THE 30 MOST POPULOUS CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES

Currently, the United States has an approximate population of 327 million inhabitants. Given that in 1900 it had 76 million inhabitants, the country’s population increase has been overwhelming. 

The United States is the third most populous country in the world, only behind China and India. In addition, it is the only industrialized nation in which large population increase is expected.

The United States has a birth rate of 13 births per 1000 population, which represents 5 births below the world average. Even so, its population growth rate is 0.7%, higher than in many developed countries.

Regarding immigration, Mexico has been the main source of new residents since the Immigration Act of 1965. In 2015, 47% of all immigrants were Hispanic and 26% Asian. So read along and know much about the most populous city in the United States.

The most populous cities in the United States

The list below does not take into account the population of metropolitan areas.

1. New York (New York) – 8.6 million inhabitants

New York – with more than 8.6 million inhabitants – is the most populous city in the United States. In addition to being the financial center of the country, New York is a leader in fashion, technology, and entertainment.

The demographic “boom” of the city took place between 1800 and 1900, going from 79 thousand to 3.4 million inhabitants. Already in the following decades, the population grew in a more controlled and gradual way. In 2000 the city reached 8 million inhabitants.

New York represents almost 40% of the population of its homonymous state. 

Its current population is 8,622,186  inhabitants.

2. Los Angeles (California) – 4.08 million inhabitants

The city of Los Angeles is the cultural, financial and commercial center of Southern California. With a population of 4,085,014 people, it is also the most populous city in the state of California.

3. Chicago (Illinois) – 2.67 million inhabitants

Of the ten most populous cities in the United States, Chicago is the only one experiencing a demographic decline (-0.32%). The city currently has 2,670,406 inhabitants.

4. Houston (Texas) – 2.37 million inhabitants

Houston is the most populous city in the state of Texas. If you are looking for a diverse and cultural city, Houston is the perfect city. The city has 2,378,146 inhabitants.

5. Phoenix (Arizona) – 1.74 million inhabitants

Due to its population density (1300 inhabitants per km²) – one of the lowest among the big cities – Phoenix is ​​the right city for those who hate crowds. The population of the city is 1,743,469 inhabitants.

6. San Antonio (Texas) – 1.59 million inhabitants

San Antonio is the second-most populous city in the state of Texas. Together with Phoenix, it is one of the cities with the highest population growth (+ 1.56%) among the 10 most populated. According to the latest estimates, the population of the city is 1,590,402 inhabitants.

7. Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) – 1.57 million inhabitants

Philadelphia is the most populous city in the state of Pennsylvania. Due to its low population growth (+ 0.18%), Philadelphia has gone from being the sixth most populous city in the country to be the seventh (in favor of San Antonio). The current population of Philadelphia is 1,579,504 inhabitants.

8. San Diego (California) – 1.46 million inhabitants

The population of San Diego is 1,469,490 inhabitants. It is the second-most populous city in the state of California, just behind Los Angeles.

9. Dallas (Texas) – 1.4 million inhabitants

Dallas is located in Dallas County, Texas. With 1,400,337 inhabitants, it is the third-largest city in the state after Houston and San Antonio.

10. San Jose (California) – 1.03 million inhabitants

The city of San Jose is the third most populous city in its state (California), after the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego. San Jose has a population of 1,036,242 inhabitants.

For more extensive details about the most populated cities in US we have provided you a table consisting of the City, State and Population of each in the United States.

Complete list of the 50 most populous cities in the United States

 CityStatePopulation
1.New YorkNew York8,622,357
2.Los AngelesCalifornia 4,085,014
3.ChicagoIllinois2,670,406
4.HoustonTexas2,378,146
5.PhoenixPensilvania1,743,469
6.San AntonioTexas1,590,402
7.PhiladelphiaPennsylvania1,579,504
8.San DiegoCalifornia1,469,490
9.DallasTexas1,400,337
10.Saint JosephCalifornia1,036,242
11.AustinTexas1,018,842
12.JacksonvilleFlorida934,439
13.Fort WorthTexas933,881
14.San FranciscoCalifornia906,419
15.CharlotteNorth Carolina904,675
16.ColumbusOhio900,274
17.IndianapolisIndiana866,640
18.SeattleWashington787,740
19.DenverColorado745,172
20.Washington D.C.D.C.724,342
21.BostonMassachusetts701,984
22.El PasoTexas701,120
23.NashvilleTennessee685,628
24.PortlandOregon676,831
25.Las VegasNevada674,768
26.Oklahoma CityOklahoma669,363
27.DetroitMichigan658,631
28.MemphisTennessee645,769
29.LouisvilleKentucky622,313
30.BaltimoreMaryland587,712

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