Which U.S. Cities Have the Largest Populations?

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As of the 2010 census, the U.S cities with the largest populations, starting from the most populous city, include New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas and San Jose are also among the top ten most populous U.S. cities.

As of July 1, 2014, the ranking of these cities remained the same according to population estimates. New York City leads the list with a population estimate of over eight million. Los Angeles has a population of about 3.9 million people, and Chicago has about 2.7 million people. Houston’s population is approximately 2.2 million. Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio and San Diego have populations of around 1.5, 1.5, 1.4 and 1.3 million people, respectively. Dallas and San Jose, with populations of 1.2 and 1.3 people respectively, close the list of the top ten most populous cities in the United States.

New York City has a higher number of people per square kilometer compared to other U.S. cities. If ranked in terms of land area, the same city takes position six, however. Houston leads in terms of land area. It occupies 599.6 square miles. As of July 1, 2014, San Antonio is the leading city in terms of population growth, with a population increment of more than 8 percent among the ten most populous cities.