The third largest country by total area, United States of America (USA) is also known as the world’s third most populous country. With America’s motto “In God We Trust,” the country is one of the world’s most ethical and multicultural diverse nations. While millions of tourists visit the country every year, millions of migrants and investors also try to find their luck in this beautiful land.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the country’s population is approximately about 322,398,000. With its 50 states, five major territories, a federal district, and various possessions, USA ranked third with the highest populations in the world next to China and India. Did you know that foreign-born immigration continues the massive increase in the country’s population growth? As of 2015, the survey says it has reached 45 million with its foreign-born population.
Here’s a compiled list of the Top 10 Cities by Population in the USA. The list scoped to the population of individual municipalities within their defined limits. Hence, other cities o unincorporated suburban area within urban agglomerations is not included. Starting off from the least:
10. San Jose, California (Population: 1,015,785)
The third largest city by population in California, San Jose was first inhabited by the Ohlone people before the arrival of the Spanish. It was once called San José de Guadalupe on November 29, 1777, as the first civilian town of Alta California under the colonization of Spain.
The city has then expanded its land area as it progressed and developed which resulted in a rapid population growth. As the city consistently develops, the high-technology and electronics industries further elevated transforming from an agricultural land to an urbanized metropolitan area.
9. Dallas, Texas (Population: 1,281,047)
The third most populous city in Texas, Dallas is known for its historical importance in the oil and cotton industries. A 3.4 million increase in the metropolitan employee rate was observed in August 2015. The economy primarily focuses on banking, commerce, telecommunications, computer technology, energy, healthcare, medical research, transportation and logistics.
Due to the construction of major railways through the area, Dallas rapidly increased with its easier access to cotton, cattle, and oil in North and East Texas. Now, the city is recognized as a major industrial and financial center and a major inland port.
8. San Diego, California (Population: 1,381,069)
The second largest city in California, San Diego is a major city in the country. Also called the motherland of California, the city is known for its mild year-round climatic conditions, natural deep-water harbor, wide-ranging beaches, long association with the US Navy, and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology development center with the presence of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the affiliation of the UCSD Medical Center.
In its history, Kumeyaay people are the first inhabitants of the city before it became part of the USA. San Diego is the economic hub of the region as well as in the metropolitan area. Its economy is based on military and defense-related activities, tourism, international trade, and manufacturing.
7. San Antonio, Texas (Population: 1,436,697)
A home for the San Antonio Spurs, San Antonio is the second most populated city in Texas. Did you know that San Antonio was named after a Saint? The city’s name was given after the 1691 Spanish expedition in the area with the name of Saint Anthony of Padua.
Regarding its tourism, the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau noted that an estimate of 26 million tourists visits the city on an annual basis. The city also hosts one of the largest events in the country, the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
6. Phoenix, Arizona (Population: 1,537,058)
The most populated state capital in the US, Phoenix is also known as the Valley of the Sun. The city ranked as one of the largest cities in the country by land area, the sixth most populous city nationwide, and the 13th largest metro area by population.
In 1881, Phoenix was first recognized as a city. Due to its location, the city experiences a subtropical desert climate, and farming has become the source of their living. And just remember these five C’s which is the main source of the economy before the high-tech industries begun – Cotton, Cattle, Citrus, Climate, and Copper.
5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Population: 1,560,297)
Here’s another fun fact trivia, did you know that Philadelphia is the only World Heritage City in the United States of America? Well, yes. The city is also the economic hub of the Delaware Valley. While the population increases, its economy is also consistently growing.
Philadelphia has turned into an educational and economic hub as it is the top international destination. While the city progresses, more high-rise building is prominent in the area. Known for its arts, culture, and history, over 39 million visitors come in and out of the city while it boasts of the world’s largest landscaped urban park, the Fairmount Park.
4. Houston, Texas (Population: 2,239,558)
Also known as the Space City, Houston is the home of the NASA’s Johnson Space Center where the Mission Control Center is situated. In the mid-twentieth century, the city became the hub of the largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions in the world, the Texas Medical Center.
Houston’s economy is based in energy, aeronautics, manufacturing, and transportation while it is also leading in the healthcare and building oilfield equipment sectors. As a global city, Houston focuses on business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine and research.
3. Chicago, Illinois (Population: 2,722,389)
In 1837, Chicago was incorporated as a city. Chicago is the international center for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation.
While the city catered about 50.2 million visitors in 2014, the city is known for its culture such as the visual arts, novels, film, theater (improvisational comedy), music (jazz, blues, soul, gospel and house music). Also called the Windy City, Chicago is known for the professional sports teams worldwide.
2. Los Angeles, California (Population: 3,928,864)
The second largest city in the US, Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, urban sprawl, and the major American entertainment industry center. Also called the City of Angels, LA is a global city which focuses on entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine, and research.
LA is the home of the Hollywood which makes the city leads in the creation of television shows, video games, and recorded music. It is also one of the leaders in motion picture production.
1. New York, USA (Population: 8,491,079)
Home of the Empire State Building, Time Square, and the Statue of Liberty, New York is of the most visited cities and the most migrated cities in the USA. NYC highly focuses on commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, entertainment and education.
Due to its consistently growing economy, the city is a major international diplomacy center and the cultural and financial capital of the world. New York was derived for the 17th century Duke of York, future King James II of England.