The 200 Largest Cities in the United States by Population 2020

What are the largest cities in the United States? The US city with the biggest population is New York City. Here is a list of the top ten most populated cities in the US:

  1. New York City, NY (Population: 8,601,186)
  2. Los Angeles, CA (Population: 4,057,841)
  3. Chicago, IL (Population: 2,679,044)
  4. Houston, TX (Population: 2,359,480)
  5. Phoenix, AZ (Population: 1,711,356)
  6. Philadelphia, PA (Population: 1,576,596)
  7. San Antonio, TX (Population: 1,565,929)
  8. San Diego, CA (Population: 1,453,775)
  9. Dallas, TX (Population: 1,379,735)
  10. San Jose, CA (Population: 1,033,519)

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 largest number of the 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 city 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, which is 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 analyzing 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 New York City at 11,000/km2, San Francisco at 7,242/km², Jersey City at 6,901/km², and Boston at 5,434/km².

Rank Name State 2020 Population 2010 Census Change 2020 Density Latitude/Longitude Area (km²)
1New YorkNew York8,622,3578,175,1330.25%11,084/km²40.66/-73.94778
2Los AngelesCalifornia4,085,0143,792,6210.67%3,365/km²34.02/-118.411,214
3ChicagoIllinois2,670,4062,695,598-0.32%4,535/km²41.84/-87.68589
4HoustonTexas2,378,1462,099,4510.79%1,443/km²29.79/-95.391,649
5PhoenixArizona1,743,4691,445,6321.88%1,300/km²33.57/-112.091,341
6San AntonioTexas1,590,4021,327,4071.56%1,332/km²29.47/-98.531,194
7PhiladelphiaPennsylvania1,579,5041,526,0060.18%4,545/km²40.01/-75.13348
8San DiegoCalifornia1,469,4901,307,4021.08%1,747/km²32.82/-117.13841
9DallasTexas1,400,3371,197,8161.49%1,590/km²32.79/-96.77880
10San JoseCalifornia1,036,242945,9420.26%2,254/km²37.30/-121.82460
11AustinTexas1,018,842790,3901.77%1,226/km²30.30/-97.75831
12JacksonvilleFlorida934,439821,7841.46%483/km²30.34/-81.661,936
13Fort WorthTexas933,881741,2062.18%1,046/km²32.78/-97.35893
14San FranciscoCalifornia906,419805,2350.99%7,461/km²37.73/-123.03121
15CharlotteNorth Carolina904,675731,4241.76%1,141/km²35.21/-80.83793
16ColumbusOhio900,274787,0331.13%1,590/km²39.98/-82.98566
17IndianapolisIndiana866,640820,4450.33%926/km²39.78/-86.15936
18SeattleWashington787,740608,6602.72%3,628/km²47.62/-122.35217
19DenverColorado745,172600,1581.78%1,877/km²39.76/-104.88397
20Washington DcDistrict Of Columbia724,342601,7231.51%4,574/km²38.90/-77.02158
21BostonMassachusetts701,984617,5941.04%5,606/km²42.34/-71.02125
22El PasoTexas701,120649,1210.65%1,052/km²31.85/-106.43667
23NashvilleTennessee685,628601,2220.93%556/km²36.17/-86.791,233
24PortlandOregon676,831583,7761.38%1,958/km²45.54/-122.65346
25Las VegasNevada674,768583,7561.58%1,933/km²36.23/-115.26349
26Oklahoma CityOklahoma669,363579,9991.17%426/km²35.47/-97.511,570
27DetroitMichigan658,631713,777-0.53%1,833/km²42.38/-83.10359
28MemphisTennessee645,769646,889-0.27%786/km²35.10/-89.98822
29LouisvilleKentucky622,313597,3370.24%911/km²38.17/-85.65683
30BaltimoreMaryland587,712620,961-1.13%2,803/km²39.30/-76.61210
31MilwaukeeWisconsin577,583594,833-0.75%2,319/km²43.06/-87.97249
32AlbuquerqueNew Mexico566,593545,8520.32%1,169/km²35.10/-106.65485
33TucsonArizona539,766520,1160.42%879/km²32.15/-110.87614
34FresnoCalifornia536,253494,6650.67%1,823/km²36.78/-119.79294
35SacramentoCalifornia519,362466,4881.18%2,054/km²38.57/-121.47253
36AtlantaGeorgia510,730420,0031.91%1,478/km²33.76/-84.42346
37MesaArizona509,963439,0411.26%1,427/km²33.40/-111.72357
38Kansas CityMissouri507,652459,7871.31%622/km²39.13/-94.55816
39MiamiFlorida504,439399,4572.59%5,412/km²25.78/-80.2193
40Colorado SpringsColorado503,365416,4271.94%998/km²38.87/-104.76505
41RaleighNorth Carolina494,612403,8921.84%1,316/km²35.83/-78.64376
42Long BeachCalifornia464,894462,257-0.28%3,568/km²33.81/-118.16130
43Virginia BeachVirginia455,594437,9940.16%719/km²36.78/-76.03634
44OmahaNebraska453,758408,9580.38%1,271/km²41.26/-96.05357
45OaklandCalifornia428,545390,7240.50%2,960/km²37.77/-122.23145
46MinneapolisMinnesota427,791382,5780.83%3,059/km²44.96/-93.27140
47TampaFlorida411,849335,7092.15%1,402/km²27.97/-82.48294
48ArlingtonTexas409,724365,4381.05%1,651/km²32.70/-97.12248
49TulsaOklahoma403,030391,906-0.00%788/km²36.13/-95.90512
50New OrleansLouisiana398,523343,8290.44%908/km²30.05/-89.93439
51WichitaKansas393,270382,3680.21%945/km²37.69/-97.35416
52BakersfieldCalifornia391,996347,4831.01%1,011/km²35.35/-119.04388
53ClevelandOhio377,797396,815-0.53%1,877/km²41.48/-81.68201
54AuroraColorado375,326325,0780.92%944/km²39.69/-104.69398
55AnaheimCalifornia358,063336,2650.49%2,769/km²33.82/-118.02129
56HonoluluHawaii350,768337,256-0.07%2,237/km²21.32/-157.85157
57RiversideCalifornia338,490303,8711.03%1,608/km²33.94/-117.39210
58Santa AnaCalifornia335,009324,5280.06%4,765/km²33.74/-117.8870
59LexingtonKentucky333,177295,8031.12%454/km²38.04/-84.46735
60Corpus ChristiTexas330,633305,2150.37%731/km²27.75/-97.17452
61HendersonNevada325,341257,7292.55%1,200/km²36.01/-115.04271
62StocktonCalifornia317,088291,7070.80%1,985/km²37.98/-121.31160
63St. PaulMinnesota313,878285,0680.92%2,332/km²44.95/-93.10135
64IrvineCalifornia307,318212,3753.47%1,809/km²33.68/-117.77170
65OrlandoFlorida303,933238,3002.25%1,115/km²28.42/-81.23273
66PittsburghPennsylvania302,669305,704-0.08%2,110/km²40.44/-79.98143
67CincinnatiOhio299,384296,9430.05%1,484/km²39.14/-84.51202
68AnchorageAlaska297,712291,826-0.04%67/km²61.17/-149.284,420
69St. LouisMissouri297,520319,294-1.15%1,854/km²38.64/-90.24160
70PlanoTexas297,285259,8410.95%1,602/km²33.05/-96.75186
71LincolnNebraska295,376258,3791.29%1,227/km²40.81/-96.68241
72GreensboroNorth Carolina294,011269,6660.60%883/km²36.10/-79.83333
73DurhamNorth Carolina284,996228,3301.97%997/km²35.98/-78.90286
74NewarkNew Jersey284,420277,1400.23%4,548/km²40.72/-74.1763
75St. PetersburgFlorida278,291244,7691.58%1,739/km²27.76/-82.64160
76Chula VistaCalifornia275,696243,9160.78%2,145/km²32.63/-117.02129
77ToledoOhio273,836287,208-0.42%1,310/km²41.66/-83.58209
78ScottsdaleArizona273,733217,3852.54%575/km²33.68/-111.86476
79Fort WayneIndiana271,216253,6910.62%947/km²41.09/-85.14287
80MadisonWisconsin268,303233,2091.49%1,345/km²43.09/-89.43199
81LubbockTexas267,870229,5731.45%810/km²33.56/-101.89331
82LaredoTexas266,912236,0910.92%990/km²27.56/-99.49270
83Jersey CityNew Jersey265,288247,5970.11%6,923/km²40.71/-74.0638
84RenoNevada263,607225,2211.77%937/km²39.55/-119.85281
85ChandlerArizona262,069236,1231.41%1,557/km²33.28/-111.85168
86North Las VegasNevada256,658216,9611.78%1,011/km²36.29/-115.09254
87GlendaleArizona256,643226,7211.06%1,666/km²33.53/-112.41154
88GilbertArizona256,069208,4531.88%1,454/km²33.31/-111.74176
89BuffaloNew York251,106261,310-0.57%2,401/km²42.89/-78.86105
90Winston SalemNorth Carolina248,895229,6170.68%725/km²36.10/-80.26343
91ChesapeakeVirginia247,976222,2091.02%283/km²36.68/-76.30877
92IrvingTexas247,457216,2900.93%1,425/km²32.86/-96.97174
93NorfolkVirginia241,055242,803-0.42%1,747/km²36.92/-76.24138
94FremontCalifornia239,996214,0890.72%1,196/km²37.50/-122.08201
95RichmondVirginia237,338204,2141.51%1,529/km²37.53/-77.48155
96BoiseIdaho234,646205,6711.24%1,105/km²43.60/-116.23212
97HialeahFlorida233,775224,669-0.28%4,203/km²25.87/-80.3056
98GarlandTexas229,899226,876-0.55%1,556/km²32.91/-96.63148
99SpokaneWashington227,545208,9161.29%1,278/km²47.67/-117.43178
100TacomaWashington225,745198,3971.63%1,753/km²47.25/-122.46129
101Baton RougeLouisiana225,295229,493-0.27%1,012/km²30.44/-91.13223
102FontanaCalifornia220,753196,0691.27%1,981/km²34.11/-117.46111
103ModestoCalifornia220,523201,1650.96%1,982/km²37.64/-121.00111
104San BernardinoCalifornia218,995209,9240.32%1,375/km²34.14/-117.29159
105Des MoinesIowa218,104203,4330.30%952/km²41.57/-93.61229
106Moreno ValleyCalifornia213,743193,3650.97%1,610/km²33.92/-117.21133
107OxnardCalifornia213,266197,8990.63%3,041/km²34.20/-119.2070
108MckinneyTexas210,726131,1174.78%1,216/km²33.20/-96.66173
109BirminghamAlabama210,613212,237-0.18%557/km²33.53/-86.80378
110FayettevilleNorth Carolina209,419200,5640.56%547/km²35.08/-78.97383
111Port St. LucieFlorida208,648164,6032.90%677/km²27.28/-80.39308
112RochesterNew York205,464210,565-0.41%2,218/km²43.17/-77.6293
113AmarilloTexas204,526190,6950.61%779/km²35.20/-101.83263
114Grand PrairieTexas204,038175,3961.66%1,090/km²32.69/-97.02187
115Salt Lake CityUtah202,968186,4401.15%705/km²40.78/-111.93288
116YonkersNew York202,567195,9760.22%4,342/km²40.95/-73.8747
117FriscoTexas201,960116,9894.98%1,151/km²33.16/-96.82176
118Grand RapidsMichigan201,849188,0400.67%1,754/km²42.96/-85.66115
119HuntsvilleAlabama201,623180,1051.07%365/km²34.70/-86.67553
120TempeArizona200,678161,7192.32%1,938/km²33.39/-111.93104
121Overland ParkKansas200,626173,3721.47%1,031/km²38.89/-94.69195
122Little RockArkansas199,925193,5240.17%650/km²34.73/-92.36308
123Cape CoralFlorida199,492154,3052.53%729/km²26.64/-82.00274
124Huntington BeachCalifornia199,076189,992-0.20%2,853/km²33.69/-118.0170
125AugustaGeorgia198,185195,8440.14%253/km²33.37/-82.07783
126MontgomeryAlabama196,442205,764-0.45%475/km²32.35/-86.27414
127TallahasseeFlorida195,262181,3760.56%750/km²30.46/-84.25260
128AkronOhio195,189199,110-0.31%1,215/km²41.08/-81.52161
129MobileAlabama190,948195,111-0.26%529/km²30.67/-88.10361
130KnoxvilleTennessee190,411178,8740.55%745/km²35.97/-83.95256
131BrownsvilleTexas188,183175,0230.58%549/km²26.00/-97.46343
132ShreveportLouisiana185,968199,311-1.19%670/km²32.47/-93.79277
133Sioux FallsSouth Dakota185,312153,8881.50%928/km²43.54/-96.73200
134WorcesterMassachusetts184,576181,0450.01%1,908/km²42.27/-71.8197
135Santa ClaritaCalifornia184,572176,3200.35%1,082/km²34.41/-118.49171
136VancouverWashington184,278161,7911.30%1,515/km²45.63/-122.60122
137Rancho CucamongaCalifornia183,586165,2690.97%1,772/km²34.12/-117.56104
138Elk GroveCalifornia183,199153,0151.87%1,680/km²38.41/-121.38109
139Fort LauderdaleFlorida183,076165,5210.59%2,043/km²26.14/-80.1590
140OntarioCalifornia183,040163,9241.36%1,415/km²34.04/-117.60129
141ChattanoogaTennessee182,975167,6740.74%494/km²35.07/-85.25370
142Newport NewsVirginia181,185180,719-0.09%1,013/km²37.08/-76.52179
143SalemOregon180,219154,6371.81%1,433/km²44.92/-123.02126
144ProvidenceRhode Island180,087178,0420.12%3,779/km²41.82/-71.4248
145CoronaCalifornia179,289152,3741.77%1,754/km²33.86/-117.57102
146PeoriaArizona179,125154,0652.13%394/km²33.79/-112.31455
147EugeneOregon178,879156,1851.75%1,564/km²44.06/-123.12114
148Santa RosaCalifornia176,867167,8150.24%1,654/km²38.45/-122.71107
149OceansideCalifornia176,800167,0860.19%1,655/km²33.22/-117.31107
150Pembroke PinesFlorida176,759154,7501.17%2,066/km²26.02/-80.3486
151Garden GroveCalifornia175,618170,8830.11%3,776/km²33.78/-117.9647
152Fort CollinsColorado173,619143,9861.37%1,199/km²40.55/-105.06145
153CaryNorth Carolina173,000135,2341.57%1,182/km²35.78/-78.81146
154SpringfieldMissouri169,667159,4980.35%796/km²37.19/-93.29213
155AlexandriaVirginia166,362139,9661.61%4,301/km²38.82/-77.0839
156HollywoodFlorida164,178140,7681.89%2,327/km²26.03/-80.1671
157HaywardCalifornia163,633144,1860.72%1,387/km²37.63/-122.10118
158LakewoodColorado162,441142,9801.25%1,460/km²39.70/-105.12111
159JacksonMississippi162,068173,514-1.08%563/km²32.32/-90.21288
160LancasterCalifornia159,698156,633-0.06%654/km²34.69/-118.18244
161SalinasCalifornia159,394150,4410.34%2,607/km²36.69/-121.6361
162SunnyvaleCalifornia159,379140,0811.05%2,798/km²37.39/-122.0357
163PalmdaleCalifornia157,048152,750-0.05%572/km²34.59/-118.11275
164ClarksvilleTennessee155,571132,9290.86%613/km²36.57/-87.35254
165MurfreesboroTennessee155,491108,7553.93%1,029/km²35.85/-86.41151
166KilleenTexas154,548127,9211.84%1,101/km²31.08/-97.73140
167EscondidoCalifornia153,785143,9110.35%1,594/km²33.13/-117.0796
168PomonaCalifornia152,886149,0580.06%2,572/km²34.06/-117.7659
169PasadenaTexas152,095149,043-0.21%1,346/km²29.66/-95.15113
170McallenTexas151,732129,8771.59%1,004/km²26.23/-98.25151
171ThorntonColorado150,199118,7722.30%1,607/km²39.92/-104.9493
172JolietIllinois150,106147,4330.31%909/km²41.52/-88.15165
173SavannahGeorgia149,451136,2860.45%558/km²32.04/-81.05268
174Macon Bibb CountyGeorgia149,439-0.52%231/km²32.81/-83.69646
175BellevueWashington148,564122,3631.22%1,714/km²47.60/-122.1687
176NapervilleIllinois148,166141,8530.18%1,478/km²41.75/-88.16100
177PatersonNew Jersey146,892146,199-0.02%6,741/km²40.91/-74.1622
178MiramarFlorida146,649122,0411.42%1,927/km²25.98/-80.3476
179TorranceCalifornia145,411145,438-0.31%2,742/km²33.83/-118.3453
180RockfordIllinois144,567152,871-0.53%867/km²42.26/-89.06167
181DentonTexas144,432113,3831.87%582/km²33.22/-97.14248
182WacoTexas144,156124,8051.72%625/km²31.56/-97.19231
183RosevilleCalifornia143,683118,7881.95%1,288/km²38.77/-121.32112
184SurpriseArizona142,757117,5171.80%511/km²33.67/-112.45279
185FullertonCalifornia142,585135,1610.33%2,454/km²33.89/-117.9358
186CharlestonSouth Carolina142,109120,0831.38%503/km²32.82/-79.96282
187MesquiteTexas141,616139,824-0.37%1,159/km²32.76/-96.59122
188OlatheKansas141,365125,8721.05%896/km²38.88/-94.82158
189BridgeportConnecticut141,320144,229-0.81%3,398/km²41.19/-73.2042
190OrangeCalifornia140,796136,4160.05%2,144/km²33.83/-117.7966
191SyracuseNew York140,678145,170-0.48%2,170/km²43.04/-76.1465
192MidlandTexas140,318111,1471.03%728/km²32.02/-102.11193
193Round RockTexas140,27699,8873.58%1,510/km²30.53/-97.6793
194DaytonOhio140,145141,527-0.06%971/km²39.78/-84.20144
195West Valley CityUtah138,954129,4800.43%1,513/km²40.69/-112.0192
196GainesvilleFlorida137,447124,3541.08%848/km²29.68/-82.35162
197VisaliaCalifornia136,758124,4421.05%1,409/km²36.33/-119.3397
198ColumbiaSouth Carolina135,629129,2720.24%388/km²34.03/-80.90350
199CarrolltonTexas135,443119,0970.39%1,439/km²32.99/-96.9094
200Coral SpringsFlorida135,043121,0960.93%2,243/km²26.27/-80.2660
  • 2018 Estimate from World Population Review based on recent US Census Estimates
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