What Are the Top Ten Cities in the United States?


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The 10 largest U.S. cities are New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia; then, Phoenix, San Diego, San Antonio, Dallas and San Jose. The list is according to 2013 population estimates derived by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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The estimated populations of the three largest cities, including New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago, are 8,405,837, 3,884,307 and 2,718,782, respectively. The smallest of the 10 largest cities, San Jose, comes in at 998,537. Rounding out the top 15 are Austin, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, San Francisco and Columbus, according to 2013 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The 10 largest metropolitan areas are New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Boston, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Detroit, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego hold spots 11 through 15.

As of 2012, at least 285 cities across the United States have at least 100,000 residents. Sixty-two are in California, while Texas and Florida have 25 and 17 cities of such size, respectively.

With an estimated population exceeding 38 million, California is the most populated state, followed by Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Wyoming's population of 582,658 makes it the smallest, followed by Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska and Delaware.

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