,549/km²
24NashvilleTennessee679,318660,388601,2220.94%551/km²
26PortlandOregon667,589639,863583,7761.40%1,931/km²
28Las VegasNevada664,304632,912583,7561.60%1,903/km²
23DetroitMichigan662,172672,795713,777-0.53%1,843/km²
27Oklahoma CityOklahoma661,614638,367579,9991.19%421/km²
25MemphisTennessee647,506652,717646,889-0.27%788/km²
29LouisvilleKentucky620,800616,261597,3370.24%909/km²
30BaltimoreMaryland594,450614,664620,961-1.12%2,836/km²
31MilwaukeeWisconsin581,949595,047594,833-0.74%2,336/km²
32AlbuquerqueNew Mexico564,764559,277545,8520.32%1,165/km²
33TucsonArizona537,501530,706520,1160.42%876/km²
34FresnoCalifornia532,703522,053494,6650.67%1,811/km²
35SacramentoCalifornia513,330495,234466,4881.19%2,030/km²
36MesaArizona503,619484,587439,0411.28%1,409/km²
38AtlantaGeorgia501,178472,522420,0031.94%1,450/km²
37Kansas CityMissouri501,094481,420459,7871.33%614/km²
39Colorado SpringsColorado493,799465,101416,4271.98%979/km²
42MiamiFlorida491,724453,579399,4572.65%5,276/km²
41RaleighNorth Carolina485,679458,880403,8921.87%1,293/km²
40Long BeachCalifornia466,203470,130462,257-0.28%3,578/km²
43Virginia BeachVirginia454,846452,602437,9940.16%718/km²
44OmahaNebraska452,061446,970408,9580.38%1,267/km²
45OaklandCalifornia426,410420,005390,7240.50%2,945/km²
46MinneapolisMinnesota424,256413,651382,5780.84%3,033/km²
48ArlingtonTexas405,486392,772365,4381.06%1,634/km²
51TampaFlorida403,178377,165335,7092.20%1,373/km²
47TulsaOklahoma403,045403,090391,906-0.00%788/km²
49New OrleansLouisiana396,766391,495343,8290.44%904/km²
50WichitaKansas392,428389,902382,3680.22%943/km²
53BakersfieldCalifornia388,092376,380347,4831.02%1,001/km²
52ClevelandOhio379,800385,809396,815-0.52%1,887/km²
54AuroraColorado371,922361,710325,0780.92%935/km²
55AnaheimCalifornia356,308351,043336,2650.49%2,756/km²
56HonoluluHawaii351,024351,792337,256-0.07%2,238/km²
58RiversideCalifornia335,048324,722303,8711.04%1,592/km²
57Santa AnaCalifornia334,811334,217324,5280.06%4,762/km²
60Lexington FayetteKentucky329,495318,449295,8031.13%449/km²
59Corpus ChristiTexas329,408325,733305,2150.37%729/km²
65HendersonNevada317,248292,969257,7292.62%1,170/km²
61StocktonCalifornia314,584307,072291,7070.80%1,969/km²
63St. PaulMinnesota311,008302,398285,0680.93%2,310/km²
64PittsburghPennsylvania302,908303,625305,704-0.08%2,112/km²
62St. LouisMissouri300,991311,404319,294-1.14%1,876/km²
66CincinnatiOhio299,238298,800296,9430.05%1,483/km²
67AnchorageAlaska297,832298,192291,826-0.04%67/km²
71OrlandoFlorida297,243277,173238,3002.30%1,091/km²
74IrvineCalifornia297,019266,122212,3753.59%1,749/km²
68PlanoTexas294,478286,057259,8410.96%1,586/km²
69GreensboroNorth Carolina292,265287,027269,6660.60%878/km²
70LincolnNebraska291,623280,364258,3791.30%1,212/km²
72NewarkNew Jersey283,756281,764277,1400.23%4,538/km²
76DurhamNorth Carolina279,501263,016228,3302.01%978/km²
73ToledoOhio275,004278,508287,208-0.42%1,316/km²
78St. PetersburgFlorida273,968260,999244,7691.60%1,712/km²
75Chula VistaCalifornia273,565267,172243,9160.79%2,128/km²
77Fort WayneIndiana269,534264,488253,6910.63%941/km²
84ScottsdaleArizona266,961246,645217,3852.60%560/km²
79Jersey CityNew Jersey265,004264,152247,5970.11%6,916/km²
80LaredoTexas264,473257,156236,0910.93%981/km²
81MadisonWisconsin264,365252,551233,2091.51%1,325/km²
82LubbockTexas264,029252,506229,5731.48%798/km²
86RenoNevada259,019245,255225,2211.80%920/km²
85ChandlerArizona258,421247,477236,1231.43%1,536/km²
87GlendaleArizona253,956245,895226,7211.07%1,648/km²
83BuffaloNew York252,555256,902261,310-0.57%2,415/km²
90North Las VegasNevada252,169238,702216,9611.81%993/km²
91GilbertArizona251,335237,133208,4531.92%1,427/km²
89Winston SalemNorth Carolina247,222242,203229,6170.68%720/km²
93ChesapeakeVirginia245,467237,940222,2091.03%280/km²
92IrvingTexas245,165238,289216,2900.94%1,412/km²
88NorfolkVirginia242,070245,115242,803-0.42%1,754/km²
95FremontCalifornia238,281233,136214,0890.72%1,188/km²
94HialeahFlorida234,428236,387224,669-0.28%4,215/km²
98RichmondVirginia233,796223,170204,2141.54%1,507/km²
99Boise CityIdaho231,773223,154205,6711.26%1,092/km²
96GarlandTexas231,160234,943226,876-0.54%1,565/km²
97Baton RougeLouisiana225,900227,715229,493-0.27%1,015/km²
100SpokaneWashington224,652215,973208,9161.30%1,261/km²
103TacomaWashington222,128211,277198,3971.66%1,725/km²
104ModestoCalifornia218,436212,175201,1650.96%1,963/km²
101San BernardinoCalifornia218,306216,239209,9240.32%1,370/km²
105FontanaCalifornia217,981209,665196,0691.29%1,956/km²
102Des MoinesIowa217,446215,472203,4330.30%949/km²
107OxnardCalifornia211,926207,906197,8990.64%3,022/km²
109Moreno ValleyCalifornia211,682205,499193,3650.98%1,594/km²
106BirminghamAlabama210,999212,157212,237-0.18%558/km²
110FayettevilleNorth Carolina208,254204,759200,5640.56%544/km²
108RochesterNew York206,318208,880210,565-0.41%2,227/km²
112AmarilloTexas203,290199,582190,6950.61%774/km²
127Port St. LucieFlorida202,769185,132164,6032.99%658/km²
111YonkersNew York202,127200,807195,9760.22%4,333/km²
134MckinneyTexas201,119172,298131,1175.02%1,160/km²
122Grand PrairieTexas200,699190,682175,3961.69%1,072/km²
119Salt Lake CityUtah200,662193,744186,4401.16%697/km²
116Grand RapidsMichigan200,498196,445188,0400.68%1,742/km²
115Little RockArkansas199,579198,541193,5240.17%649/km²
121HuntsvilleAlabama199,487193,079180,1051.08%361/km²
113Huntington BeachCalifornia199,470200,652189,992-0.20%2,859/km²
117Augusta Richmond County Consolidated Government BalanceGeorgia197,909197,081195,8440.14%253/km²
126Overland ParkKansas197,711188,966173,3721.50%1,016/km²
114MontgomeryAlabama197,337200,022205,764-0.45%477/km²
129TempeArizona196,133182,498161,7192.37%1,894/km²
118AkronOhio195,800197,633199,110-0.31%1,219/km²
131Cape CoralFlorida194,570179,804154,3052.60%711/km²
125TallahasseeFlorida194,170190,894181,3760.57%746/km²
146FriscoTexas192,384163,656116,9895.24%1,096/km²
124MobileAlabama191,437192,904195,111-0.25%530/km²
120ColumbusGeorgia190,987197,485189,885-1.12%341/km²
128KnoxvilleTennessee189,368186,239178,8740.55%741/km²
123ShreveportLouisiana188,206194,920199,311-1.18%678/km²
130BrownsvilleTexas187,093183,823175,0230.59%546/km²
132WorcesterMassachusetts184,559184,508181,0450.01%1,907/km²
133Santa ClaritaCalifornia183,922181,972176,3200.35%1,078/km²
141Sioux FallsSouth Dakota182,574174,360153,8881.52%914/km²
136Fort LauderdaleFlorida181,995178,752165,5210.60%2,031/km²
140VancouverWashington181,915174,826161,7911.32%1,496/km²
139Rancho CucamongaCalifornia181,823176,534165,2690.98%1,755/km²
138ChattanoogaTennessee181,624177,571167,6740.75%490/km²
135Newport NewsVirginia181,345181,825180,719-0.09%1,013/km²
143OntarioCalifornia180,583173,212163,9241.38%1,396/km²
137ProvidenceRhode Island179,870179,219178,0420.12%3,774/km²
147Elk GroveCalifornia179,835169,743153,0151.91%1,649/km²
149SalemOregon177,019167,419154,6371.84%1,407/km²
142OceansideCalifornia176,466175,464167,0860.19%1,652/km²
144Santa RosaCalifornia176,439175,155167,8150.24%1,650/km²
150CoronaCalifornia176,163166,785152,3741.81%1,723/km²
151EugeneOregon175,803166,575156,1851.78%1,537/km²
145Garden GroveCalifornia175,428174,858170,8830.11%3,772/km²
152PeoriaArizona175,387164,173154,0652.18%385/km²
148Pembroke PinesFlorida174,716168,587154,7501.18%2,043/km²
155Fort CollinsColorado171,266164,207143,9861.39%1,183/km²
156CaryNorth Carolina170,330162,320135,2341.59%1,164/km²
153SpringfieldMissouri169,080167,319159,4980.35%793/km²
154JacksonMississippi163,838169,148173,514-1.07%570/km²
159AlexandriaVirginia163,724155,810139,9661.64%4,233/km²
157HaywardCalifornia162,459158,937144,1860.73%1,377/km²
163HollywoodFlorida161,133151,998140,7681.93%2,284/km²
162LakewoodColorado160,429154,393142,9801.27%1,442/km²
158LancasterCalifornia159,800160,106156,633-0.06%654/km²
160SalinasCalifornia158,850157,218150,4410.34%2,598/km²
164SunnyvaleCalifornia157,727152,771140,0811.06%2,769/km²
161PalmdaleCalifornia157,125157,356152,750-0.05%572/km²
171ClarksvilleTennessee154,250150,287132,9290.86%608/km²
168Kansas CityKansas153,683151,709145,7860.43%475/km²
165SpringfieldMassachusetts153,465154,074153,060-0.13%1,859/km²
169EscondidoCalifornia153,242151,613143,9110.36%1,589/km²
167PomonaCalifornia152,788152,494149,0580.06%2,570/km²
166PasadenaTexas152,409153,351149,043-0.21%1,349/km²
178KilleenTexas151,761143,400127,9211.87%1,082/km²
170Macon Bibb CountyGeorgia150,218152,555-0.52%233/km²
172JolietIllinois149,645148,262147,4330.31%906/km²
189MurfreesboroTennessee149,605131,947108,7554.10%990/km²
180McallenTexas149,352142,212129,8771.62%988/km²
173SavannahGeorgia148,779146,763136,2860.45%556/km²
174NapervilleIllinois147,905147,122141,8530.18%1,476/km²
175PatersonNew Jersey146,919147,000146,199-0.02%6,742/km²
188ThorntonColorado146,825136,703118,7722.35%1,571/km²
182BellevueWashington146,773141,400122,3631.24%1,694/km²
177TorranceCalifornia145,857147,195145,438-0.30%2,750/km²
176RockfordIllinois145,338147,651152,871-0.53%872/km²
186MiramarFlorida144,599138,449122,0411.44%1,900/km²
179BridgeportConnecticut142,474145,936144,229-0.80%3,426/km²
181MesquiteTexas142,146143,736139,824-0.37%1,163/km²
184FullertonCalifornia142,119140,721135,1610.33%2,446/km²
193DentonTexas141,776133,808113,3831.91%571/km²
192WacoTexas141,725134,432124,8051.75%615/km²
183SyracuseNew York141,353143,378145,170-0.48%2,180/km²
196RosevilleCalifornia140,930132,671118,7881.99%1,263/km²
185OrangeCalifornia140,723140,504136,4160.05%2,143/km²
197SurpriseArizona140,237132,677117,5171.83%502/km²
187DaytonOhio140,231140,489141,527-0.06%971/km²
194CharlestonSouth Carolina140,178134,385120,0831.40%496/km²
191OlatheKansas139,892135,473125,8721.06%886/km²
195MidlandTexas138,891134,610111,1471.04%721/km²
190West Valley CityUtah138,359136,574129,4800.43%1,506/km²
199ColumbiaSouth Carolina135,299134,309129,2720.24%387/km²
198WarrenMichigan134,561135,125134,056-0.14%1,512/km²
200HamnVirginia132,578135,410137,436-0.71%995/km²
  • 2018 Estimate from World Population Review based on recent US Census Estimates
  • 2016 Estimate from the US Census Bureau
  • 2010 Census Population
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