What Are the Largest Cities in the United States?

As of 2014, the five largest cities in the United States by population are New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. The next five largest cities in the nation are Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas and San Jose.

With an estimated 8.5 million inhabitants, New York City is the most populated city in the United States and represents one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. The city is divided into five boroughs: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. New York is the economic hub of the United States, and the city serves as the headquarters to more Fortune 500 companies than any other city in the nation. Companies that are headquartered in New York include Verizon, JPMorgan Chase, IBM, Citigroup and AIG.

Los Angeles is the second most populated city, with an estimated 3.8 million inhabitants. Los Angeles is world-renowned for its entertainment industry, warm weather and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and it attracts millions of tourists and residents each year.

Chicago is the economic hub of the Midwest and the nation's third-largest city. It rests along the shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago has 2.7 million residents. The "Windy City" and its surrounding metropolitan area are home to many major organizations, including Boeing, Sears Holdings Corporation, McDonald's Corporation and Kraft Foods Group.