Place State 2013 Population
1 New York ‐ city New York 8,405,837
NYC has always been the answer to What is the largest city in the US?, from the first census in 1790 to the present day. As of the present day, New York City is significantly larger any other US city, its population is larger than the next two largest cities combined. The population of New York City more than doubled between the 1890 and 1900 census when all 5 boroughs were consolidated into one city. As of the most recent census, the boroughs in order of population are (largest populations first): Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island.
2 Los Angeles ‐ city California 3,884,307
Los Angeles became the 2nd largest city in the United States during the early 1980s, cementing its rise to prominence by hosting the 1984 Summer Olympics. Los Angeles's population has grown in every census since it first cracked the top 100 cities in in 1890.
3 Chicago ‐ city Illinois 2,718,782
Chicago is the only city in the top 15 whose population is on the decline. Since the 1950 census, when Chicago's population was largest, its population has declined nearly 25%. Even with the decline, Chicago was the 2nd largest city in the United States for 10 consecutive censuses between 1890 and 1980.
4 Houston ‐ city Texas 2,195,914
Houston tops San Antonio and Dallas as the largest city in Texas, and 4th largest in the US. With population growth over 10% since the 2000 census, Houston is the fastest growing city among the top 5 cities in the US. However, given the population gap between Houston and number 3 Chicago, Houston is unlikely to move up the rankings anytime soon; it will likely continue to occupy the #4 spot it has held since 1990.
5 Philadelphia ‐ city Pennsylvania 1,553,165
6 Phoenix ‐ city Arizona 1,513,367

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7 San Antonio ‐ city Texas 1,409,019
8 San Diego ‐ city California 1,355,896
9 Dallas ‐ city Texas 1,257,676
10 San Jose ‐ city California 998,537
11 Austin ‐ city Texas 885,400
12 Indianapolis ‐ city Indiana 843,393
13 Jacksonville ‐ city Florida 842,583
14 San Francisco ‐ city California 837,442
15 Columbus ‐ city Ohio 822,553

Census Facts

When was the first US Census? 1790
When was the most recent US Census? 2010 - more details
16 Charlotte ‐ city North Carolina 792,862
17 Fort Worth ‐ city Texas 792,727
18 Detroit ‐ city Michigan 688,701
19 El Paso ‐ city Texas 674,433
20 Memphis ‐ city Tennessee 653,450
21 Seattle ‐ city Washington 652,405
22 Denver ‐ city Colorado 649,495
23 Washington ‐ city District of Columbia 646,449
24 Boston ‐ city Massachusetts 645,966
25 Nashville-Davidson ‐ met gov Tennessee 634,464
26 Baltimore ‐ city Maryland 622,104
27 Oklahoma City ‐ city Oklahoma 610,613
28 Louisville/Jefferson County ‐ met gov Kentucky 609,893
29 Portland ‐ city Oregon 609,456
30 Las Vegas ‐ city Nevada 603,488
31 Milwaukee ‐ city Wisconsin 599,164
32 Albuquerque ‐ city New Mexico 556,495
33 Tucson ‐ city Arizona 526,116
34 Fresno ‐ city California 509,924
35 Sacramento ‐ city California 479,686
36 Long Beach ‐ city California 469,428
37 Kansas City ‐ city Missouri 467,007
38 Mesa ‐ city Arizona 457,587
39 Virginia Beach ‐ city Virginia 448,479
40 Atlanta ‐ city Georgia 447,841
41 Colorado Springs ‐ city Colorado 439,886
42 Omaha ‐ city Nebraska 434,353
43 Raleigh ‐ city North Carolina 431,746
44 Miami ‐ city Florida 417,650
45 Oakland ‐ city California 406,253
46 Minneapolis ‐ city Minnesota 400,070
47 Tulsa ‐ city Oklahoma 398,121
48 Cleveland ‐ city Ohio 390,113
49 Wichita ‐ city Kansas 386,552
50 Arlington ‐ city Texas 379,577
51 New Orleans ‐ city Louisiana 378,715
52 Bakersfield ‐ city California 363,630
53 Tampa ‐ city Florida 352,957
54 Honolulu ‐ cdp Hawaii 347,884
55 Aurora ‐ city Colorado 345,803
56 Anaheim ‐ city California 345,012
57 Santa Ana ‐ city California 334,227
58 St. Louis ‐ city Missouri 318,416
59 Riverside ‐ city California 316,619
60 Corpus Christi ‐ city Texas 316,381
61 Lexington-Fayette ‐ urb cty Kentucky 308,428
62 Pittsburgh ‐ city Pennsylvania 305,841
63 Anchorage ‐ muni Alaska 300,950
64 Stockton ‐ city California 298,118
65 Cincinnati ‐ city Ohio 297,517
66 St. Paul ‐ city Minnesota 294,873
67 Toledo ‐ city Ohio 282,313
68 Greensboro ‐ city North Carolina 279,639
69 Newark ‐ city New Jersey 278,427
70 Plano ‐ city Texas 274,409
71 Henderson ‐ city Nevada 270,811
72 Lincoln ‐ city Nebraska 268,738
73 Buffalo ‐ city New York 258,959
74 Jersey City ‐ city New Jersey 257,342
75 Chula Vista ‐ city California 256,780
76 Fort Wayne ‐ city Indiana 256,496
77 Orlando ‐ city Florida 255,483
78 St. Petersburg ‐ city Florida 249,688
79 Chandler ‐ city Arizona 249,146
80 Laredo ‐ city Texas 248,142
81 Norfolk ‐ city Virginia 246,139
82 Durham ‐ city North Carolina 245,475
83 Madison ‐ city Wisconsin 243,344
84 Lubbock ‐ city Texas 239,538
85 Irvine ‐ city California 236,716
86 Winston-Salem ‐ city North Carolina 236,441
87 Glendale ‐ city Arizona 234,632
88 Garland ‐ city Texas 234,566
89 Hialeah ‐ city Florida 233,394
90 Reno ‐ city Nevada 233,294
91 Chesapeake ‐ city Virginia 230,571
92 Gilbert ‐ town Arizona 229,972
93 Baton Rouge ‐ city Louisiana 229,426
94 Irving ‐ city Texas 228,653
95 Scottsdale ‐ city Arizona 226,918
96 North Las Vegas ‐ city Nevada 226,877
97 Fremont ‐ city California 224,922
98 Boise City ‐ city Idaho 214,237
99 Richmond ‐ city Virginia 214,114
100 San Bernardino ‐ city California 213,708