What was the largest city in the US in 1850?

In 1850, the largest city in the US was New York, with a population of 515,547. The second largest city was Baltimore, with a population of 169,054. The third largest US city in 1850 was Boston, with a population of 136,881.

US Pop
Rank
City 1850 Population
1 New York, New York 515,547
2 Baltimore, Maryland 169,054
3 Boston, Massachusetts 136,881
4 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 121,376
5 New Orleans, Louisiana 116,375
6 Cincinnati, Ohio 115,435
7 Brooklyn, New York 96,838
8 St. Louis, Missouri 77,860
9 Spring Garden district, Pennsylvania 58,894
10 Albany, New York 50,763
11 Northern Liberties district, Pennsylvania 47,223
12 Kensington district, Pennsylvania 46,774
13 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 46,601
14 Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky 43,194
15 Charleston, South Carolina 42,985
16 Buffalo, New York 42,261
17 Providence, Rhode Island 41,513
18 Washington, District of Columbia 40,001
19 Newark, New Jersey 38,894
20 Southwark district, Pennsylvania 38,799
21 Rochester, New York 36,403
22 Lowell, Massachusetts 33,383
23 Williamsburgh, New York 30,780
24 Chicago, Illinois 29,963
25 Troy, New York 28,785
26 Richmond, Virginia 27,570
27 Moyamensing district, Pennsylvania 26,979
28 Syracuse, New York 22,271
29 Allegheny, Pennsylvania 21,262
30 Detroit, Michigan 21,019
31 Portland, Maine 20,815
32 Mobile, Alabama 20,515
33 New Haven, Connecticut 20,345
34 Salem, Massachusetts 20,264
35 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 20,061
36 Roxbury, Massachusetts 18,364
37 Columbus, Ohio 17,882
38 Utica, New York 17,565
39 Charlestown, Massachusetts 17,216
40 Worcester, Massachusetts 17,049
41 Cleveland, Ohio 17,034
42 New Bedford, Massachusetts 16,443
43 Reading, Pennsylvania 15,743
44 Savannah, Georgia 15,312
45 Cambridge, Massachusetts 15,215
46 Bangor, Maine 14,432
47 Norfolk, Virginia 14,326
48 Lynn, Massachusetts 14,257
49 Lafayette city (old), Louisiana 14,190
50 Petersburg, Virginia 14,010
51 Wilmington, Delaware 13,979
52 Manchester, New Hampshire 13,932
53 Hartford, Connecticut 13,555
54 Lancaster, Pennsylvania 12,369
55 Oswego, New York 12,205
56 Springfield, Massachusetts 11,766
57 Fall River, Massachusetts 11,524
58 Poughkeepsie, New York 11,511
59 Wheeling, Virginia 11,435
60 Paterson township, New Jersey 11,334
61 Dayton, Ohio 10,977
62 Taunton, Massachusetts 10,441
63 Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 10,165
64 Portsmouth, New Hampshire 9,738
65 Newburyport, Massachusetts 9,572
66 Newport, Rhode Island 9,563
67 Auburn, New York 9,548
68 Camden, New Jersey 9,479
69 Augusta, Georgia 9,448
70 Covington, Kentucky 9,408
71 New London, Connecticut 8,991
72 Schenectady, New York 8,921
73 Memphis, Tennessee 8,841
74 Alexandria, Virginia 8,734
75 Montgomery, Alabama 8,728
76 Portsmouth, Virginia 8,626
77 Concord, New Hampshire 8,576
78 Nantucket, Massachusetts 8,452
79 Georgetown, District of Columbia 8,366
80 Chicopee, Massachusetts 8,291
81 Lawrence, Massachusetts 8,282
82 Augusta, Maine 8,225
83 Dover, New Hampshire 8,196
84 New Albany, Indiana 8,181
85 Lexington, Kentucky 8,159
86 Danvers, Massachusetts 8,109
87 Indianapolis, Indiana 8,091
88 Lynchburg, Virginia 8,071
89 Bath, Maine 8,020
90 Madison, Indiana 8,012
91 Dorchester, Massachusetts 7,969
92 Zanesville, Ohio 7,929
93 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 7,834
94 Gloucester, Massachusetts 7,786
95 Warwick, Rhode Island 7,740
96 North Providence, Rhode Island 7,680
97 West Troy town (Watervliet), New York 7,564
98 Pottsville, Pennsylvania 7,515
99 Wilmington, North Carolina 7,264
100 Easton, Pennsylvania 7,250

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