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
2024 Population
2020 Census
Annual Change
Density (mi²)
Area (mi²)
New York City18,089,6898,740,647-1.5%26,931300.38
Los Angeles23,790,7423,895,836-0.41%8,083468.96
Chicago32,599,0592,740,076-1.25%11,431227.37
Houston42,325,3242,299,8670.48%3,632640.19
Phoenix51,682,5151,612,3371.15%3,250517.67
Philadelphia61,522,8141,600,600-1.44%11,341134.28
San Antonio71,510,6871,439,2251.27%3,114485.11
San Diego81,394,5181,386,8720.48%4,279325.88
Dallas91,317,2101,303,6410.68%3,877339.74
Jacksonville101,000,135951,7071.46%1,338747.47
Fort Worth11995,049923,5761.96%2,879345.58
Austin12984,655965,7680.52%3,078319.94
San Jose13950,7671,009,830-1.06%5,347177.81
Charlotte14928,154875,1151.67%3,021307.24
Columbus15917,811906,2660.54%4,187219.20
Indianapolis16877,023887,153-0.21%2,426361.57
San Francisco17802,805870,393-0.35%17,11646.90
Seattle18784,754740,5202.31%9,35883.86
Denver19717,110717,5560.27%4,678153.29
Oklahoma City20707,678683,0240.92%1,167606.45
Nashville21694,598689,7250.8%1,461475.54
Washington22677,827670,8680.45%11,08761.14
El Paso23675,418679,040-0.15%2,624257.42
Las Vegas24667,282646,7370.83%4,707141.77
Boston25643,044671,570-0.59%13,30348.34
Portland26618,451653,294-1.33%4,635133.42
Louisville27617,914632,441-0.53%2,346263.43
Memphis28611,204631,168-0.8%1,926317.36
Detroit29604,794637,342-1.27%4,360138.72
Milwaukee30558,235576,511-0.45%5,80496.18
Tucson31557,254542,6760.97%2,341238.01
Albuquerque32556,808564,855-0.38%2,974187.22
Baltimore33555,831583,139-1.25%6,86780.95
Fresno34548,881542,4470.3%4,784114.72
Sacramento35532,101525,6680.39%5,44597.73
Mesa36518,816505,8630.61%3,757138.09
Atlanta37512,047499,8681.28%3,772135.74
Kansas City38509,993508,1830.07%1,620314.89
Colorado Springs39492,088480,2920.6%2,524195
Raleigh40489,977464,3201.39%3,359145.89
Omaha41478,443492,601-0.7%3,394140.98
Miami42464,544442,7991.64%12,90536
Virginia Beach43449,494459,646-0.68%1,837244.72
Long Beach44445,253465,448-0.68%8,78350.70
Minneapolis45426,018430,6840.11%7,88954
Oakland46419,077440,873-1.35%7,49855.89
Bakersfield47413,783405,1810.38%2,763149.76
Tulsa48410,061413,603-0.22%2,076197.48
Tampa49408,733387,9081.31%3,585114.02
Aurora50399,871386,7490.8%2,592154.27
Arlington51397,250394,2120.33%4,14895.78
Wichita52395,218398,003-0.12%2,445161.66
New Orleans53355,121383,218-2.02%2,096169.43
Cleveland54354,043371,817-1.06%4,55777.69
Henderson55349,403319,0392.64%3,294106.08
Anaheim56341,035347,105-0.5%6,77750.32
Honolulu57337,075347,181-0.93%5,56760.54
Riverside58334,468315,4692.09%4,11681.26
Irvine59330,863308,9742.67%5,04265.62
Orlando60328,535307,7331.93%2,972110.56
Stockton61320,243321,023-0.24%5,15162.17
Lexington62320,095322,613-0.04%1,129283.64
Corpus Christi63313,061318,047-0.51%1,960159.70
Cincinnati64311,169309,5740.27%3,99877.84
Santa Ana65307,025309,921-0.19%11,22127.36
Greensboro66304,895296,9160.62%2,362129.07
Newark67301,408310,613-0.65%12,48424.14
North Las Vegas68299,381261,1913.25%3,05498.02
Pittsburgh69297,812302,762-0.85%5,37855.38
Durham70297,430284,3620.93%2,650112.22
St. Paul71295,228311,130-1.33%5,68051.98
Lincoln72294,929291,5760.39%3,06596.22
Plano73291,249286,3880.29%4,06371.68
Jersey City74290,726291,9190.7%19,71814.74
Anchorage75284,031290,866-0.55%1661,706.80
Chula Vista76283,494276,0410.77%5,71149.64
Chandler77283,175277,3270.44%4,34865.12
Madison78282,967270,3131.81%3,56779.34
Reno79280,294264,9651.24%2,578108.74
Gilbert80279,628269,1570.77%4,08468.47
Buffalo81273,768277,620-0.49%6,78040.38
St. Louis82272,610300,483-2.5%4,41561.74
Fort Wayne83271,037264,3610.58%2,450110.64
Lubbock84269,392257,9741.02%2,000134.72
St. Petersburg85265,602258,9970.83%4,29361.86
Toledo86261,415270,266-0.93%3,24880.49
Port St. Lucie87259,564206,8085.65%2,178119.20
Laredo88256,771255,4790.11%2,428105.74
Glendale89256,622248,9040.88%4,16661.59
Irving90255,023256,8660.06%3,80367.06
Chesapeake91253,986249,8030.3%750338.51
Winston-Salem92252,206249,7930.17%1,902132.61
Scottsdale93243,590241,8660.11%1,324183.99
Cape Coral94243,026195,4085.66%2,294105.95
Garland95238,184245,450-0.56%4,17457.06
Frisco96236,599202,7423.73%3,47368.13
Arlington97235,845236,434 9,07226
Boise98233,860236,018-0.59%2,79583.67
Richmond99232,981227,0080.78%3,88859.92
Spokane100231,132229,1870.21%3,36168.76
Norfolk101228,935237,738-0.88%4,29753.27
Huntsville102228,455216,3441.45%1,066214.36
Tacoma103226,142219,6930.97%4,54549.76
Enterprise104225,461214,591 4,41051.13
Spring Valley105220,114218,697 6,61933.25
Hialeah106218,916222,390-0.31%10,14421.58
Fremont107218,549230,194-1.2%2,82177.47
San Bernardino108218,500222,028-0.42%3,51862.11
Fontana109216,345208,6200.9%5,02343.07
Modesto110216,311218,654-0.4%5,03342.98
Baton Rouge111216,207226,265-1.2%2,50186.45
McKinney112215,667197,4741.93%3,22266.94
Santa Clarita113215,395228,065-1.36%3,04470.75
Moreno Valley114212,644209,1070.17%4,14951.26
Sioux Falls115212,630193,4092.54%2,71878.23
Salt Lake City116211,641200,6581.68%1,912110.70
Grand Prairie117210,675196,2782.14%2,91672.25
Des Moines118208,026213,814-0.72%2,35988.18
Fayetteville119207,281208,104-0.38%1,402147.85
Rochester120205,642211,167-0.89%5,75035.77
Worcester121204,637205,063-0.17%5,47737.36
Tallahassee122204,615197,9260.71%2,036100.47
Augusta123204,612202,0000.62%677302.27
Yonkers124204,479210,989-0.88%11,35218.01
Little Rock125204,132202,6220.31%1,701119.99
Peoria126203,652191,9611.44%1,157175.99
Amarillo127202,169200,5070.22%1,987101.74
Knoxville128200,471191,4781.16%2,03198.71
Sunrise Manor129198,325198,187 5,94233.38
Vancouver130198,018191,2590.89%4,06248.74
Overland Park131197,984197,7220.07%2,63375.18
Columbus132197,800206,998-1.2%914216.48
Oxnard133197,137202,244-0.83%7,43126.53
Tempe134195,770181,6802.57%4,89739.98
Grand Rapids135195,222198,698-0.43%4,36244.76
Birmingham136195,084200,329-0.47%1,335146.08
Montgomery137194,020200,024-0.76%1,214159.88
Brownsville138192,232186,9900.75%1,453132.32
Huntington Beach139190,004198,410-1.12%7,03627
Chattanooga140189,932181,5601.56%1,329142.96
Paradise141189,733193,150 4,06046.73
Clarksville142189,098167,4993.31%1,91498.80
Providence143188,527190,728-0.27%10,24318.41
Akron144188,427190,130-0.02%3,04261.93
Cary145186,238175,5101.6%3,17158.73
Fort Lauderdale146185,416182,8800.62%5,36134.59
Newport News147183,390186,033-0.25%2,65868.99
Glendale148183,119195,995-1.64%6,01030.47
Ontario149181,493175,8520.68%3,63349.96
Mobile150179,833186,611-0.95%1,289139.47
Rancho Cucamonga151178,670174,5710.66%4,45440.12
Eugene152177,863177,389-0.02%4,03044.14
Santa Rosa153177,245177,8350.02%4,16942.52
Salem154176,251175,931-0.35%3,62048.69
Elk Grove155176,108176,732-0.41%4,19042.03
Aurora156174,926180,197-0.83%3,88645.01
Murfreesboro157173,844153,7373.4%2,81761.71
Shreveport158173,803186,827-1.79%1,619107.36
Springfield159171,691169,1640.47%2,08482.39
Oceanside160170,759173,914-0.42%4,13941.26
Pembroke Pines161170,358171,0620.14%5,21432.67
Fort Collins162169,215169,979-0.01%2,95957.18
Lancaster163167,407173,040-0.53%1,77694.28
Garden Grove164166,740171,759-0.75%9,28617.96
Surprise165163,944144,3953.06%1,517108.06
Killeen166163,598153,7261.37%2,99954.55
Roseville167160,261148,4861.73%3,63644.08
Palmdale168159,485168,863-1.23%1,503106.08
Corona169159,137157,549-0.14%3,98039.99
Bellevue170158,719151,7661.91%4,74333.46
Charleston171157,450150,7421.21%1,424110.55
Salinas172156,908163,296-1.29%6,69723.43
Denton173156,643141,0972.05%1,62896.24
Macon174156,621157,0250.14%628249.40
Alexandria175156,169159,1250.21%10,45714.93
Sunnyvale176155,213155,2640.69%7,04622.03
Paterson177154,173159,153-0.8%18,3268.41
Lakewood178154,142156,236-0.64%3,58143.05
Hayward179153,372162,602-1.09%3,36845.54
Hollywood180153,096152,7920.15%5,61427.27
Springfield181152,296155,407-0.58%4,77931.87
Savannah182151,136147,4421.05%1,454103.91
Naperville183150,902149,4160.32%3,88838.81
Kansas City184150,457156,287-0.95%1,205124.81
Olathe185149,994141,5751.48%2,43361.64
Escondido186149,452151,139-0.27%4,00537.31
Joliet187148,999150,221-0.35%2,32364.15
Mesquite188148,055149,6660.05%3,13347.25
Bridgeport189147,989148,165-0.13%9,21216.06
Gainesville190147,732142,2030.86%2,34263.07
Waco191147,280140,5341.13%1,65888.86
Visalia192146,308141,8590.81%3,85837.92
Columbia193146,306136,1862.31%1,076136
McAllen194145,973142,3950.48%2,22265.70
Pasadena195145,638151,359-0.69%3,34143.59
Rockford196144,949148,407-0.6%2,25164.38
Thornton197143,978142,1760.24%4,01235.89
Pomona198143,801151,033-0.77%6,25722.98
Palm Bay199141,798120,1544.64%1,45097.81
Syracuse200141,707146,792-0.96%5,66125.03
Miramar201140,924134,5021.33%4,88428.85
Fullerton202140,505143,419-0.01%6,26422.43
Midland203140,322132,8762.14%1,88674.38
Metairie204140,046138,511 6,02123.26
Victorville205139,821134,6320.94%1,89973.62
New Haven206139,283133,9590.13%7,45218.69
Lewisville207139,217126,4282.96%3,79336.70
Jackson208138,531152,992-2.62%1,247111.09
Hampton209138,417137,2760.14%2,69051.46
Meridian210137,660119,4052.96%4,05333.97
Torrance211136,360146,589-1.72%6,64520.52
Cedar Rapids212135,543137,742-0.33%1,89371.62
Fargo213135,312125,9791.45%2,72049.74
Stamford214135,188135,548-0.37%3,59437.62
Warren215134,777139,101-0.86%3,92234.36
Carrollton216134,322133,5570.19%3,66336.67
Dayton217134,158137,484-0.66%2,42255.40
Orange218133,944139,428-0.83%5,21925.67
Coral Springs219133,825134,1590.17%5,85322.86
Kent220132,812136,580-0.59%3,93533.75
Round Rock221132,009120,5312.05%3,64536.21
West Valley City222131,820139,967-1.8%3,71735.47
Elizabeth223131,763136,651-0.95%10,69612.32
Sterling Heights224131,013134,112-0.59%3,59636.43
Pasadena225130,769138,304-1.3%5,69622.96
Norman226130,741128,1610.43%731178.83
Columbia227130,565126,4860.78%1,99165.57
Athens228129,937127,2430.53%1,117116.33
Abilene229129,835125,4040.95%1,217106.67
Pearland230128,995125,9890.8%2,67848.16
College Station231127,657120,7631.32%2,49651.15
Clovis232127,654120,6601.23%5,02425.41
Berkeley233127,230124,2063.36%12,14710.47
West Palm Beach234127,014117,4922.45%2,36153.81
Lakeland235125,697113,8942.29%1,90166.14
Wilmington236125,388115,7562.06%2,43951.40
Santa Clara237124,874127,894-0.82%6,85118.23
Billings238124,474117,2051.85%2,79044.61
Lehigh Acres239124,440124,523 1,34392.65
Topeka240124,099126,419-0.54%2,02061.44
Allentown241123,738125,722-0.55%7,05117.55
Rochester242122,178121,5650.12%2,21455.20
Ann Arbor243121,485123,6250.67%4,35227.91
Lafayette244121,195121,445-0.08%2,18455.50
Vallejo245121,146125,886-0.99%3,93030.82
Simi Valley246121,088126,335-1.35%2,91641.53
Broken Arrow247121,021113,9221.3%1,95961.78
Thousand Oaks248120,793126,770-1.42%2,18655.26
North Charleston249120,652115,5630.85%1,55777.50
Allen250120,615105,5373.9%4,56926.40
Hartford251120,324120,638-0.15%6,92417.38
Richardson252120,108119,3230.55%4,20528.57
Nampa253119,803101,3033.84%3,65032.82
Cambridge254119,300118,3490.34%18,6616.39
Concord255119,201125,256-1.42%3,90130.56
Independence256119,168122,974-0.85%1,52877.99
The Woodlands257118,402114,532 2,74043.21
Fairfield258118,344119,874-0.42%2,87341.19
Arvada259117,561124,394-1.68%3,03138.78
East Los Angeles260117,222120,504 15,7397.45
West Jordan261116,904117,0240.1%3,61732.33
Clearwater262116,895117,284-0.06%4,48226.08
Spring Hill263116,882113,742 1,95359.86
New Braunfels264116,05791,6215.14%2,56845.19
Las Cruces265115,958111,6990.9%1,50776.93
Antioch266115,864115,2510.26%3,94829.35
High Point267115,849114,2250.34%2,06955.98
Menifee268115,467103,1582.7%2,48546.47
Murrieta269115,337111,3180.68%3,43133.61
Manchester270115,077115,499-0.03%3,47933.08
Waterbury271115,052114,2930.02%4,03428.52
League City272115,032114,679-0.17%2,24451.26
Brandon273114,923115,909 3,46833.14
South Fulton274114,824108,2181.62%1,35484.79
Odessa275114,336114,9260.63%2,52845.22
Westminster276114,003116,302-0.23%3,60931.59
Evansville277113,907117,364-0.8%2,40747.32
Pompano Beach278113,874111,9540.69%4,74124.02
Tuscaloosa279113,642104,2141.36%1,83761.85
Temecula280113,636110,0130.84%3,04937.27
Concord281113,630105,9671.67%1,78963.50
Conroe282113,33991,2475.56%1,57571.95
Buckeye283113,26193,7543.52%288393.11
Goodyear284113,17096,9123.55%592191.19
Tyler285113,152106,2761.74%1,96957.45
Lansing286112,513112,554-0.01%2,87139.19
Rio Rancho287112,358104,3611.94%1,086103.42
Springfield288112,335114,264-0.42%1,84360.94
Lowell289112,248115,366-0.6%8,24913.61
Everett290112,095110,8810.34%3,37733.20
Carlsbad291112,032114,896-0.94%2,96837.75
Elgin292111,469114,604-0.76%2,97237.50
Richmond293111,441116,367-1.27%3,70830.05
Santa Maria294111,081109,7420.43%4,87122.81
Provo295110,763115,102-1.23%2,65841.67
Pueblo296110,386111,891-0.48%2,00854.96
Spokane Valley297110,383103,5251.41%2,92637.72
Greeley298110,365109,2640.53%2,25948.86
Peoria299109,323112,850-0.77%2,27848
Sugar Land300109,074110,822-0.16%2,69440.48
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