The 30 Most Populous Cities

In 1910, each of the 10 most populous cities were within roughly 500 miles of the Canadian border. The recent 2010 Census show that seven of the top 10 are in states that border Mexico. The estimates also reveal that many of the nation’s fastest-growing cities experience much of their growth in suburban areas. Only three of the top 10 from 1910 remained on the list: New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Three of the current top 10 cities, Phoenix, San Jose, and San Diego, were not even among the 200 most populous in 1910, while three more, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, had populations of less than 100,000.


Rank City Name State Population
1 New York NY 8,175,133
2 Los Angeles CA 3,792,621
3 Chicago IL 2,695,598
4 Houston TX 2,099,451
5 Philadelphia PA 1,526,006
6 Phoenix AZ 1,445,632
7 San Antonio TX 1,327,407
8 San Diego CA 1,307,402
9 Dallas TX 1,197,816
10 San Jose CA 945,942
11 Indianapolis IN 829,718
12 Jacksonville FL 821,784
13 San Francisco CA 805,235
14 Austin TX 790,390
15 Columbus OH 787,033
16 Fort Worth TX 741,206
17 Louisville-Jefferson  KY 741,096
18 Charlotte NC 731,424
19 Detroit MI 713,777
20 El Paso TX 649,121
21 Memphis TN 646,889
22 Nashville-Davidson TN 626,681
23 Baltimore MD 620,961
24 Boston MA 617,594
25 Seattle WA 608,660
26 Washington DC 601,723
27 Denver CO 600,158
28 Milwaukee WI 594,833
29 Portland  OR 583,776
30 Las Vegas NV 583,756
   

Sources

U.S. Census Bureau. Table 1. The Most Populous Counties and Incorporated Places in 2010 in the United States: 2000 and 2010.

U.S. Census Bureau. Redistricting Data. Accessed April 12, 2011, http://2010.census.gov/news/press-kits/redistricting.html