US City Populations 2018

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 2018 Population 2016 Population 2010 Census Change 2018 Density
1New YorkNew York8,580,0158,537,6738,175,1330.25%11,029/km²
2Los AngelesCalifornia4,030,6683,976,3223,792,6210.68%3,321/km²
3ChicagoIllinois2,687,6822,704,9582,695,598-0.32%4,565/km²
4HoustonTexas2,340,8142,303,4822,099,4510.80%1,420/km²
5PhoenixArizona1,679,2431,615,0171,445,6321.95%1,252/km²
6PhiladelphiaPennsylvania1,573,6881,567,8721,526,0060.19%4,528/km²
7San AntonioTexas1,541,4561,492,5101,327,4071.61%1,291/km²
8San DiegoCalifornia1,438,0601,406,6301,307,4021.10%1,710/km²
9DallasTexas1,359,1331,317,9291,197,8161.54%1,544/km²
10San JoseCalifornia1,030,7961,025,350945,9420.26%2,242/km²
11AustinTexas983,366947,890790,3901.84%1,184/km²
12JacksonvilleFlorida907,529880,619821,7841.50%469/km²
14Fort WorthTexas893,997854,113741,2062.28%1,001/km²
13San FranciscoCalifornia888,653870,887805,2351.01%7,315/km²
15ColumbusOhio880,182860,090787,0331.15%1,555/km²
17CharlotteNorth Carolina873,363842,051731,4241.83%1,101/km²
16IndianapolisIndiana860,902855,164820,4450.33%920/km²
18SeattleWashington746,046704,352608,6602.87%3,436/km²
19DenverColorado719,116693,060600,1581.85%1,811/km²
20Washington DcDistrict Of Columbia702,756681,170601,7231.56%4,438/km²
21El PasoTexas692,100683,080649,1210.66%1,038/km²
22BostonMassachusetts687,584673,184617,5941.06%5,491/km²
24NashvilleTennessee673,008660,388601,2220.95%546/km²
23DetroitMichigan665,713672,795713,777-0.53%1,853/km²
26PortlandOregon658,347639,863583,7761.42%1,905/km²
27Oklahoma CityOklahoma653,865638,367579,9991.20%416/km²
28Las VegasNevada653,840632,912583,7561.63%1,873/km²
25MemphisTennessee649,243652,717646,889-0.27%790/km²
29LouisvilleKentucky619,287616,261597,3370.24%907/km²
30BaltimoreMaryland601,188614,664620,961-1.11%2,868/km²
31MilwaukeeWisconsin586,315595,047594,833-0.74%2,354/km²
32AlbuquerqueNew Mexico562,935559,277545,8520.33%1,161/km²
33TucsonArizona535,236530,706520,1160.42%872/km²
34FresnoCalifornia529,153522,053494,6650.68%1,799/km²
35SacramentoCalifornia507,298495,234466,4881.20%2,006/km²
36MesaArizona497,275484,587439,0411.29%1,391/km²
37Kansas CityMissouri494,536481,420459,7871.34%606/km²
38AtlantaGeorgia491,626472,522420,0031.98%1,423/km²
39Colorado SpringsColorado484,233465,101416,4272.02%960/km²
42MiamiFlorida479,009453,579399,4572.73%5,139/km²
41RaleighNorth Carolina476,746458,880403,8921.91%1,269/km²
40Long BeachCalifornia467,512470,130462,257-0.28%3,588/km²
43Virginia BeachVirginia454,098452,602437,9940.16%716/km²
44OmahaNebraska450,364446,970408,9580.38%1,262/km²
45OaklandCalifornia424,275420,005390,7240.51%2,931/km²
46MinneapolisMinnesota420,721413,651382,5780.85%3,008/km²
47TulsaOklahoma403,060403,090391,906-0.00%788/km²
48ArlingtonTexas401,248392,772365,4381.07%1,617/km²
49New OrleansLouisiana395,009391,495343,8290.45%900/km²
51TampaFlorida394,507377,165335,7092.25%1,343/km²
50WichitaKansas391,586389,902382,3680.22%941/km²
53BakersfieldCalifornia384,188376,380347,4831.03%991/km²
52ClevelandOhio381,803385,809396,815-0.52%1,897/km²
54AuroraColorado368,518361,710325,0780.93%927/km²
55AnaheimCalifornia354,553351,043336,2650.50%2,742/km²
56HonoluluHawaii351,280351,792337,256-0.07%2,240/km²
57Santa AnaCalifornia334,613334,217324,5280.06%4,759/km²
58RiversideCalifornia331,606324,722303,8711.05%1,576/km²
59Corpus ChristiTexas328,183325,733305,2150.37%726/km²
60Lexington FayetteKentucky325,813318,449295,8031.14%444/km²
61StocktonCalifornia312,080307,072291,7070.81%1,953/km²
65HendersonNevada309,155292,969257,7292.69%1,140/km²
63St. PaulMinnesota308,138302,398285,0680.94%2,289/km²
62St. LouisMissouri304,462311,404319,294-1.13%1,897/km²
64PittsburghPennsylvania303,147303,625305,704-0.08%2,114/km²
66CincinnatiOhio299,092298,800296,9430.05%1,482/km²
67AnchorageAlaska297,952298,192291,826-0.04%67/km²
68PlanoTexas291,671286,057259,8410.97%1,571/km²
71OrlandoFlorida290,553277,173238,3002.36%1,066/km²
69GreensboroNorth Carolina290,519287,027269,6660.60%873/km²
70LincolnNebraska287,870280,364258,3791.32%1,196/km²
74IrvineCalifornia286,720266,122212,3753.73%1,688/km²
72NewarkNew Jersey283,092281,764277,1400.24%4,527/km²
73ToledoOhio276,172278,508287,208-0.42%1,321/km²
76DurhamNorth Carolina274,006263,016228,3302.05%959/km²
75Chula VistaCalifornia271,434267,172243,9160.79%2,112/km²
78St. PetersburgFlorida269,645260,999244,7691.63%1,685/km²
77Fort WayneIndiana267,852264,488253,6910.63%935/km²
79Jersey CityNew Jersey264,720264,152247,5970.11%6,908/km²
80LaredoTexas262,034257,156236,0910.94%972/km²
81MadisonWisconsin260,427252,551233,2091.54%1,306/km²
84ScottsdaleArizona260,189246,645217,3852.67%546/km²
82LubbockTexas260,188252,506229,5731.50%787/km²
85ChandlerArizona254,773247,477236,1231.45%1,514/km²
86RenoNevada254,431245,255225,2211.84%904/km²
83BuffaloNew York254,004256,902261,310-0.57%2,429/km²
87GlendaleArizona251,269245,895226,7211.08%1,631/km²
90North Las VegasNevada247,680238,702216,9611.85%976/km²
91GilbertArizona246,601237,133208,4531.96%1,400/km²
89Winston SalemNorth Carolina245,549242,203229,6170.69%716/km²
88NorfolkVirginia243,085245,115242,803-0.42%1,762/km²
93ChesapeakeVirginia242,958237,940222,2091.04%277/km²
92IrvingTexas242,873238,289216,2900.95%1,399/km²
95FremontCalifornia236,566233,136214,0890.73%1,179/km²
94HialeahFlorida235,081236,387224,669-0.28%4,226/km²
96GarlandTexas232,421234,943226,876-0.54%1,573/km²
98RichmondVirginia230,254223,170204,2141.56%1,484/km²
99Boise CityIdaho228,900223,154205,6711.27%1,078/km²
97Baton RougeLouisiana226,505227,715229,493-0.27%1,018/km²
100SpokaneWashington221,759215,973208,9161.32%1,245/km²
  • 2018 Estimate from World Population Review based on recent US Census Estimates
  • 2016 Estimate from the US Census Bureau
  • 2010 Census Population
  • 1 Year Change