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:

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.

The 200 Largest Cities in the United States by Population 2024

Note: 2024 is projected based on recent estimates

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City
Rank
State
2024 Population
2020 Census
Annual Change
Density (mi²)
Area (mi²)
Type
New York1New York8,097,2828,740,292-1.95%26,950300.46
Los Angeles2California3,795,9363,895,848-0.65%8,068470.52
Chicago3Illinois2,638,1592,743,329-0.99%11,584227.75
Houston4Texas2,319,1192,299,2690.21%3,620640.61
Phoenix5Arizona1,662,6071,612,4590.76%3,208518.33
Philadelphia6Pennsylvania1,533,8281,600,684-1.08%11,416134.36
San Antonio7Texas1,513,9741,439,2571.25%3,034498.92
San Diego8California1,388,9961,386,2920.05%4,260326.09
Dallas9Texas1,302,7531,303,212-0.01%3,835339.68
Jacksonville10Florida997,164951,8801.15%1,334747.26
Fort Worth11Texas996,756923,6021.87%2,846350.27
Austin12Texas984,567965,8270.48%3,017326.37
San Jose13California956,4331,009,319-1.36%5,375177.94
Charlotte14North Carolina923,164875,7521.3%2,971310.76
Columbus15Ohio915,427906,4180.25%4,147220.72
Indianapolis (balance)16Indiana876,665887,177-0.3%2,428361.02
San Francisco17California788,478870,518-2.54%16,88446.70
Seattle18Washington759,915740,5650.64%9,04784
Denver19Colorado716,234717,606-0.05%4,679153.07
Oklahoma City20Oklahoma709,330683,0780.93%1,170606.48
Nashville (balance)21Tennessee687,150689,700-0.09%1,445475.57
Washington22District of Columbia681,683670,8390.4%11,15261.13
El Paso23Texas678,859679,255-0.01%2,623258.79
Las Vegas24Nevada665,640646,7940.71%4,692141.86
Boston25Massachusetts646,622675,466-1.1%13,37748.34
Detroit26Michigan631,524638,300-0.27%4,552138.74
Portland27Oregon622,882653,344-1.21%4,666133.49
Louisville/Jefferson County (balance)28Kentucky620,004631,912-0.48%2,357263.06
Memphis29Tennessee613,110635,225-0.89%2,070296.20
Baltimore30Maryland559,266583,157-1.06%6,90980.95
Albuquerque31New Mexico558,736564,888-0.27%2,984187.27
Milwaukee32Wisconsin556,111577,207-0.94%5,78296.17
Tucson33Arizona548,772542,6380.28%2,266242.19
Fresno34California546,718542,7100.18%4,720115.82
Sacramento35California526,669525,5280.05%5,33998.65
Atlanta36Georgia514,465499,8960.71%3,804135.25
Mesa37Arizona513,567505,8900.38%3,632141.38
Kansas City38Missouri511,532508,2200.16%1,626314.68
Colorado Springs39Colorado491,441480,3310.57%2,434201.87
Raleigh40North Carolina487,942465,3541.17%3,265149.45
Omaha41Nebraska480,194492,758-0.65%3,358142.98
Miami42Florida460,289442,8270.96%12,78736
Virginia Beach43Virginia451,637459,684-0.44%1,846244.72
Long Beach44California444,095465,585-1.2%8,76450.67
Oakland45California435,024440,943-0.34%7,77355.96
Minneapolis46Minnesota423,250430,710-0.44%7,83854
Bakersfield47California416,081405,2800.65%2,769150.27
Tulsa48Oklahoma411,308413,651-0.14%2,080197.76
Tampa49Florida408,510387,9241.28%3,595113.64
Arlington50Texas399,825394,2480.35%4,17295.84
Aurora51Colorado397,811386,7730.7%2,440163.01
Wichita52Kansas395,484398,024-0.16%2,427162.94
Cleveland53Ohio359,606371,806-0.84%4,62677.73
New Orleans54Louisiana357,767383,241-1.75%2,111169.50
Henderson55Nevada343,382319,0721.8%2,849120.52
Honolulu56Hawaii339,558347,181-0.65%5,60160.62
Anaheim57California338,463346,658-0.6%6,73150.28
Orlando58Florida325,044307,8341.34%2,922111.24
Riverside59California320,121315,0670.4%3,94581.15
Lexington60Kentucky319,329322,627-0.26%1,125283.86
Stockton61California319,065320,976-0.15%5,05763.09
Irvine62California316,691308,4110.66%4,82765.61
Corpus Christi63Texas316,105318,065-0.15%1,948162.28
Cincinnati64Ohio311,595309,6010.16%3,99977.91
Santa Ana65California310,304311,244-0.08%11,33527.38
Greensboro66North Carolina304,279296,3450.66%2,273133.86
Pittsburgh67Pennsylvania303,413302,7790.05%5,47955.38
Newark68New Jersey303,065310,645-0.62%12,55224.14
St. Paul69Minnesota301,380311,140-0.8%5,79951.97
Durham70North Carolina300,100284,4441.32%2,570116.75
Lincoln71Nebraska295,798291,6330.35%2,95999.97
North Las Vegas72Nevada292,623261,2142.76%2,778105.32
Jersey City73New Jersey291,559291,949-0.03%19,76914.75
Plano74Texas291,450286,4080.43%4,06571.70
Anchorage75Alaska284,469290,893-0.56%1671,707
Madison76Wisconsin282,005275,2040.61%3,39483.09
Chandler77Arizona281,107277,3450.34%4,28365.64
Reno78Nevada278,226264,9811.2%2,553108.99
Gilbert79Arizona277,490269,1730.76%4,04168.66
St. Louis80Missouri275,506300,496-2.22%4,46461.72
Chula Vista81California273,841275,809-0.18%5,51749.64
Buffalo82New York273,720277,551-0.35%6,77940.38
Fort Wayne83Indiana271,865264,3800.69%2,457110.63
Lubbock84Texas269,833258,0131.11%1,901141.96
St. Petersburg85Florida264,982259,2660.54%4,28761.80
Toledo86Ohio263,646270,276-0.63%3,27680.49
Laredo87Texas258,306255,4890.27%2,418106.82
Port St. Lucie88Florida257,756206,8155.2%2,162119.22
Glendale89Arizona255,490248,9490.64%3,80667.13
Chesapeake90Virginia255,254249,7810.54%754338.46
Winston-Salem91North Carolina254,032249,8040.42%1,902133.58
Irving92Texas253,561256,807-0.32%3,78666.98
Scottsdale93Arizona245,231241,8830.34%1,333184
Garland94Texas242,523246,311-0.39%4,26556.86
Enterprise95Nevada236,331214,5912.35%3,58166
Arlington96Virginia236,007236,4340.03%9,07826
Boise97Idaho235,216236,034-0.09%2,78284.55
Cape Coral98Florida234,132195,4224.31%2,206106.12
Frisco99Texas232,424202,7543.3%3,38968.59
Richmond100Virginia230,017226,9360.34%3,83859.92
Spokane101Washington229,527229,2050.03%3,33868.76
Norfolk102Virginia228,643237,789-0.99%4,29253.27
Huntsville103Alabama228,616216,4071.35%1,022223.63
Fremont104California224,800230,430-0.62%2,87878.10
San Bernardino105California224,274222,0900.24%3,61162.10
Tacoma106Washington223,968219,7190.48%4,50549.71
Spring Valley107Nevada221,531218,6970.32%6,23935.51
Santa Clarita108California221,235232,406-1.25%3,00573.61
Hialeah109Florida220,930222,408-0.17%10,23721.58
Modesto110California218,989218,6910.03%5,05143.36
McKinney111Texas218,846197,4972.5%3,26866.96
Fontana112California217,561209,1770.97%5,02743.28
Baton Rouge113Louisiana217,342226,264-1.02%2,50086.94
Moreno Valley114California213,566208,8680.55%4,16251.31
Salt Lake City115Utah212,570200,6601.42%1,917110.89
Sioux Falls116South Dakota210,734193,4372.1%2,54982.67
Fayetteville117North Carolina209,942209,1700.09%1,416148.27
Des Moines118Iowa209,232213,826-0.55%2,37388.16
Worcester119Massachusetts208,476205,0560.41%5,58037.36
Yonkers120New York206,544210,994-0.54%11,47118.01
Rochester121New York206,078210,862-0.58%5,76335.76
Little Rock122Arkansas204,244202,6340.2%1,698120.28
Grand Prairie123Texas204,093196,2550.97%2,81572.51
Tallahassee124Florida203,650197,9330.71%1,988102.43
Amarillo125Texas203,035200,5260.31%1,960103.61
Peoria126Arizona201,001191,9971.13%1,138176.70
Augusta-Richmond County (balance)127Georgia200,512201,999-0.18%663302.28
Knoxville128Tennessee200,400191,4461.13%2,03098.73
Columbus129Georgia200,167207,006-0.85%925216.50
Sunrise Manor130Nevada198,463198,1870.03%5,88733.71
Vancouver131Washington198,163191,2780.88%4,06548.75
Oxnard132California197,347201,911-0.57%7,43426.55
Overland Park133Kansas196,874197,734-0.11%2,61775.22
Grand Rapids134Michigan195,908198,707-0.36%4,37544.78
Birmingham135Alabama195,400200,375-0.63%1,329147.07
Montgomery136Alabama193,702200,041-0.81%1,212159.86
Tempe137Arizona191,336185,3280.79%4,78639.98
Brownsville138Texas191,209187,0040.55%1,451131.80
Providence139Rhode Island190,807190,7450.01%10,36718.41
Huntington Beach140California190,037198,405-1.09%7,04326.98
Paradise141Nevada189,495193,150-0.06%4,46942.40
Chattanooga142Tennessee188,850181,5680.97%1,327142.35
Akron143Ohio188,219190,146-0.26%3,03961.93
Clarksville144Tennessee185,118167,5092.44%1,85699.75
Fort Lauderdale145Florida184,709182,8920.25%5,34134.58
Ontario146California184,705175,7121.23%3,69549.98
Glendale147California184,088195,934-1.58%6,04030.48
Newport News148Virginia182,141186,047-0.53%2,64069
Cary149North Carolina181,754174,7780.97%3,02360.13
Mobile150Alabama181,253186,621-0.73%1,299139.48
Elk Grove151California179,069176,5690.35%4,20342.60
Eugene152Oregon178,056177,4280.09%4,00644.45
Salem153Oregon177,928175,9420.28%3,63648.93
Aurora154Illinois176,679180,215-0.5%3,92245.05
Santa Rosa155California175,140177,959-0.4%4,11742.54
Shreveport156Louisiana174,996186,848-1.67%1,618108.14
Rancho Cucamonga157California174,312174,683-0.05%3,74846.51
Pembroke Pines158Florida171,134171,0730.01%5,23632.68
Springfield159Missouri170,525169,1770.2%2,04983.21
Fort Collins160Colorado170,507169,9820.08%2,97957.23
Murfreesboro161Tennessee169,321153,7572.35%2,63464.28
Oceanside162California168,705173,965-0.77%4,08841.27
Garden Grove163California167,024171,863-0.72%9,30317.95
Denton164Texas164,096141,1073.63%1,69396.92
Lancaster165California163,950173,094-1.38%1,73994.28
Surprise166Arizona162,911144,4072.92%1,474110.50
Roseville167California162,674148,5162.22%3,69044.09
Killeen168Texas161,612153,7351.23%2,95854.63
Corona169California161,161157,4680.58%4,04039.89
Palmdale170California158,907168,895-1.55%1,498106.06
Salinas171California158,211163,391-0.81%6,72823.52
Charleston172South Carolina156,868150,8720.97%1,363115.05
Macon-Bibb County173Georgia156,337157,035-0.11%627249.38
Lakewood174Colorado155,865156,247-0.06%3,58743.46
Paterson175New Jersey155,495159,323-0.61%18,4838.41
Hollywood176Florida154,211152,8020.23%5,65927.25
Alexandria177Virginia153,927159,139-0.84%10,30614.94
Hayward178California153,344162,666-1.5%3,34745.82
Springfield179Massachusetts153,136155,280-0.35%4,80531.87
Kansas City180Kansas151,811156,298-0.73%1,217124.74
Bellevue181Washington151,505151,780-0.05%4,52733.47
Sunnyvale182California150,872155,250-0.72%6,83922.06
Joliet183Illinois150,568150,2510.05%2,27766.12
Naperville184Illinois150,520149,4190.18%3,84439.16
Olathe185Kansas149,419141,5861.33%2,39362.45
Bridgeport186Connecticut148,131147,7170.07%9,22116.06
McAllen187Texas147,989142,4040.95%2,37462.33
Savannah188Georgia147,845147,4560.07%1,358108.89
Escondido189California147,158151,014-0.65%3,94037.35
Gainesville190Florida147,001142,2450.81%2,29763.99
Mesquite191Texas146,547149,627-0.52%2,98549.10
Waco192Texas146,241140,5410.98%1,60791
Visalia193California146,073141,7710.74%3,82738.17
Thornton194Colorado145,834142,1850.63%3,99536.50
Rockford195Illinois145,270148,670-0.58%2,23265.08
Syracuse196New York145,171146,726-0.27%5,79325.06
Pasadena197Texas145,165151,368-1.06%3,32343.69
Columbia198South Carolina144,489136,1951.46%1,045138.26
Pomona199California143,674150,984-1.26%6,25122.98
Palm Bay200Florida140,700120,1633.79%1,62386.68
Jackson201Mississippi140,613152,997-2.15%1,259111.69
Victorville202California140,279134,6381.01%1,90373.71
Midland203Texas140,232132,8901.33%1,84675.98
Meridian204Idaho139,920119,4433.8%3,79636.86
Miramar205Florida139,586134,5160.92%4,83828.85
Metairie206Louisiana138,958138,511-0.39%6,00023.16
Orange207California137,965139,451-0.27%5,37525.67
Fullerton208California137,911143,267-0.96%6,15122.42
New Haven209Connecticut137,173129,7571.37%7,33918.69
Hampton210Virginia137,037137,280-0.04%2,66351.46
Torrance211California136,818146,442-1.73%6,66920.52
Stamford212Connecticut136,480135,4620.19%3,62737.63
Lewisville213Texas135,930126,4221.78%3,34340.66
Warren214Michigan135,832139,122-0.6%3,95134.38
Fargo215North Dakota135,588125,9861.8%2,66750.83
Elizabeth216New Jersey135,546136,677-0.21%11,00312.32
Cedar Rapids217Iowa135,358137,758-0.44%1,82574.16
Coral Springs218Florida135,152134,1680.18%5,91122.86
Dayton219Ohio134,850137,496-0.49%2,41655.81
Round Rock220Texas133,691120,5492.52%3,52637.92
Sterling Heights221Michigan133,055134,059-0.19%3,65136.45
Carrollton222Texas132,706133,552-0.16%3,62136.65
West Valley City223Utah132,635139,973-1.36%3,70235.83
Kent224Washington132,306136,592-0.8%3,91133.83
Pasadena225California131,926138,462-1.22%5,74622.96
Santa Clara226California131,886128,5880.63%7,21618.28
Norman227Oklahoma130,674128,1610.48%731178.65
Columbia228Missouri130,337126,3070.78%1,93667.31
Abilene229Texas130,251125,4170.94%1,221106.67
Athens-Clarke County (balance)230Georgia129,089127,2450.36%1,109116.44
Pearland231Texas128,316125,9960.45%2,63448.72
Clovis232California127,511120,7701.34%4,93225.85
College Station233Texas126,665120,7711.18%2,47651.16
West Palm Beach234Florida126,337117,5071.78%2,34553.87
Topeka235Kansas125,154126,437-0.26%2,03061.66
Lakeland236Florida125,056113,8882.28%1,87966.56
Wilmington237North Carolina125,007115,7701.88%2,43151.41
Simi Valley238California124,703126,343-0.33%3,00241.54
Allentown239Pennsylvania124,597125,727-0.23%7,09417.56
Lehigh Acres240Florida124,357124,523-0.03%1,34292.69
North Charleston241South Carolina123,441115,5511.62%1,59077.63
Rochester242Minnesota122,692121,5750.23%2,17256.49
Thousand Oaks243California122,342126,824-0.91%2,21455.26
The Woodlands244Texas122,272114,5321.61%2,82643.27
Billings245Montana122,077117,2241%2,67945.57
Vallejo246California121,778125,894-0.84%4,00130.43
Lafayette247Louisiana121,471121,4550%2,16956.02
Concord248California121,324125,286-0.81%3,96930.57
Fairfield249California121,079119,8330.26%2,91241.59
Broken Arrow250Oklahoma120,949113,9281.47%1,92162.96
Arvada251Colorado120,437124,343-0.8%3,09038.97
Independence252Missouri120,263122,899-0.55%1,54277.99
Spring Hill253Florida120,022113,7421.32%2,00359.92
Hartford254Connecticut119,626119,798-0.04%6,88317.38
Nampa255Idaho118,587101,3103.78%3,41034.77
Cambridge256Massachusetts118,212118,2180%18,4796.40
Ann Arbor257Michigan117,971123,611-1.18%4,16428.33
Antioch258California117,668115,3790.49%4,03429.17
High Point259North Carolina117,619114,8460.59%2,05257.33
New Braunfels260Texas117,39691,6435.8%2,60745.03
Berkeley261California117,214124,205-1.47%11,23610.43
League City262Texas116,874114,6570.48%2,27551.36
Menifee263California116,834103,2283%2,51546.46
Richardson264Texas116,813119,299-0.53%4,09028.56
Clearwater265Florida116,689117,333-0.14%4,45826.18
Goodyear266Arizona116,46097,8384.16%609191.31
Odessa267Texas116,015114,9260.24%2,23651.89
Las Cruces268New Mexico115,956111,6980.93%1,50776.93
Manchester269New Hampshire115,462115,508-0.01%3,49233.07
Waterbury270Connecticut115,360113,8800.32%4,04028.56
Evansville271Indiana114,651117,373-0.59%2,42147.35
Westminster272Colorado114,302116,594-0.5%3,61531.62
West Jordan273Utah114,200117,032-0.62%3,50532.59
Pompano Beach274Florida114,173111,9570.49%4,74424.07
Brandon275Florida114,109115,909-0.36%3,44433.13
Buckeye276Arizona113,95893,7614.64%289394.83
East Los Angeles277California113,940120,504-1.42%15,2887.45
Conroe278Texas113,91291,2555.23%1,50375.80
Lowell279Massachusetts113,907115,462-0.34%8,36913.61
Greeley280Colorado113,721109,2720.99%2,30049.43
Tuscaloosa281Alabama113,711104,2172.13%1,83062.15
Allen282Texas113,644105,5481.81%4,30426.40
Richmond283California113,409116,196-0.61%3,77530.04
Carlsbad284California113,018114,924-0.42%2,98937.81
Elgin285Illinois112,874114,617-0.39%2,95938.14
Provo286Utah112,756115,103-0.52%2,70441.70
Rio Rancho287New Mexico112,735104,4331.88%1,091103.36
Murrieta288California112,122111,1460.22%3,34333.54
Lansing289Michigan111,964112,566-0.14%2,85739.19
Springfield290Illinois111,959114,298-0.52%1,82861.26
Concord291North Carolina111,863104,8851.58%1,74764.03
South Fulton292Georgia111,823108,2110.81%1,20392.95
Tyler293Texas111,678106,2721.23%1,93257.79
Beaumont294Texas111,305114,857-0.79%1,35582.14
Everett295Washington111,275110,8930.08%3,31233.60
Temecula296California110,878110,0940.18%2,98237.18
Pueblo297Colorado110,803111,899-0.25%1,96156.49
Sparks298Nevada110,801108,8890.43%3,03636.49
Miami Gardens299Florida110,463111,477-0.23%5,97918.48
Santa Maria300California110,055109,7820.06%4,82522.81
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