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20 Biggest Cities

Largest Cities in the United States Based on Population

By 20 Largest U.S. Cities Based on Population

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What follows is a listing of the 20 largest cities in the United States based on the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau as of July 1, 2006.

Notice that more than half of large cities are located what could be broadly be defined as the "Sunbelt." The warmer regions of the United States are those that are growing most rapidly.

With the July 1, 2006 estimates, Phoenix replaced Philadelphia as the fifth largest city in the United States.

1. New York, New York - 8,214,426
2. Los Angeles, California - 3,849,378
3. Chicago, Illinois - 2,833,321
4. Houston, Texas - 2,144,491
5. Phoenix, Arizona - 1,512,986
6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 1,448,394
7. San Antonio, Texas - 1,296,682
8. San Diego, California - 1,256,951
9. Dallas, Texas - 1,232,940
10. San Jose, California - 929,936
11. Detroit, Michigan - 871,121
12. Jacksonville, Florida - 794,555
13. Indianapolis, Indiana - 785,597
14. San Francisco, California - 744,041
15. Columbus, Ohio - 733,203
16. Austin, Texas - 709,893
17. Memphis, Tennessee - 670,902
18. Fort Worth, Texas - 653,320
19. Baltimore, Maryland - 631,366
20. Charlotte, North Carolina - 630,478

Source: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau

 

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