What U.S. city has the largest population?
We used data from the 2010 U.S. Census, and with a population of 8,175,113, it looks like New York City, NY wins by a landslide! It beats the next closest city by more than 4 million people. We're impressed NYC (especially considering that our home state of Arkansas has a population of only 2.95 Million). Now that we know what city has the absolute highest population, let's take a closer look at it and the next 9 largest U.S. cities (this data came from the 2010 U.S. Census, too).
10 Largest U.S. Cities by Population
New York City, NY – It’s no surprise that NYC is the most populated city in America. After all, it’s a global power city leading the way in finance, media, fashion, technology, and entertainment. Whether you call it the Big Apple, the Capital of the World, or the Empire City, you could join the 8.1 million residents who call it home.
Los Angeles, CA – While the 2010 census shows more people moving out of California than in (about 100,000 more moved out than in), L.A. is still the second largest city in the country. If you’re into warm weather, entertainment, and sharing the city with 3.8 million people, the “Creative Capital of the World” might be the city for you.
Chicago, IL – The Windy City is home to 2.7 million people. According to a 2010 Census Bureau report, the downtown area is one of the fastest growing in the nation – more than 48,000 people moved to downtown Chicago between 2000 and 2010.
Houston, TX – With almost 2.1 million residents, Houston is the largest city in the big state of Texas. If you’re looking for a city that is culturally diverse, you may be intrigued to know that there are more than 90 languages spoken within the city.
Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia is the second largest city on the East Coast (behind NYC), and the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With historical landmarks such as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, you’ll quickly see why 1.5 million people find this city such a fascinating place to live.
Phoenix, AZ – Because the city has a total area of 517.9 square miles (about 2,797 people per square mile), the 1.4 million residents of Phoenix have plenty of room to move around! Perhaps a move to the Valley of the Sun will provide the city life you’re looking for without all the crowding.
San Antonio, TX – Known for SeaWorld, Six Flags, the Alamo, and its downtown River Walk, the 1.3 million San Antonio residents have plenty to enjoy! The city also has a strong military presence – Fort Sam Houston, Randolph ABF, and Lackland AFB make up the Joint Base San Antonio.
San Diego, CA – As the second largest city in California (behind L.A.), San Diego is known for its balmy weather, beautiful beaches, and U.S. Navy presence. It’s no wonder more than 1.3 million people choose to live here. If you’re craving sun, sand, and adventure, San Diego may be for you.
Dallas, TX – According to this Business Journal article, Dallas is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation, with a population of 1.1 million in 2010. Sources report that Dallas adds another person every four minutes and 10 seconds. Will you be the next person to move to the “Big D?”
- San Jose, CA – The “Capital of Silicon Valley” is seriously close to reaching one million residents - 945,942 called the city home in 2010. San Jose gets 301 days of sunshine per year on average, so you can definitely see why more and more people are moving to the city!
More U.S. cities with growing populations
Now that you know the top 10 largest cities in the U.S., check out which cities are not too far away from reaching the one million mark!
- Jacksonville, FL – 821,784
- Indianapolis, IN – 820,445
- San Francisco, CA – 805,235
- Austin, TX – 790,390
- Columbus, OH – 787,033
- Fort Worth, TX – 741,206
- Charlotte, NC – 731,424
- Detroit, MI – 713,777
- El Paso, TX – 649,121
- Memphis, TN – 646,889
- Baltimore, MD – 620,961
- Boston, MA – 617,594
- Seattle, WA – 608,660
- Washington, D.C. – 601,723
- Nashville, TN – 601,222
- Denver, CO – 600,158
- Louisville, KY – 597,337
- Milwaukee, WI – 594,833
- Portland, OR – 583,776
- Las Vegas, NV – 583,756
- Oklahoma City, OK – 579,999
- Albuquerque, NM – 545,852
- Tucson, AZ – 520,116
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