The 200 Largest Cities in the United States by Population 2019

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 2019 Population 2010 Census Change 2019 Density Latitude/Longitude Area (km²)
1New YorkNew York8,601,1868,175,1330.25%11,056/km²40.66/-73.94778
2Los AngelesCalifornia4,057,8413,792,6210.67%3,343/km²34.02/-118.411,214
3ChicagoIllinois2,679,0442,695,598-0.32%4,550/km²41.84/-87.68589
4HoustonTexas2,359,4802,099,4510.80%1,431/km²29.79/-95.391,649
5PhoenixArizona1,711,3561,445,6321.91%1,276/km²33.57/-112.091,341
6PhiladelphiaPennsylvania1,576,5961,526,0060.18%4,537/km²40.01/-75.13348
7San AntonioTexas1,565,9291,327,4071.59%1,312/km²29.47/-98.531,194
8San DiegoCalifornia1,453,7751,307,4021.09%1,728/km²32.82/-117.13841
9DallasTexas1,379,7351,197,8161.52%1,567/km²32.79/-96.77880
10San JoseCalifornia1,033,519945,9420.26%2,248/km²37.30/-121.82460
11AustinTexas1,001,104790,3901.80%1,205/km²30.30/-97.75831
12JacksonvilleFlorida920,984821,7841.48%476/km²30.34/-81.661,936
13Fort WorthTexas913,939741,2062.23%1,023/km²32.78/-97.35893
14San FranciscoCalifornia897,536805,2351.00%7,388/km²37.73/-123.03121
15ColumbusOhio890,228787,0331.14%1,572/km²39.98/-82.98566
16CharlotteNorth Carolina889,019731,4241.79%1,121/km²35.21/-80.83793
17IndianapolisIndiana863,771820,4450.33%923/km²39.78/-86.15936
18SeattleWashington766,893608,6602.79%3,532/km²47.62/-122.35217
19DenverColorado732,144600,1581.81%1,844/km²39.76/-104.88397
20Washington DcDistrict Of Columbia713,549601,7231.54%4,506/km²38.90/-77.02158
21El PasoTexas696,610649,1210.65%1,045/km²31.85/-106.43667
22BostonMassachusetts694,784617,5941.05%5,549/km²42.34/-71.02125
24NashvilleTennessee679,318601,2220.94%551/km²36.17/-86.791,233
23NashvilleTennessee679,318601,2220.94%551/km²36.17/-86.791,233
25PortlandOregon667,589583,7761.40%1,931/km²45.54/-122.65346
26Las VegasNevada664,304583,7561.60%1,903/km²36.23/-115.26349
27DetroitMichigan662,172713,777-0.53%1,843/km²42.38/-83.10359
28Oklahoma CityOklahoma661,614579,9991.19%421/km²35.47/-97.511,570
29MemphisTennessee647,506646,889-0.27%788/km²35.10/-89.98822
31LouisvilleKentucky620,800597,3370.24%909/km²38.17/-85.65683
30LouisvilleKentucky620,800597,3370.24%909/km²38.17/-85.65683
32BaltimoreMaryland594,450620,961-1.12%2,836/km²39.30/-76.61210
33MilwaukeeWisconsin581,949594,833-0.74%2,336/km²43.06/-87.97249
34AlbuquerqueNew Mexico564,764545,8520.32%1,165/km²35.10/-106.65485
35TucsonArizona537,501520,1160.42%876/km²32.15/-110.87614
36FresnoCalifornia532,703494,6650.67%1,811/km²36.78/-119.79294
37SacramentoCalifornia513,330466,4881.19%2,030/km²38.57/-121.47253
38MesaArizona503,619439,0411.28%1,409/km²33.40/-111.72357
39AtlantaGeorgia501,178420,0031.94%1,450/km²33.76/-84.42346
40Kansas CityMissouri501,094459,7871.33%614/km²39.13/-94.55816
41Colorado SpringsColorado493,799416,4271.98%979/km²38.87/-104.76505
42MiamiFlorida491,724399,4572.65%5,276/km²25.78/-80.2193
43RaleighNorth Carolina485,679403,8921.87%1,293/km²35.83/-78.64376
44Long BeachCalifornia466,203462,257-0.28%3,578/km²33.81/-118.16130
45Virginia BeachVirginia454,846437,9940.16%718/km²36.78/-76.03634
46OmahaNebraska452,061408,9580.38%1,267/km²41.26/-96.05357
47OaklandCalifornia426,410390,7240.50%2,945/km²37.77/-122.23145
48MinneapolisMinnesota424,256382,5780.84%3,033/km²44.96/-93.27140
49ArlingtonTexas405,486365,4381.06%1,634/km²32.70/-97.12248
50TampaFlorida403,178335,7092.20%1,373/km²27.97/-82.48294
51TulsaOklahoma403,045391,906-0.00%788/km²36.13/-95.90512
52New OrleansLouisiana396,766343,8290.44%904/km²30.05/-89.93439
53WichitaKansas392,428382,3680.22%943/km²37.69/-97.35416
54BakersfieldCalifornia388,092347,4831.02%1,001/km²35.35/-119.04388
55ClevelandOhio379,800396,815-0.52%1,887/km²41.48/-81.68201
56AuroraColorado371,922325,0780.92%935/km²39.69/-104.69398
57AnaheimCalifornia356,308336,2650.49%2,756/km²33.82/-118.02129
58HonoluluHawaii351,024337,256-0.07%2,238/km²21.32/-157.85157
59RiversideCalifornia335,048303,8711.04%1,592/km²33.94/-117.39210
60Santa AnaCalifornia334,811324,5280.06%4,762/km²33.74/-117.8870
62LexingtonKentucky329,495295,8031.13%449/km²38.04/-84.46735
61LexingtonKentucky329,495295,8031.13%449/km²38.04/-84.46735
63Corpus ChristiTexas329,408305,2150.37%729/km²27.75/-97.17452
64HendersonNevada317,248257,7292.62%1,170/km²36.01/-115.04271
65StocktonCalifornia314,584291,7070.80%1,969/km²37.98/-121.31160
66St. PaulMinnesota311,008285,0680.93%2,310/km²44.95/-93.10135
67PittsburghPennsylvania302,908305,704-0.08%2,112/km²40.44/-79.98143
68St. LouisMissouri300,991319,294-1.14%1,876/km²38.64/-90.24160
69CincinnatiOhio299,238296,9430.05%1,483/km²39.14/-84.51202
70AnchorageAlaska297,832291,826-0.04%67/km²61.17/-149.284,420
71OrlandoFlorida297,243238,3002.30%1,091/km²28.42/-81.23273
72IrvineCalifornia297,019212,3753.59%1,749/km²33.68/-117.77170
73PlanoTexas294,478259,8410.96%1,586/km²33.05/-96.75186
74GreensboroNorth Carolina292,265269,6660.60%878/km²36.10/-79.83333
75LincolnNebraska291,623258,3791.30%1,212/km²40.81/-96.68241
76NewarkNew Jersey283,756277,1400.23%4,538/km²40.72/-74.1763
77DurhamNorth Carolina279,501228,3302.01%978/km²35.98/-78.90286
78ToledoOhio275,004287,208-0.42%1,316/km²41.66/-83.58209
79St. PetersburgFlorida273,968244,7691.60%1,712/km²27.76/-82.64160
80Chula VistaCalifornia273,565243,9160.79%2,128/km²32.63/-117.02129
81Fort WayneIndiana269,534253,6910.63%941/km²41.09/-85.14287
82ScottsdaleArizona266,961217,3852.60%560/km²33.68/-111.86476
83Jersey CityNew Jersey265,004247,5970.11%6,916/km²40.71/-74.0638
84LaredoTexas264,473236,0910.93%981/km²27.56/-99.49270
85MadisonWisconsin264,365233,2091.51%1,325/km²43.09/-89.43199
86LubbockTexas264,029229,5731.48%798/km²33.56/-101.89331
87RenoNevada259,019225,2211.80%920/km²39.55/-119.85281
88ChandlerArizona258,421236,1231.43%1,536/km²33.28/-111.85168
89GlendaleArizona253,956226,7211.07%1,648/km²33.53/-112.41154
90BuffaloNew York252,555261,310-0.57%2,415/km²42.89/-78.86105
91North Las VegasNevada252,169216,9611.81%993/km²36.29/-115.09254
92GilbertArizona251,335208,4531.92%1,427/km²33.31/-111.74176
93Winston SalemNorth Carolina247,222229,6170.68%720/km²36.10/-80.26343
94ChesapeakeVirginia245,467222,2091.03%280/km²36.68/-76.30877
95IrvingTexas245,165216,2900.94%1,412/km²32.86/-96.97174
96NorfolkVirginia242,070242,803-0.42%1,754/km²36.92/-76.24138
97FremontCalifornia238,281214,0890.72%1,188/km²37.50/-122.08201
98HialeahFlorida234,428224,669-0.28%4,215/km²25.87/-80.3056
99RichmondVirginia233,796204,2141.54%1,507/km²37.53/-77.48155
101BoiseIdaho231,773205,6711.26%1,092/km²43.60/-116.23212
100BoiseIdaho231,773205,6711.26%1,092/km²43.60/-116.23212
102GarlandTexas231,160226,876-0.54%1,565/km²32.91/-96.63148
103Baton RougeLouisiana225,900229,493-0.27%1,015/km²30.44/-91.13223
104SpokaneWashington224,652208,9161.30%1,261/km²47.67/-117.43178
105TacomaWashington222,128198,3971.66%1,725/km²47.25/-122.46129
106ModestoCalifornia218,436201,1650.96%1,963/km²37.64/-121.00111
107San BernardinoCalifornia218,306209,9240.32%1,370/km²34.14/-117.29159
108FontanaCalifornia217,981196,0691.29%1,956/km²34.11/-117.46111
109Des MoinesIowa217,446203,4330.30%949/km²41.57/-93.61229
110OxnardCalifornia211,926197,8990.64%3,022/km²34.20/-119.2070
111Moreno ValleyCalifornia211,682193,3650.98%1,594/km²33.92/-117.21133
112BirminghamAlabama210,999212,237-0.18%558/km²33.53/-86.80378
113FayettevilleNorth Carolina208,254200,5640.56%544/km²35.08/-78.97383
114RochesterNew York206,318210,565-0.41%2,227/km²43.17/-77.6293
115AmarilloTexas203,290190,6950.61%774/km²35.20/-101.83263
116Port St. LucieFlorida202,769164,6032.99%658/km²27.28/-80.39308
117YonkersNew York202,127195,9760.22%4,333/km²40.95/-73.8747
118MckinneyTexas201,119131,1175.02%1,160/km²33.20/-96.66173
119Grand PrairieTexas200,699175,3961.69%1,072/km²32.69/-97.02187
120Salt Lake CityUtah200,662186,4401.16%697/km²40.78/-111.93288
121Grand RapidsMichigan200,498188,0400.68%1,742/km²42.96/-85.66115
122Little RockArkansas199,579193,5240.17%649/km²34.73/-92.36308
123HuntsvilleAlabama199,487180,1051.08%361/km²34.70/-86.67553
124Huntington BeachCalifornia199,470189,992-0.20%2,859/km²33.69/-118.0170
126AugustaGeorgia197,909195,8440.14%253/km²33.37/-82.07783
125AugustaGeorgia197,909195,8440.14%253/km²33.37/-82.07783
127Overland ParkKansas197,711173,3721.50%1,016/km²38.89/-94.69195
128MontgomeryAlabama197,337205,764-0.45%477/km²32.35/-86.27414
129TempeArizona196,133161,7192.37%1,894/km²33.39/-111.93104
130AkronOhio195,800199,110-0.31%1,219/km²41.08/-81.52161
131Cape CoralFlorida194,570154,3052.60%711/km²26.64/-82.00274
132TallahasseeFlorida194,170181,3760.57%746/km²30.46/-84.25260
133FriscoTexas192,384116,9895.24%1,096/km²33.16/-96.82176
134MobileAlabama191,437195,111-0.25%530/km²30.67/-88.10361
135KnoxvilleTennessee189,368178,8740.55%741/km²35.97/-83.95256
136ShreveportLouisiana188,206199,311-1.18%678/km²32.47/-93.79277
137BrownsvilleTexas187,093175,0230.59%546/km²26.00/-97.46343
138WorcesterMassachusetts184,559181,0450.01%1,907/km²42.27/-71.8197
139Santa ClaritaCalifornia183,922176,3200.35%1,078/km²34.41/-118.49171
140Sioux FallsSouth Dakota182,574153,8881.52%914/km²43.54/-96.73200
141Fort LauderdaleFlorida181,995165,5210.60%2,031/km²26.14/-80.1590
142VancouverWashington181,915161,7911.32%1,496/km²45.63/-122.60122
143Rancho CucamongaCalifornia181,823165,2690.98%1,755/km²34.12/-117.56104
144ChattanoogaTennessee181,624167,6740.75%490/km²35.07/-85.25370
145Newport NewsVirginia181,345180,719-0.09%1,013/km²37.08/-76.52179
146OntarioCalifornia180,583163,9241.38%1,396/km²34.04/-117.60129
147ProvidenceRhode Island179,870178,0420.12%3,774/km²41.82/-71.4248
148Elk GroveCalifornia179,835153,0151.91%1,649/km²38.41/-121.38109
149SalemOregon177,019154,6371.84%1,407/km²44.92/-123.02126
150OceansideCalifornia176,466167,0860.19%1,652/km²33.22/-117.31107
151Santa RosaCalifornia176,439167,8150.24%1,650/km²38.45/-122.71107
152CoronaCalifornia176,163152,3741.81%1,723/km²33.86/-117.57102
153EugeneOregon175,803156,1851.78%1,537/km²44.06/-123.12114
154Garden GroveCalifornia175,428170,8830.11%3,772/km²33.78/-117.9647
155PeoriaArizona175,387154,0652.18%385/km²33.79/-112.31455
156Pembroke PinesFlorida174,716154,7501.18%2,043/km²26.02/-80.3486
157Fort CollinsColorado171,266143,9861.39%1,183/km²40.55/-105.06145
158CaryNorth Carolina170,330135,2341.59%1,164/km²35.78/-78.81146
159SpringfieldMissouri169,080159,4980.35%793/km²37.19/-93.29213
160JacksonMississippi163,838173,514-1.07%570/km²32.32/-90.21288
161AlexandriaVirginia163,724139,9661.64%4,233/km²38.82/-77.0839
162HaywardCalifornia162,459144,1860.73%1,377/km²37.63/-122.10118
163HollywoodFlorida161,133140,7681.93%2,284/km²26.03/-80.1671
164LakewoodColorado160,429142,9801.27%1,442/km²39.70/-105.12111
165LancasterCalifornia159,800156,633-0.06%654/km²34.69/-118.18244
166SalinasCalifornia158,850150,4410.34%2,598/km²36.69/-121.6361
167SunnyvaleCalifornia157,727140,0811.06%2,769/km²37.39/-122.0357
168PalmdaleCalifornia157,125152,750-0.05%572/km²34.59/-118.11275
169ClarksvilleTennessee154,250132,9290.86%608/km²36.57/-87.35254
170EscondidoCalifornia153,242143,9110.36%1,589/km²33.13/-117.0796
171PomonaCalifornia152,788149,0580.06%2,570/km²34.06/-117.7659
172PasadenaTexas152,409149,043-0.21%1,349/km²29.66/-95.15113
173KilleenTexas151,761127,9211.87%1,082/km²31.08/-97.73140
174Macon Bibb CountyGeorgia150,218-0.52%233/km²32.81/-83.69646
175JolietIllinois149,645147,4330.31%906/km²41.52/-88.15165
176MurfreesboroTennessee149,605108,7554.10%990/km²35.85/-86.41151
177McallenTexas149,352129,8771.62%988/km²26.23/-98.25151
178SavannahGeorgia148,779136,2860.45%556/km²32.04/-81.05268
179NapervilleIllinois147,905141,8530.18%1,476/km²41.75/-88.16100
180PatersonNew Jersey146,919146,199-0.02%6,742/km²40.91/-74.1622
181ThorntonColorado146,825118,7722.35%1,571/km²39.92/-104.9493
182BellevueWashington146,773122,3631.24%1,694/km²47.60/-122.1687
183TorranceCalifornia145,857145,438-0.30%2,750/km²33.83/-118.3453
184RockfordIllinois145,338152,871-0.53%872/km²42.26/-89.06167
185MiramarFlorida144,599122,0411.44%1,900/km²25.98/-80.3476
186BridgeportConnecticut142,474144,229-0.80%3,426/km²41.19/-73.2042
187MesquiteTexas142,146139,824-0.37%1,163/km²32.76/-96.59122
188FullertonCalifornia142,119135,1610.33%2,446/km²33.89/-117.9358
189DentonTexas141,776113,3831.91%571/km²33.22/-97.14248
190WacoTexas141,725124,8051.75%615/km²31.56/-97.19231
191SyracuseNew York141,353145,170-0.48%2,180/km²43.04/-76.1465
192RosevilleCalifornia140,930118,7881.99%1,263/km²38.77/-121.32112
193OrangeCalifornia140,723136,4160.05%2,143/km²33.83/-117.7966
194SurpriseArizona140,237117,5171.83%502/km²33.67/-112.45279
195DaytonOhio140,231141,527-0.06%971/km²39.78/-84.20144
196CharlestonSouth Carolina140,178120,0831.40%496/km²32.82/-79.96282
197OlatheKansas139,892125,8721.06%886/km²38.88/-94.82158
198MidlandTexas138,891111,1471.04%721/km²32.02/-102.11193
199West Valley CityUtah138,359129,4800.43%1,506/km²40.69/-112.0192
200GainesvilleFlorida135,983124,3541.09%839/km²29.68/-82.35162
  • 2018 Estimate from World Population Review based on recent US Census Estimates
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