The 10 Largest Cities in the United States

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Love the amenities a city has to offer? Interested to live in places filled arts, nightlife and bustle? Or are you looking for the amenities without the crowds?

Regardless of the urban environment you’re seeking, we’ve compiled the list of the 10 most populated US cities as of this very moment:

  1. New York City (8,400,000) – No surprise here, as NYC  comes in at the top of the list with  more than twice the population of the second city on the list. The city is not for the crowd-averse, but if you enjoy fine dining, theater, and music, the Big Apple is hard to beat.
  2. Los Angeles (3,800,000) – The first of three California cities among the nation’s most populated, Los Angeles provides homes for close to 4  million citizens. Known for its throngs of would-be models and actors, Los Angeles is one of the country’s two entertainment hubs, along with New York.
  3. Chicago (2,850,000) – If Chicago’s deep-dish pizza and host of improv comedy performance groups are a draw, you may want to join the Windy City’s 2.85 million citizens.  Just don’t expect your hometown Cubs to take home a World Series anytime soon.
  4. Houston (2,250,000) – Houston is the first of three Texas cities on the list with a population of 2.25 million. The country’s largest city without formal zoning regulations, Houston hosts many companies in the oil and gas industry, in addition to biomedical research and aeronautics corporations.
  5. Phoenix (1,600,000) – This city comes in at #5 with 1.6 million people. The Arizona capital is also the hottest city in America, with average high temperatures above 100 degrees for three months out of the year, sometimes reaching 120.
  6. Philadelphia (1,500,000) – One of America’s capital cities during the Revolutionary War, the City of Brotherly Love is home to many early American landmarks. For just one example, consider Independence Hall, the building where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were authored.
  7. San Antonio (1,400,000) – Texas’s second largest city is home not just to 1.4 million people but to a vibrant collection of cultural events. The city’s major entertainment district, the river walk, is home to many bars, clubs, and pubs, including a Hard Rock Café.
  8. San Diego (1,350,000) – California’s second largest city houses just about 1.35 million people. Sitting on the Pacific coast, San Diego has a somewhat arid, Mediterranean climate. Most of the jobs in the city are in defense, manufacturing, and tourism. San Diego is home to many Navy and Marine Corps depots, as well as several Coast Guard stations.
  9. Dallas (1,295,000) – The third and final Texas city to grace the list is Dallas with just a shade fewer than 1.3 million people. The city is home to major league baseball, basketball, and hockey teams. (Though named for Dallas, the NFL’s Cowboys now play in Arlington.) The city is bustling with businesses, and is a place many Fortune 500 companies call home.
  10. San Jose (965,000) – Our final city, and the only on the top ten with fewer than one million citizens, is San Jose, California. Like most of the bay area, San Jose has a Mediterranean climate. Many jobs in the city are with computer and microprocessor companies.

How will the top ten change in the near future?

Well, we can rest assured that New York will long stand on the top of the heap. High paying Wall Street jobs will always draw folks to the world’s financial capital, and those high-earners will always draw other industries.

Expect Texas cities to climb, though. The Lone Star state is leading the nation in growth, thanks mostly to employers in the energy industry. This past December, Texas had a relatively low unemployment rate compared to the national average (8.3% compared to 10.0% at the time). Most of the state’s population growth has been in smaller towns, but growth begets growth, so expect Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston populations to rise.

Published or Updated: April 4, 2013
About Rob Berger

Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

Comments

  1. KWat says:

    Is this within city limits only? This cannot be metro areas? Where are Atlanta and Miami?

  2. Brianne says:

    These city limit numbers don’t really mean much since we usually think in terms of “metropolitan” area.

  3. Microfinance India says:

    the rich financial and other resources of the MNCs enable them to invest on R and D and develope the advanced technology in metro cities……..

  4. anonymous says:

    This IS within city limits.

  5. starkiller says:

    Is this correct?

  6. jc says:

    atlanta and miami? small towns in comparison. they might make the top 25 or 30

    • Brent says:

      Dear JC, I’m a Statistics Analyst, here’s a little info Chris The Real Numbers are as follows Atlanta by relative terms is it’s Metro, which is 6.2 million,and growing at a rate of over 2500 people per day, The Fastest growing in actual people, may not be highest percent of growth rates, but in actual person count number 1 Atlanta is so divided by county lines whch were drawn up nearly 100 years ago,Georgia has more counties than any other State, these lines impeed the true stats, theTrue City of Atlanta lies within 11 seperate counties, in comparable terms, Atlanta in real stats is Ranked behind only NY, LA, & Chicago, and tied with Houston… in regards to True Wealth of a City, Atlanta is only out ranked by NY. Then you have Miami, the way it’s City is you have the same situation, it’s City based on above articles numbers only slightly ranks in top 50 sities when in reality the South Florida Metro ie the Real Miami is 5.5 Million & Growing Miami Has Future Potential , with 3 MegaScrapers Scheduled to be built this decade, tieing theMega Sructure of NY, Atlanta Originally had the first selected site for a Megastructure, which was Proposed Back in the 80’s would have been the Tallest Building on Earth, Home to the World Merchandise Mart, it never came to light because of short sighted city planners who thought it would dwarph any cities’s skyline.

  7. Chris says:

    @ Jc. Miami and Atlanta small town?! HA! These stats are flawed because cities cheat and some include the entire county as the city or incorporate areas that must citues would consider outskirts. Jc, Have you been to Miami or Atlanta lately? I hardly think San Antonio and Phoinex outrank Miami. Miami and Atlanta are LARGE, diverse and IMPORTANT cities. With all due respect, People really need to either do their research or just get out more.

    • Brent says:

      Thanks Chris The Real Numbers are as follows Atlanta by relative terms is it’s Metro, which is 6.2 million,and growing ata rate of over 2500 peopl per day, The Fastest growing in actual people, may not be highest percent of growth rates, but in actual person count number 1 Atlanta is so divided by county lines whch were drawn up nearly 100 years ago,Georgia has more counties than any other State, these lines impeed the true stats, theTrue City of Atlanta lies within 11 seperate counties, in comparable terms, Atlanta in real stats is Ranked behind only NY, LA, & Chicago, and tied with Houston… in regards to True Wealth of a City, Atlanta is only out ranked by NY. Then you have Miami, the way it’s City is yu have the same situation, it’s City based onabove numbers only slightly ranks in top 50 sities when in reality the South Floida Metro ie te Real Miami is 5.5 Million & Growing Miami Has Future Potential , with 3 MegaScrapers Scheduled to be built this decade.

  8. Chris says:

    By the way, Jacksonville, Fl is ranked #11 ..However, they also cheat and count the entire county as the “City” population. If Miami did this, it would be ranked #4 on this list.

  9. Brent says:

    Exctactly Chis, & Dear JC, Atlant s so broken up So large it includes 11 Counties in Georgia, City limits impeeed so much by lines drawn up nearly 100 years ago, it’s Ppulation for it’s true Metro is 6.2 million, and the South Florida Metro which is Miami in laymen terms is 5.4 million …. Much larger than many of th Aove cities Metro’s in Comparison Only NY, LA, and Chicagorank Higher on real accountable Numbers,and in regards to Wealth, Atlanta Only Follows NY!!!

  10. nick langarica says:

    You guys must live in Miami & Atlanta sorry but their right I have been studying city growth for years and that is the way the numbers are and the city of my birth San Jose is Tenth in the nation

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