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 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 2020 Pop 2010 Census Change Density (km²) Area (km²)
1New York CityNew York8,323,3408,190,3601.62%10,699778
2Los AngelesCalifornia4,015,9403,795,3705.81%3,3061,215
3ChicagoIllinois2,694,2402,697,530-0.12%4,575589
4HoustonTexas2,340,8902,098,45011.55%1,4121,658
5PhoenixArizona1,703,0801,449,30017.51%1,2701,341
6PhiladelphiaPennsylvania1,591,8001,528,2904.16%4,577348
7San AntonioTexas1,578,0301,332,88018.39%1,2561,256
8San DiegoCalifornia1,447,1001,305,97010.81%1,715844
9DallasTexas1,382,2701,200,37015.15%1,571880
10San JoseCalifornia1,033,670954,4928.30%2,245461
11AustinTexas988,218806,42322.54%1,193829
12Fort WorthTexas932,116748,48124.53%1,041895
13JacksonvilleFlorida926,371823,12312.54%4791,936
14ColumbusOhio922,223790,93516.60%1,624568
15CharlotteNorth Carolina905,318738,53422.58%1,138796
16San FranciscoCalifornia896,047805,55011.23%7,376121
17IndianapolisIndiana875,929821,5556.62%935936
18SeattleWashington783,137610,63928.25%3,606217
19DenverColorado734,134603,35421.68%1,849397
20WashingtonDistrict of Columbia720,687605,08519.11%4,552158
21BostonMassachusetts710,195621,07414.35%5,673125
22El PasoTexas685,575650,7085.36%1,028667
23NashvilleTennessee673,167604,58711.34%5471,232
24DetroitMichigan667,272711,120-6.17%1,857359
25PortlandOregon664,103585,43613.44%1,922346
26Las VegasNevada662,000584,60613.24%1,803367
27Oklahoma CityOklahoma655,407582,28512.56%4171,571
28MemphisTennessee647,374652,309-0.76%788822
29LouisvilleKentucky624,890596,1554.82%916682
30BaltimoreMaryland590,479621,005-4.92%2,816210
31MilwaukeeWisconsin585,589594,881-1.56%2,351249
32AlbuquerqueNew Mexico561,188546,8062.63%1,157485
33TucsonArizona553,871527,1675.07%898616
34FresnoCalifornia538,195497,7218.13%1,811297
35MesaArizona527,666440,99519.65%1,475358
36AtlantaGeorgia523,738429,19322.03%1,490352
37SacramentoCalifornia521,769467,30211.66%2,061253
38Kansas CityMissouri505,198460,7379.65%619816
39MiamiFlorida486,388400,84121.34%5,21793
40Colorado SpringsColorado485,946420,54415.55%962505
41RaleighNorth Carolina481,958406,35518.61%1,276378
42OmahaNebraska470,702450,8874.39%1,289365
43Long BeachCalifornia463,218462,4400.17%3,528131
44Virginia BeachVirginia447,841438,8552.05%707634
45MinneapolisMinnesota437,069383,06714.10%3,125140
46OaklandCalifornia435,224391,44911.18%3,006145
47TampaFlorida413,704337,06222.74%1,401295
48ArlingtonTexas402,762366,13610.00%1,624248
49TulsaOklahoma396,543392,4211.05%775511
50BakersfieldCalifornia390,233349,40811.68%1,006388
51New OrleansLouisiana390,128347,77012.18%889439
52WichitaKansas388,771382,7261.58%929419
53AuroraColorado382,742326,07317.38%958400
54ClevelandOhio379,233395,890-4.21%1,885201
55AnaheimCalifornia352,911337,1064.69%2,708130
56HonoluluHawaii342,933339,1431.12%2,187157
57RiversideCalifornia336,285305,56810.05%1,598210
58San JuanPuerto Rico331,165381,931-13.29%3,234102
59Santa AnaCalifornia330,389325,3401.55%4,66271
60HendersonNevada330,084257,53228.17%1,201275
61LexingtonKentucky328,690296,84710.73%447735
62Corpus ChristiTexas325,406305,2816.59%787414
63StocktonCalifornia316,996292,4468.39%1,969161
64St. PaulMinnesota311,895285,4659.26%2,317135
65CincinnatiOhio306,487296,8373.25%1,520202
66IrvineCalifornia303,956213,39242.44%1,788170
67GreensboroNorth Carolina299,946269,58711.26%897334
68PittsburghPennsylvania294,860305,410-3.45%2,056143
69LincolnNebraska293,905259,26113.36%1,179249
70St. LouisMissouri293,792319,318-7.99%1,837160
71OrlandoFlorida291,739239,30821.91%1,019286
72PlanoTexas288,539261,22210.46%1,554186
73AnchorageAlaska285,634293,310-2.62%654,421
74NewarkNew Jersey282,862277,1582.06%4,52463
75DurhamNorth Carolina282,737230,71022.55%973291
76Chula VistaCalifornia277,289244,65613.34%2,157129
77St. PetersburgFlorida271,842245,22610.85%1,697160
78Jersey CityNew Jersey271,099248,3639.15%7,10038
79Fort WayneIndiana270,989254,1626.62%946287
80ToledoOhio270,651287,030-5.71%1,298208
81ChandlerArizona268,675236,47913.61%1,593169
82LaredoTexas264,703236,85911.76%967274
83MadisonWisconsin264,030233,71612.97%1,285205
84ScottsdaleArizona262,222217,61520.50%550477
85LubbockTexas260,823230,79613.01%747349
86RenoNevada260,258225,75015.29%924282
87GilbertArizona258,935209,43523.64%1,460177
88BuffaloNew York255,244261,301-2.32%2,441105
89GlendaleArizona254,500226,16812.53%1,595160
90North Las VegasNevada253,923216,84317.10%1,000254
91Winston-SalemNorth Carolina251,762230,0339.45%733343
92ChesapeakeVirginia248,106223,55010.98%283877
93GarlandTexas246,627227,3558.48%1,669148
94IrvingTexas243,738216,86712.39%1,403174
95HialeahFlorida243,208225,4607.87%4,35156
96NorfolkVirginia242,234242,998-0.31%1,756138
97FremontCalifornia239,525214,56111.63%1,194201
98BoiseIdaho234,576209,57811.93%1,082217
99ParadiseNevada233,689223,1674.71%1,931121
100RichmondVirginia232,055204,25613.61%1,495155
101ArlingtonVirginia231,803207,62711.64%3,44367
102SpokaneWashington223,266209,5236.56%1,254178
103TacomaWashington222,603198,22712.30%1,727129
104ModestoCalifornia218,758203,3147.60%1,965111
105FontanaCalifornia218,573197,34210.76%1,959112
106Des MoinesIowa217,891205,0046.29%954228
107San BernardinoCalifornia217,671209,8533.73%1,353161
108Baton RougeLouisiana216,701229,369-5.52%968224
109FriscoTexas215,060118,19281.96%1,219176
110Salt Lake CityUtah213,367186,57114.36%744287
111Moreno ValleyCalifornia212,992194,2419.65%1,604133
112OxnardCalifornia212,715198,4657.18%3,09669
113Santa ClaritaCalifornia210,543204,2133.10%1,149183
114BirminghamAlabama208,940211,743-1.32%552378
115McKinneyTexas208,487132,94356.82%1,203173
116Port St. LucieFlorida206,410164,84325.22%669309
117FayettevilleNorth Carolina205,646208,335-1.29%537383
118Grand RapidsMichigan205,289188,0039.19%1,771116
119GlendaleCalifornia204,765191,7266.80%2,59579
120RochesterNew York203,792210,452-3.16%2,20093
121HuntsvilleAlabama202,910180,96012.13%365555
122AmarilloTexas202,028191,2555.63%767264
123Huntington BeachCalifornia201,941191,3035.56%2,88770
124Spring ValleyNevada199,722178,39511.95%2,31986
125Cape CoralFlorida199,503154,73528.93%727274
126TallahasseeFlorida199,205181,5969.70%766260
127YonkersNew York199,021196,4051.33%4,26647
128AuroraIllinois198,870198,1570.36%1,706117
129Grand PrairieTexas198,442175,97912.76%1,060187
130AkronOhio198,148199,003-0.43%1,235160
131Little RockArkansas197,371193,9281.78%635311
132MontgomeryAlabama197,282205,593-4.04%476414
133Overland ParkKansas196,636174,04112.98%1,010195
134AugustaGeorgia196,303196,1920.06%251783
135TempeArizona194,218162,32619.65%1,876104
136Sunrise ManorNevada192,934189,3721.88%2,23286
137KnoxvilleTennessee191,060178,4327.08%747256
138Sioux FallsSouth Dakota190,519154,52623.29%940203
139ColumbusGeorgia189,296191,105-0.95%338561
140MobileAlabama186,804194,577-3.99%517361
141OntarioCalifornia186,653164,36913.56%1,442129
142VancouverWashington186,516167,62211.27%1,477126
143WorcesterMassachusetts186,433181,8782.50%1,92797
144Fort LauderdaleFlorida184,599166,13811.11%2,06190
145ChattanoogaTennessee184,143170,5597.96%497370
146ShreveportLouisiana183,819200,869-8.49%661278
147BrownsvilleTexas183,748175,4004.76%536343
148PeoriaArizona180,219154,89116.35%395456
149Rancho CucamongaCalifornia180,031166,2328.30%1,733104
150SalemOregon179,944155,22915.92%1,427126
151ProvidenceRhode Island178,901178,1000.45%3,75348
152EugeneOregon178,329156,52713.93%1,560114
153Elk GroveCalifornia177,406153,39415.65%1,630109
154Santa RosaCalifornia177,132175,3041.04%1,608110
155Newport NewsVirginia177,064180,925-2.13%991179
156Pembroke PinesFlorida177,058155,26814.03%2,09285
157OceansideCalifornia176,950167,9195.38%1,656107
158CaryNorth Carolina175,102137,02127.79%1,151152
159Fort CollinsColorado172,862145,26719.00%1,167148
160CoronaCalifornia171,213153,24911.72%1,653104
161Garden GroveCalifornia170,328171,186-0.50%3,66247
162SpringfieldMissouri169,552159,4846.31%795213
163AlexandriaVirginia165,748140,74017.77%4,28539
164BayamonPuerto Rico165,383185,996-11.08%2,36770
165ClarksvilleTennessee164,496133,48023.24%643256
166EnterpriseNevada164,314108,48151.47%1,241132
167HaywardCalifornia161,314144,74611.45%1,368118
168JacksonMississippi160,080173,738-7.86%556288
169LakewoodColorado158,660142,78611.12%1,423111
170LancasterCalifornia158,627156,8221.15%650244
171HollywoodFlorida158,239141,01812.21%2,24071
172PalmdaleCalifornia156,299152,9622.18%569275
173SalinasCalifornia155,619150,9043.12%2,56561
174SpringfieldMassachusetts155,472153,6131.21%1,88483
175BellevueWashington154,647128,35820.48%1,78487
176KilleenTexas153,973128,98019.38%1,090141
177Kansas CityKansas153,600145,8835.29%475323
178Macon CountyGeorgia152,519155,810-2.11%236646
179SunnyvaleCalifornia152,427140,4658.52%2,67157
180PomonaCalifornia152,405149,0832.23%2,56060
181EscondidoCalifornia152,245144,4375.41%1,57597
182PasadenaTexas151,891149,5291.58%1,346113
183MurfreesboroTennessee151,066109,52437.93%945160
184NapervilleIllinois149,196142,3884.78%1,484101
185JolietIllinois148,227147,6540.39%892166
186PatersonNew Jersey145,871146,397-0.36%6,69422
187SavannahGeorgia145,754137,4926.01%542269
188RockfordIllinois145,020153,148-5.31%870167
189MidlandTexas145,012111,28430.31%753193
190McAllenTexas144,279132,1239.20%848170
191WacoTexas144,015125,40914.84%626230
192RosevilleCalifornia143,921119,79520.14%1,261114
193TorranceCalifornia143,912145,183-0.88%2,70853
194ThorntonColorado143,890119,39120.52%1,54893
195MetairieLouisiana143,481138,4813.61%2,38260
196MiramarFlorida143,219122,29917.11%1,91775
197BridgeportConnecticut143,010144,858-1.28%3,43742
198OlatheKansas142,841126,24913.14%895160
199DentonTexas142,173117,05821.46%570249
200SurpriseArizona142,049117,67420.71%508280
  • 2018 Estimate from World Population Review based on recent US Census Estimates
  • 2010 Census Population
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