The 200 Largest Cities in the United States by Population 2021

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 2021 Pop. 2010 Census Change Density (mi²) Area (mi²)
1New York CityNew York8,230,2908,190,2104,083300
2Los AngelesCalifornia3,983,5403,795,5101,266469
3ChicagoIllinois2,679,0802,697,4801,756227
4HoustonTexas2,323,6602,100,280541640
5PhoenixArizona1,733,6301,449,040499518
6PhiladelphiaPennsylvania1,585,0101,528,2801,759134
7San AntonioTexas1,581,7301,332,300486485
8San DiegoCalifornia1,427,7201,305,910653326
9DallasTexas1,347,1201,200,350591340
10AustinTexas1,011,790806,164471320
11San JoseCalifornia1,009,340954,940846178
12Fort WorthTexas942,323748,441406345
13JacksonvilleFlorida929,647823,114185747
14ColumbusOhio913,921790,943621219
15CharlotteNorth Carolina912,096738,444442307
16IndianapolisIndiana887,232821,579366361
17San FranciscoCalifornia883,255805,5052,80747
18SeattleWashington776,555610,6301,38084
19DenverColorado749,103603,359728153
20WashingtonDistrict of Columbia714,153605,2261,74161
21BostonMassachusetts695,506621,0482,14448
22El PasoTexas685,434650,671397257
23NashvilleTennessee678,448604,589213475
24Oklahoma CityOklahoma669,347582,516164606
25Las VegasNevada667,501584,576702142
26DetroitMichigan664,139711,131714139
27PortlandOregon662,549585,429740133
28MemphisTennessee651,011652,326306317
29LouisvilleKentucky615,924596,482348263
30MilwaukeeWisconsin587,721594,86591196
31BaltimoreMaryland575,584620,9151,06081
32AlbuquerqueNew Mexico562,281546,755448187
33TucsonArizona554,503527,160347238
34MesaArizona538,146440,993581138
35FresnoCalifornia537,100497,769698115
36SacramentoCalifornia525,398467,28680198
37AtlantaGeorgia524,067429,410575136
38Kansas CityMissouri501,957460,697238315
39Colorado SpringsColorado489,529420,685374195
40RaleighNorth Carolina483,579406,353494146
41OmahaNebraska479,978459,659507141
42MiamiFlorida478,251400,7791,98036
43Long BeachCalifornia456,154462,4311,34151
44Virginia BeachVirginia450,224438,859274245
45OaklandCalifornia440,981391,4061,17656
46MinneapolisMinnesota439,012383,0671,21254
47TampaFlorida404,636337,053529114
48TulsaOklahoma402,742392,403304197
49ArlingtonTexas400,316365,89262396
50WichitaKansas391,352382,745361162
51BakersfieldCalifornia389,007348,987387150
52AuroraColorado388,723326,055376154
53New OrleansLouisiana388,424347,772342169
54ClevelandOhio376,599395,92672278
55AnaheimCalifornia349,699336,7601,03650
56HendersonNevada341,531257,452480106
57HonoluluHawaii341,302339,12184061
58RiversideCalifornia334,772305,46661481
59Santa AnaCalifornia333,130325,3271,81527
60Corpus ChristiTexas327,144305,272305160
61LexingtonKentucky324,604296,848171284
62San JuanPuerto Rico323,279381,9311,21940
63StocktonCalifornia314,835292,88875562
64St. PaulMinnesota310,368285,51089052
65CincinnatiOhio307,266296,98058878
66GreensboroNorth Carolina301,094269,598348129
67PittsburghPennsylvania299,718305,28380755
68IrvineCalifornia298,739213,45067966
69St. LouisMissouri294,890319,33671262
70LincolnNebraska293,446259,45545596
71OrlandoFlorida290,520239,326392111
72DurhamNorth Carolina287,865230,727382112
73PlanoTexas285,537261,23459472
74AnchorageAlaska282,958293,321251,706
75NewarkNew Jersey282,529277,1751,74424
76Chula VistaCalifornia281,838244,64884650
77Fort WayneIndiana276,286254,161372111
78ChandlerArizona269,123236,45461665
79ToledoOhio268,609287,06549780
80St. PetersburgFlorida267,121245,22264462
81RenoNevada266,511225,652365109
82LaredoTexas265,761236,807375106
83ScottsdaleArizona265,249217,638215184
84North Las VegasNevada265,224216,83640398
85LubbockTexas263,648231,105292135
86MadisonWisconsin263,332233,73049579
87GilbertArizona262,514209,49357168
88Jersey CityNew Jersey258,523248,3242,61315
89GlendaleArizona257,233226,23662262
90BuffaloNew York254,290261,27593940
91Winston-SalemNorth Carolina250,765230,022282133
92ChesapeakeVirginia249,787223,556110338
93FremontCalifornia247,708214,55347777
94NorfolkVirginia241,056242,99967453
95IrvingTexas236,546216,85952667
96GarlandTexas236,366227,34561757
97ParadiseNevada235,087223,16775047
98ArlingtonVirginia233,464207,6271,33826
99RichmondVirginia232,866204,30257960
100HialeahFlorida230,135225,4701,58922
101BoiseIdaho229,993209,57641084
102SpokaneWashington227,579209,52549369
103FriscoTexas224,566118,20149168
104Moreno ValleyCalifornia221,387194,24064451
105TacomaWashington221,259198,23066350
106FontanaCalifornia217,237197,31775243
107ModestoCalifornia216,810203,30175243
108Baton RougeLouisiana216,328229,37437386
109Port St. LucieFlorida215,922164,848270119
110San BernardinoCalifornia214,706210,63751562
111McKinneyTexas214,035132,93447767
112FayettevilleNorth Carolina213,475208,337215148
113Santa ClaritaCalifornia211,839208,82244671
114Des MoinesIowa210,723205,03235688
115OxnardCalifornia208,101198,5391,16927
116BirminghamAlabama207,235212,328211146
117Spring ValleyNevada207,127178,39592833
118HuntsvilleAlabama205,472180,941143214
119RochesterNew York205,077210,21785536
120Cape CoralFlorida204,549154,731288106
121TempeArizona203,923162,32376040
122Grand RapidsMichigan202,767188,00767545
123YonkersNew York201,344196,4071,66618
124Overland ParkKansas201,034174,04039975
125Salt Lake CityUtah200,831186,643270111
126AmarilloTexas199,747191,249293102
127AugustaGeorgia199,614196,37598302
128ColumbusGeorgia198,969191,101137216
129TallahasseeFlorida197,974181,438294100
130MontgomeryAlabama197,777205,593184160
131Huntington BeachCalifornia197,417191,2961,09027
132AkronOhio197,023199,08147462
133Little RockArkansas196,968193,972245120
134GlendaleCalifornia196,533191,72096130
135Grand PrairieTexas195,651175,97440472
136AuroraIllinois194,873198,20764545
137Sunrise ManorNevada193,781189,37286533
138OntarioCalifornia193,594164,37757750
139Sioux FallsSouth Dakota190,583154,53336378
140KnoxvilleTennessee188,085178,25828499
141VancouverWashington187,615167,59557449
142MobileAlabama186,542194,577199139
143WorcesterMassachusetts185,174181,75973937
144ChattanoogaTennessee184,561170,574192143
145BrownsvilleTexas183,677175,362207132
146PeoriaArizona183,357154,846155176
147Fort LauderdaleFlorida183,109166,12678935
148ShreveportLouisiana182,616201,437254107
149Newport NewsVirginia180,629180,88839069
150ProvidenceRhode Island180,609178,0291,46218
151Elk GroveCalifornia179,119153,37563542
152Rancho CucamongaCalifornia178,119166,22666240
153SalemOregon177,803155,24754449
154Pembroke PinesFlorida176,823155,26580733
155Santa RosaCalifornia176,759175,23862043
156EugeneOregon176,464156,52759644
157OceansideCalifornia175,710168,07963541
158CaryNorth Carolina174,762137,08644459
159Fort CollinsColorado174,081145,26845457
160CoronaCalifornia172,652153,05264440
161EnterpriseNevada171,108108,48149951
162Garden GroveCalifornia170,542171,1811,41518
163SpringfieldMissouri168,568159,37630582
164ClarksvilleTennessee161,686133,48624499
165BayamonPuerto Rico161,034185,99689027
166LakewoodColorado160,441142,75955543
167AlexandriaVirginia160,146140,7291,59815
168HaywardCalifornia158,089144,83551746
169MurfreesboroTennessee157,816109,57238162
170KilleenTexas157,632129,02443155
171HollywoodFlorida155,689141,01385127
172LancasterCalifornia155,559156,82424694
173SalinasCalifornia155,101150,88798723
174JacksonMississippi154,340173,698207111
175MidlandTexas153,768111,27630874
176Macon CountyGeorgia153,671155,81492249
177Kansas CityKansas152,950145,878183125
178PalmdaleCalifornia152,921152,936215106
179SunnyvaleCalifornia152,495140,4621,03222
180SpringfieldMassachusetts152,160153,56971232
181EscondidoCalifornia151,289144,44060437
182PomonaCalifornia151,223149,10798123
183BellevueWashington150,364128,35767033
184SurpriseArizona149,558117,643206108
185NapervilleIllinois149,167142,40257339
186PasadenaTexas148,215149,52350744
187DentonTexas147,993117,01022996
188RosevilleCalifornia146,594119,91649644
189JolietIllinois146,572147,52434164
190ThorntonColorado145,688119,39160536
191McAllenTexas144,744132,09332866
192PatersonNew Jersey144,511146,3912,5608
193RockfordIllinois144,213153,14733464
194CarrolltonTexas143,718119,56458437
195BridgeportConnecticut143,653144,8641,33316
196MiramarFlorida142,445122,30073629
197Round RockTexas142,418100,77258636
198MetairieLouisiana142,135138,48191123
199OlatheKansas142,119126,26934462
200WacoTexas141,936125,37723889
  • 2018 Estimate from World Population Review based on recent US Census Estimates
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