The 200 Largest Cities in the United States by Population 2022

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 as of 2020:

  1. New York City, NY (Population: 8,622,357)
  2. Los Angeles, CA (Population: 4,085,014)
  3. Chicago, IL (Population: 2,670,406)
  4. Houston, TX (Population: 2,378,146)
  5. Phoenix, AZ (Population: 1,743,469)
  6. Philadelphia, PA (Population: 1,590,402)
  7. San Antonio, TX (Population: 1,579,504)
  8. San Diego, CA (Population: 1,469,490)
  9. Dallas, TX (Population: 1,400,337)
  10. San Jose, CA (Population: 1,036,242)

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 2022 Pop. 2010 Census Change Density (mi²) Area (mi²)
1New York CityNew York8,930,0028,175,1339.23%29,729300.38
2Los AngelesCalifornia3,919,9733,792,6213.36%8,359468.96
3ChicagoIllinois2,756,5462,695,5982.26%12,124227.37
4HoustonTexas2,345,6062,099,45111.72%3,664640.19
5PhoenixArizona1,640,6411,445,63213.49%3,169517.67
6PhiladelphiaPennsylvania1,619,3551,526,0066.12%12,060134.28
7San AntonioTexas1,456,0691,327,4079.69%3,002485.11
8San DiegoCalifornia1,402,8381,307,4027.30%4,305325.88
9DallasTexas1,325,6911,197,81610.68%3,902339.74
10San JoseCalifornia1,026,700945,9428.54%5,774177.81
11AustinTexas996,147790,39026.03%3,114319.94
12JacksonvilleFlorida975,177821,78418.67%1,305747.47
13Fort WorthTexas954,457741,20628.77%2,762345.58
14ColumbusOhio929,492787,03318.10%4,240219.20
15CharlotteNorth Carolina903,211731,42423.49%2,940307.24
16IndianapolisIndiana901,082820,4459.83%2,492361.57
17San FranciscoCalifornia887,711805,23510.24%18,92746.90
18SeattleWashington762,687608,66025.31%9,09583.86
19DenverColorado738,594600,15823.07%4,818153.29
20WashingtonDistrict of Columbia707,109601,72317.51%11,56661.14
21NashvilleTennessee707,091601,22217.61%1,487475.54
22Oklahoma CityOklahoma701,266579,99920.91%1,156606.45
23BostonMassachusetts687,257617,59411.28%14,21748.34
24El PasoTexas684,753649,1215.49%2,660257.42
25PortlandOregon666,249583,77614.13%4,994133.42
26Las VegasNevada653,533583,75611.95%4,610141.77
27MemphisTennessee630,348646,889-2.56%1,986317.36
28DetroitMichigan624,177713,777-12.55%4,500138.72
29BaltimoreMaryland578,658620,961-6.81%7,14980.95
30MilwaukeeWisconsin573,700594,833-3.55%5,96596.18
31AlbuquerqueNew Mexico568,301545,8524.11%3,036187.22
32FresnoCalifornia551,595494,66511.51%4,808114.72
33TucsonArizona547,131520,1165.19%2,299238.01
34SacramentoCalifornia536,635466,48815.04%5,49197.73
35Kansas CityMissouri517,750459,78712.61%1,644314.89
36MesaArizona517,302439,04117.83%3,746138.09
37AtlantaGeorgia514,457420,00322.49%3,790135.74
38OmahaNebraska501,469408,95822.62%3,557140.98
39Colorado SpringsColorado491,467416,42718.02%2,520195
40RaleighNorth Carolina480,419403,89218.95%3,293145.89
41Long BeachCalifornia467,638462,2571.16%9,22450.70
42Virginia BeachVirginia463,766437,9945.88%1,895244.72
43MiamiFlorida450,797399,45712.85%12,52436.00
44OaklandCalifornia450,630390,72415.33%8,06255.89
45MinneapolisMinnesota439,430382,57814.86%8,13854
46TulsaOklahoma417,298391,9066.48%2,113197.48
47BakersfieldCalifornia414,649347,48319.33%2,769149.76
48WichitaKansas400,564382,3684.76%2,478161.66
49ArlingtonTexas400,032365,4389.47%4,17795.78
50AuroraColorado398,497325,07822.59%2,583154.27
51TampaFlorida394,809335,70917.60%3,463114.02
52New OrleansLouisiana392,031343,82914.02%2,314169.43
53ClevelandOhio367,786396,815-7.32%4,73477.69
54HonoluluHawaii353,706337,2564.88%5,84260.54
55AnaheimCalifornia348,936336,2653.77%6,93450.32
56LouisvilleKentucky344,794597,337-42.28%1,309263.43
57HendersonNevada329,586257,72927.88%3,107106.08
58LexingtonKentucky327,924295,80310.86%1,156283.64
59IrvineCalifornia326,730212,37553.85%4,97965.62
60StocktonCalifornia326,624291,70711.97%5,25462.17
61OrlandoFlorida321,427238,30034.88%2,907110.56
62Corpus ChristiTexas320,393305,2154.97%2,006159.70
63NewarkNew Jersey318,431277,14014.90%13,18924.14
64RiversideCalifornia317,224303,8714.39%3,90481.26
65St. PaulMinnesota316,819285,06811.14%6,09551.98
66CincinnatiOhio311,791296,9435.00%4,00677.84
67San JuanPuerto Rico311,038381,931-18.56%7,86839.53
68Santa AnaCalifornia307,367324,528-5.29%11,23427.36
69GreensboroNorth Carolina304,909269,66613.07%2,362129.07
70PittsburghPennsylvania302,425305,704-1.07%5,46155.38
71Jersey CityNew Jersey301,419247,59721.74%20,44414.74
72St. LouisMissouri298,034319,294-6.66%4,82761.74
73LincolnNebraska297,622258,37915.19%3,09396.22
74DurhamNorth Carolina294,542228,33029.00%2,625112.22
75AnchorageAlaska291,131291,826-0.24%1711,706.80
76PlanoTexas290,624259,84111.85%4,05471.68
77ChandlerArizona283,959236,12320.26%4,36065.12
78Chula VistaCalifornia281,801243,91615.53%5,67749.64
79BuffaloNew York281,757261,3107.82%6,97840.38
80GilbertArizona279,810208,45334.23%4,08668.47
81MadisonWisconsin277,166233,20918.85%3,49379.34
82RenoNevada271,953225,22120.75%2,501108.74
83North Las VegasNevada271,641216,96125.20%2,77198.02
84ToledoOhio267,603287,208-6.83%3,32580.49
85Fort WayneIndiana265,926253,6914.82%2,404110.64
86IrvingTexas264,762216,29022.41%3,94867.06
87LubbockTexas262,655229,57314.41%1,950134.72
88St. PetersburgFlorida261,016244,7696.64%4,21961.86
89LaredoTexas259,027236,0919.71%2,450105.74
90ChesapeakeVirginia254,864222,20914.70%753338.51
91Winston-SalemNorth Carolina253,531229,61710.41%1,912132.61
92GlendaleArizona252,645226,72111.43%4,10261.59
93GarlandTexas249,846226,87610.12%4,37957.06
94ScottsdaleArizona246,157217,38513.24%1,338183.99
95ArlingtonVirginia244,847207,62717.93%9,41826.00
96EnterpriseNevada244,501108,481125.39%4,78251.13
97BoiseIdaho241,686205,67117.51%2,88883.67
98Santa ClaritaCalifornia239,143176,32035.63%3,38070.75
99NorfolkVirginia237,045242,803-2.37%4,44953.27
100FremontCalifornia233,788214,0899.20%3,01877.47
101SpokaneWashington233,003208,91611.53%3,38968.76
102RichmondVirginia231,090204,21413.16%3,85659.92
103Baton RougeLouisiana227,066229,493-1.06%2,62786.45
104San BernardinoCalifornia224,537209,9246.96%3,61562.11
105TacomaWashington223,536198,39712.67%4,49249.76
106Spring ValleyNevada223,037178,39525.02%6,70733.25
107HialeahFlorida222,797224,669-0.83%10,32421.58
108HuntsvilleAlabama221,986180,10523.25%1,036214.36
109ModestoCalifornia221,924201,16510.32%5,16442.98
110FriscoTexas217,213116,98985.67%3,18868.13
111Des MoinesIowa216,273203,4336.31%2,45388.18
112YonkersNew York214,687195,9769.55%11,91918.01
113Port St. LucieFlorida212,901164,60329.34%1,786119.20
114Moreno ValleyCalifornia211,688193,3659.48%4,13051.26
115WorcesterMassachusetts211,612181,04516.88%5,66437.36
116RochesterNew York211,480210,5650.43%5,91335.77
117FontanaCalifornia210,857196,0697.54%4,89543.07
118ColumbusGeorgia210,330189,88510.77%972216.48
119FayettevilleNorth Carolina210,089200,5644.75%1,421147.85
120Sunrise ManorNevada208,868189,37210.30%6,25833.38
121McKinneyTexas208,146131,11758.75%3,10966.94
122Little RockArkansas204,405193,5245.62%1,703119.99
123AugustaGeorgia203,329195,8443.82%673302.27
124OxnardCalifornia202,895197,8992.52%7,64826.53
125Salt Lake CityUtah202,379186,4408.55%1,828110.70
126AmarilloTexas202,333190,6956.10%1,989101.74
127Overland ParkKansas202,012173,37216.52%2,68775.18
128Cape CoralFlorida201,958154,30530.88%1,906105.95
129Grand RapidsMichigan201,093188,0406.94%4,49344.76
130Huntington BeachCalifornia200,455189,9925.51%7,42327.00
131Sioux FallsSouth Dakota200,243153,88830.12%2,56078.23
132Grand PrairieTexas200,240175,39614.16%2,77172.25
133MontgomeryAlabama199,571205,764-3.01%1,248159.88
134TallahasseeFlorida199,127181,3769.79%1,982100.47
135BirminghamAlabama198,433212,237-6.50%1,358146.08
136PeoriaArizona198,369154,06528.76%1,127175.99
137GlendaleCalifornia197,507191,7193.02%6,48230.47
138VancouverWashington196,739161,79121.60%4,03648.74
139ProvidenceRhode Island193,512178,0428.69%10,51418.41
140KnoxvilleTennessee193,114178,8747.96%1,95698.71
141BrownsvilleTexas189,082175,0238.03%1,429132.32
142AkronOhio188,741199,110-5.21%3,04861.93
143Newport NewsVirginia187,353180,7193.67%2,71668.99
144Fort LauderdaleFlorida186,208165,52112.50%5,38434.59
145MobileAlabama185,427195,111-4.96%1,330139.47
146ShreveportLouisiana185,249199,311-7.06%1,725107.36
147ParadiseNevada184,852223,167-17.17%3,95646.73
148TempeArizona184,361161,71914.00%4,61239.98
149ChattanoogaTennessee183,783167,6749.61%1,286142.96
150CaryNorth Carolina182,619135,23435.04%3,11058.73
151EugeneOregon180,748156,18515.73%4,09544.14
152Elk GroveCalifornia180,746153,01518.12%4,30042.03
153Santa RosaCalifornia180,189167,8157.37%4,23842.52
154SalemOregon179,715154,63716.22%3,69148.69
155OntarioCalifornia177,533163,9248.30%3,55349.96
156AuroraIllinois177,070197,899-10.53%3,93445.01
157LancasterCalifornia176,892156,63312.93%1,87694.28
158Rancho CucamongaCalifornia176,289165,2696.67%4,39440.12
159OceansideCalifornia175,464167,0865.01%4,25341.26
160Fort CollinsColorado174,974143,98621.52%3,06057.18
161Pembroke PinesFlorida174,464154,75012.74%5,34032.67
162ClarksvilleTennessee173,480132,92930.51%1,75698.80
163PalmdaleCalifornia172,790152,75013.12%1,629106.08
164Garden GroveCalifornia172,163170,8830.75%9,58817.96
165SpringfieldMissouri171,112159,4987.28%2,07782.39
166HaywardCalifornia166,708144,18615.62%3,66145.54
167SalinasCalifornia166,162150,44110.45%7,09223.43
168AlexandriaVirginia163,367139,96616.72%10,93914.93
169PatersonNew Jersey162,438146,19911.11%19,3088.41
170MurfreesboroTennessee161,571108,75548.56%2,61861.71
171BayamonPuerto Rico161,242185,996-13.31%5,97726.98
172SunnyvaleCalifornia158,949140,08113.47%7,21522.03
173Kansas CityKansas158,771145,7868.91%1,272124.81
174LakewoodColorado158,584142,98010.91%3,68443.05
175KilleenTexas158,129127,92123.61%2,89954.55
176CoronaCalifornia158,088152,3743.75%3,95439.99
177BellevueWashington157,752122,36328.92%4,71533.46
178SpringfieldMassachusetts156,503153,0602.25%4,91131.87
179CharlestonSouth Carolina156,255120,08330.12%1,413110.55
180HollywoodFlorida155,527140,76810.48%5,70327.27
181RosevilleCalifornia153,569118,78829.28%3,48444.08
182PasadenaTexas152,532149,0432.34%3,50043.59
183EscondidoCalifornia152,464143,9115.94%4,08637.31
184PomonaCalifornia152,245149,0582.14%6,62522.98
185MesquiteTexas152,164139,8248.83%3,22047.25
186NapervilleIllinois151,078141,8536.50%3,89338.81
187JolietIllinois150,948147,4332.38%2,35364.15
188SavannahGeorgia150,078136,28610.12%1,444103.91
189JacksonMississippi149,739173,514-13.70%1,348111.09
190BridgeportConnecticut149,538144,2293.68%9,30916.06
191SyracuseNew York149,310145,1702.85%5,96525.03
192SurpriseArizona148,274117,51726.17%1,372108.06
193RockfordIllinois147,811152,871-3.31%2,29664.38
194TorranceCalifornia147,393145,4381.34%7,18320.52
195ThorntonColorado146,487118,77223.33%4,08135.89
196KentWashington145,42492,41157.37%4,30933.75
197FullertonCalifornia145,309135,1617.51%6,47822.43
198DentonTexas145,167113,38328.03%1,50896.24
199VisaliaCalifornia144,772124,44216.34%3,81737.92
200McAllenTexas144,676129,87711.39%2,20265.70
  • 2022 Estimate from World Population Review based on recent US Census Estimates
  • 2010 Census Population
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