30 Most Populated Cities in the United States

New York City is the United States’ largest metropolitan region and the most populated city. The metropolis has more than double the population of Los Angeles.
30 Most Populated cities in the United States of America
30 Most Populated cities in the United States of America

30 Most Populated Cities in the United States: With over 325 million residents, the United States is the third most populous country in the world. Its inhabitants are dispersed over the country’s major metropolitan centers, such as New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, as well as suburban areas in less populous states. Many major cities in the country have populations of over a million inhabitants. The largest city in the country, New York City, is also the most populous city. Which city in the US has the most residents? Here is the list of the most populated US cities according to the US Census data 2020. 

1. New York City

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State: New York

Total Population: 8,804,190

Density (in mi2): 29,298

Area (in mi2): 300.38 

Median Household Income: $67,046 

Other Names: The City that Never Sleeps, The Big Ben

 Famous Places: Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, Empire State Building

2. Los Angeles

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State: California

Total Population: 3,898,747

Density (in mi2): 8,304

Area (in mi2): 469.5

 Median Household Income: $65,290

Other Names: L.A., City of Angels, Hollywood,

Famous Places: Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica Pier

3. Chicago

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State: Illinois

Total Population: 2,746,388

Density (in mi2): 12,061

Area (in mi2): 227.7 

Median Household Income: $62,097

Other Names: The Windy City, City of Big Shoulders, The Second City, The White City

Famous Places: The Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Cloud Gate

4. Houston 

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State: Texas

Total Population: 2,304,580

Density (in mi2): 3,599

Area (in mi2): 640.4

Median Household Income: $53,600

Other Names: Bayou City, H-Town, Space City, The Big Heart

Famous Places: Houston Zoo, Space Centre Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston

5. Phoenix

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State: Arizona

Total Population: 1,608,139

Density (in mi2): 3,105

Area (in mi2): 518

Median Household Income: $60,914

Other Names: Valley of the Sun

Famous Places: Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Zoo, Heard Museum

6. Philadelphia

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State: Pennsylvania

Total Population: 1,603,797

Density (in mi2): 11,933

Area (in mi2): 134.4

Median Household Income: $49,127

Other Names: Philly, The City of Brotherly Love, The Birthplace of America, The Cradle of Liberty

Famous Places: Eastern State Penitentiary, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, The Franklin Institute 

7. San Antonio

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State: Texas

Total Population: 1,434,6625

Density (in mi2): 2,876

Area (in mi2): 498.8

Median Household Income: $53,420

Other Names: Alamo City, the Mission City, the River City

Famous Places: The Alamo, San Antonio River Walk, Sea World San Antonio 

8. San Diego

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State: California

Total Population: 1,381,611

Density (in mi2): 4,256

Area (in mi2): 325.9

Median Household Income: $83,454

Other Names: America’s Finest City, Plymouth of the West, Silicon Beach

Famous Places: Balboa Park, USS Midway Museum, Gaslamp Quarter 

9. Dallas

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State: Texas

Total Population: 1,304,379

Density (in mi2): 3,841

Area (in mi2): 339.6

Median Household Income: $54,747

Other Names: Big D, City of Hate, D-Town, Pegasus City, Triple D

Famous Places: Dallas Museum of Art, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden 

10. San Jose

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State: California

Total Population: 1,013,240

Density (in mi2): 5,683

Area (in mi2): 178.3

Median Household Income: $117,324

Other Names: Capital of Silicon Valley

Famous Places: Winchester Mystery House, California’s Great America, The Tech Interactive

11. Austin

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State: Texas

Total Population: 961,855

Density (in mi2): 3,007

Area (in mi2): 319.9

Median Household Income: $75,752

Other Names: ATX, Silicon Hills, Live Music Capital of the World, City of the Violet Crown

Famous Places: Texas Capitol, Barton Springs Municipal Pool, McKinney Falls State Park, Blanton Museum of Art

12. Jacksonville

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State: Florida

Total Population: 949,611

Density (in mi2): 1,936.5

Area (in mi2): 747.3

Median Household Income: $55,531

Other Names: The bold New City of the South, City on the Move, Gateway to Florida, the First Coast

Famous Places: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, MOSH, Little Talbot Island State

13. Fort Worth

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State: Texas

Total Population: 918,915

Density (in mi2): 2,646

Area (in mi2): 342.9

Median Household Income: $64,567

Other Names: Panther City, Cowtown, Funky Town, Queen City of the Prairie

Famous Places: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth Zoo 

14. Columbus

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State: Ohio

Total Population: 905,748

Density (in mi2): 4,117

Area (in mi2): 220

Median Household Income: $54,902 

Other Names: The Discovery City, Arch City, Cap City, Cbus, The Biggest Small Town in America

Famous Places: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Easton Town Center, Scioto Mile, North Market Farmer’s Market 

15. Indianapolis

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 State: Indiana

Total Population: 887,642

Density (in mi2): 2,455

Area (in mi2): 361.6

Median Household Income: $58,235

Other Names: The Crossroads of America, Railroad City

Famous Places: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Eiteljorg Museum

16. Charlotte

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State: North Carolina

Total Population: 874,579

Density (in mi2): 2,837

Area (in mi2): 308.3

Median Household Income: $65,359

Other Names: The Queen City, The QC, CLT, The Hornet’s Nest

Famous Places: NASCAR Hall of Fame, South Park Mall, Carowinds, Ramsey Creek Park

17. San Francisco

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State: California

Total Population: 873,965

Density (in mi2): 18,635

Area (in mi2): 46.9

Median Household Income: $119,136

Other Names: San Fran, Frisco, The City, The City by the Bay, Golden City

Famous Places: Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Lombard Street, Oracle Park

18. Seattle

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State: Washington

Total Population: 737,015

Density (in mi2): 8,795

Area (in mi2): 83.8

Median Household Income: $97,185 

Other Names: Rain City, Jet City, Coffee Capital of the World

Famous Places: Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass 

19. Denver

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State: Colorado

Total Population: 715,522

Density (in mi2): 4,674

Area (in mi2): 153,1

Median Household Income: $72,661

Other Names: Mile-High City

Famous Places: Rocky Mountain National Park, Vail and Nearby Mountain Towns, Mesa Verde National Park, Pikes Peak

20. Oklahoma City

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 State: Oklahoma

Total Population: 681,054

Density (in mi2): 1,123

Area (in mi2): 606.2

Median Household Income: $56,456

Other Names: OKC, The 405, The Big Friendly, Okies

Famous Places: National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City Zoo, Myriad Botanical Garden 

21. Nashville

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State: Tennessee

Total Population: 689,447

Density (in mi2): 1,449

Area (in mi2): 475.8

Median Household Income: $70,262

Other Names: Music City

Famous Places: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, The Parthenon 

22. El Paso

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State: Texas

Total Population: 678,815

Density (in mi2): 2,627

Area (in mi2): 258.4

Median Household Income: $48,866

Other Names: The Sun City

Famous Places: Hueco Tanks State Park, El Paso Museum of Art, Franklin Mountains State Park, Western Playland 

23. Washington

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State: District of Columbia

Total Population: 689,545

Density (in mi2): 11,286

Area (in mi2): 61.1

Median Household Income: $75,550

Other Names: The Evergreen State

Famous Places: United States Capitol, The White House, Library of Congress, Lincoln Memorial, National Gallery of Art

24. Boston

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State: Massachusetts

Total Population: 675,647

Density (in mi2): 13,989

Area (in mi2): 48.3

Median Household Income: $76,298

Other Names: Athens of America, Hub of the Universe, Cradle of Modern America, Puritan City

Famous Places: Museum of Fine Art, New England Aquarium, Fenway Park 

25. Las Vegas

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State: Nevada

Total Population: 641,903

Density (in mi2): 4,527

Area (in mi2): 141.8

Median Household Income: $58,377

Other Names: Sin City, Lost Wages, Vegas

Famous Places: Bellagio Hotel and Casino, MGM Grand, The Mirage, Las Vegas Strip

26. Portland

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State: Oregon

Total Population: 652,603

Density (in mi2): 4,888

Area (in mi2): 133.5

Median Household Income: $73,159

Other Names: The City of Roses

Famous Places: Washington Park, Columbia River Gorge National Park, Pittock Mansion 

27. Detroit

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 State: Michigan

Total Population: 639,111

Density (in mi2): 4,608

Area (in mi2): 138.7

Median Household Income: $64,994

Other Names: Arsenal of Democracy, City of Straits, Motor City

Famous Places: Detroit Institute of Arts, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Motown Museum 

28. Louisville

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State: Kentucky

Total Population: 633,045

Density (in mi2): 1,948

Area (in mi2): 324.9

Median Household Income: $54,929

Other Names: Derby City, Gateway to the South

Famous Places: Churchill Downs, Louisville Zoo, Kentucky Derby Museum, The Speed Art Museum

29. Memphis

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State: Tennessee

Total Population: 633,104

Density (in mi2): 2,132

Area (in mi2): 297

Median Household Income: $54,929

Other Names: Home of the Blues, Grind City

Famous Places: Graceland, Beale Street, Sun Studio, Stax Museum of American Soul Music 

30. Baltimore

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State: Maryland

Total Population: 585,708

Density (in mi2): 7,240

Area (in mi2): 80.9

Median Household Income: $35,384

Other Names: Charm City, The City That Reads

Famous Places: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Walters Art Gallery, National Aquarium

 

List of 30 Cities and their Population:

 

City 

Population (2020 Census)

New York

8,804,190

Los Angeles

3,898,747

Chicago

2,746,388

Houston

2,304,580

Phoenix

1,608,139

Philadelphia

1,603,797

San Antonio

1,434,625

San Diego

1,386,932

Dallas

1,304,379

San Jose

1,013,240

Austin

961,855

Jacksonville

949,611

Fort Worth

918,915

Columbus

905,748

Indianapolis

887,642

Charlotte

874,579

San Francisco

873,965

Seattle

737,015

Denver

715,522

Oklahoma City

681,054

Nashville

689,447

El Paso

678,815

Washington

689,545

Boston

675,647

Las Vegas

641,903

Portland

652,503

Detroit

639,111

Louisville

633,045

Memphis

633,104

Baltimore

585,708

 

As the above list shows, New York City is the most populated city in the United States, with a population of over 8 million. Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston are also big population hubs, with populations of over 2 million people apiece. Surprisingly, 8 of the top 10 most populated cities are in the country's southern half. This is most likely owing to the milder environment in the south, which draws retirees. Dallas, Austin, and Jacksonville have large populations, which is likely owing in part to their role as state capitals. Several of the largest cities are also popular tourist attractions.

FAQ

How many cities in the US have a population of over 1 million?

According to the US Census figure of 2020, 9 US cities have a population exceeding a million.

Which three cities are the most populated in the US?

New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago are the top 3 US cities in terms of population.

Which city has the highest population in the US?

New York City is the largest and most populated US city, with a population of over 8 million.
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