Top 20 Largest US cities by Population

Do you want to know the top 20 largest US cities by population? Then you are in the right place. Let’s look at the overview first. The United States is the home of over 300 million people. This population is divided into many large incorporated places. In the United States, an incorporated place consists of cities, towns, villages, and municipalities.

The last count of 2015 reported that there are now more than 300 incorporated places in the United States that have a population of more than one hundred thousand. This number seems to increase significantly from the previous count of 2012, where the number of incorporated places was mentioned to be 285.

The United States census bureau provides the data that supports the fact that there is a total of ten cities in the whole United States where the population surpasses the milestone of the million. The largest city amongst these is New York City which is the home of more than 9 million residents, closely followed by Los Angeles and Chicago each with nearly 3 million residents.

Amongst the southern United States cities, Houston claims the top position with a population of nearly 2.3 million people and Phoenix closely follows at 1.6 million.

Top 20 Largest US cities by Population

By population, the top 20 largest US cities are:

  1. New York City
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Chicago
  4. Houston
  5. Phoenix
  6. Philadelphia
  7. San Antonio
  8. San Diego
  9. Dallas
  10. San Jose
  11. Austin
  12. Jacksonville
  13. Fort Worth
  14. Columbus
  15. Charlotte
  16. Indianapolis
  17. San Francisco
  18. Seattle
  19. Denver
  20. Washington

1. New York City

New York City is the most populated city in the United States. It is located in New York County. Currently, New York City has a population of 8,930,002. Being the most populated city, it holds the number one position in the list of largest US cities by Population.

This city’s current annual growth rate of population is 0.71%. Since the last census to the most recent census, the population of the city has increased by 1.43%. New York City houses a demography of mixed races. The expected population of New York City by 2040 is 9 million. Amongst the five boroughs of this city, the Bronx is projected to take the highest growth rate around 14% while Manhattan is expected to take the slowest pace with 6.7%.

2. Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the largest city in the county of California. It is also the second largest city in the United States and currently houses a population of 3,919,973 people. Since the most recent census, the population of Los Angeles has been growing at an annual rate of 0.27%.

The area of Los Angeles is nearly 470 mi2, based on this, the population density is calculated to be 8,359 people in every square mile. The population demography of Los Angeles seems to be predominated by Whites with 48.9% while African-Americans acquire second place with 22.7%.

3. Chicago

Chicago is located in the cook county of Illinois. It is the third most populated city in the United States. Chicago currently houses a population of 27,565,46 people. Since the most recent census, the population of Chicago has been growing at an annual rate of 0.18%.

Chicago is placed over nearly 230 mi2 and has a population density of 12,124 people in every square mile. The demographic ratio of races in Chicago consists of 47.7% of Whites, 29.2% of African-Americans, 10.5% of other races, 6.8% of Asians and 5.3% of 2 or more races.

4. Houston

Houston is the largest city in Texas and it is also the fourth largest city in the whole United States according to its population. Houston is located in the Harris County of Texas. This city currently houses a population of 23,04,580 people. This city’s current annual growth rate of population is 0.88%. From the last census to the most recent census, the population of the city has increased by 1.78%.

Houston has an area of 641 mi2 which makes the calculation that brings the population density to 3,664 people per square mile. The demographic ratio of Houston comprises a racial composition that is, 51.54% of Whites, 22.83% of African-American races, 11.35% of other races, 7.02% of 2 or more races, 6.87% of Asians, 0.35% of native Americans and 0.05% of native Hawaiian people.

5. Phoenix

Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona and the fifth largest city in the United States. Phoenix is located in the Maricopa County of Arizona. This city currently houses a population of 1640641 people. The most recent census shows that the annual growth rate of the population was 2.02%. Meanwhile, the current annual growth rate of San Antonio’s population is 1.00%.

Phoenix covers an area of 519 mi2 which makes the calculation that brings the population density to 3,169 people per square mile. The demographic ratio of Phoenix comprises a racial composition that is, 68.23% of Whites, 7.10% of African American races, 10.31% of other races, 8.27% of 2 or more races, 3.86% of Asians, 2.03% of native Americans and 0.19% of native Hawaiian people.

6. Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the sixth most populated city in the United States. It is located in Delaware and Philadelphia County of Pennsylvania. Currently, Philadelphia has a population of 1,619,355. This city’s current annual growth rate of population is 0.48%. Since the most recent census, the current population growth rate is 0.97%. New York City houses are demography of mixed races.

The expected population of Philadelphia by 2050 is 2.1 million. The demographic ratio of Philadelphia comprises a racial composition that is, 39.33% of Whites, 41.36% of African American races, 7.27% of other races, 4.26% of 2 or more races, 7.42% of Asians, 0.33% of native Americans and 0.04% of native Hawaiian people.

7. San Antonio

San Antonio is located in the Bexar and Comal County of Texas. Besides being the seventh most populated city in the United States, it is also the second largest city in Texas county. San Antonio currently houses a population of 1456069 people.

The most recent census shows that the annual growth rate of the population was 1.49%. The current annual growth rate of San Antonio’s population is 0.74%. San Antonio is placed over nearly 486 mi2 and has a population density of 3002 people in every square mile. The demographic ratio of races in San Antonio consists of 71.90% of Whites, 6.78% of African Americans, 7.43% of other races, 2.98% of Asians and 10.13% of 2 or more races.

8. San Diego

San Diego is the second largest populated city in California and it is also the eighth largest populated city in the whole United States. San Diego is located in the San Diego County of California. This city currently houses a population of 1,402,838 people. The current annual growth rate of the population in San Diego is 0.57%. Meanwhile, the total growth rate was 1.15% annually from the last census to the most recent census.

San Diego covers an area of 326 mi2 which makes the calculation that brings the population density of 4,305 people per square mile. The demographic ratio of San Diego comprises a racial composition that is, 61.95% of Whites, 6.09% of African American races, 5.99% of other races, 7.77% of 2 or more races, 17.25% of Asians, 0.52% of native Americans and 0.42% of native Hawaiian people.

9. Dallas

Dallas is the third largest city in Texas and it is also the ninth largest city in the United States. Dallas is located in the Dallas County of Texas. This city currently houses a population of 1,304,379 people. Dallas’s population currently growing at a rate of 0.81%.

Dallas is spread over an area of 340 mi2 which makes the calculation that brings the population density of 3,902 people per square mile. The demographic ratio of Dallas comprises a racial composition that is, 57.75% of Whites, 24.30% of African-American races, 7.60% of other races, 6.37% of 2 or more races, 3.61% of Asians, 0.33% of native Americans and 0.04% of native Hawaiian people.

10. San Jose

San Jose is the third largest city in California and also is the tenth largest city in the whole of the United States. San Jose is located in the Santa Clara County of California. This city currently houses a population of 1,026,700 people. Currently, the annual growth rate of the population in San Jose city is 0.66%.

San Jose is spread across an area of 178 mi2 which makes the calculation that brings the population density of 5774 people per square mile. The demographic ratio of San Jose comprises a racial composition that is, 37.49% of Whites, 2.94% of African-American races, 13.43% of other races, 7.85% of 2 or more races, 37.19% of Asians, 0.59% of native Americans and 0.51% of native Hawaiian people.