Largest Cities in the United States

The cities listed here are the major centers that anchor the largest metropolitan populations in the United States. They represent the 56 urban regions that were home to at least one million people during the national census in April 2020.

Altogether the cities and surrounding urban areas account for over half of the US population. In 2020, 189 million people lived in these urban centers, out of the country's 332 million people.

The table below lists the biggest 56 metropolitan areas identified by the US Census Bureau, the population estimated from the 2020 Census, and the corresponding city used for weather information on

Largest urban areas in the United States, listed by 2020 population size
Metropolitan Area 2020 Population City
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA  20,140,470 New York
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA  13,200,998 Los Angeles
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI  9,618,502 Chicago
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,637,387 Dallas
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,122,240 Houston
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,385,162 Washington
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 6,245,051 Philadelphia
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 6,138,333 Miami
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA 6,089,815 Atlanta
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 4,941,632 Boston
Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ 4,845,832 Phoenix
San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA 4,749,008 San Francisco
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,599,839 Riverside
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 4,392,041 Detroit
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 4,018,762 Seattle
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,690,261 Minneapolis
San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA 3,298,634 San Diego
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 3,175,275 Tampa
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,963,821 Denver
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 2,844,510 Baltimore
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,820,253 St. Louis
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,673,376 Orlando
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 2,660,329 Charlotte
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 2,558,143 San Antonio
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,512,859 Portland
Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA 2,397,382 Sacramento
Pittsburgh, PA 2,370,930 Pittsburgh
Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX 2,283,371 Austin
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,265,461 Las Vegas
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 2,256,884 Cincinnati
Kansas City, MO-KS 2,192,035 Kansas City
Columbus, OH 2,138,926 Columbus
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 2,111,040 Indianapolis
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 2,088,251 Cleveland
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,000,468 San Jose
Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN 1,989,519 Nashville
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,799,674 Virginia Beach
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 1,676,579 Providence
Jacksonville, FL 1,605,848 Jacksonville
Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI 1,574,731 Milwaukee
Oklahoma City, OK 1,425,695 Oklahoma City
Raleigh-Cary, NC 1,413,982 Raleigh
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,337,779 Memphis
Richmond, VA 1,314,434 Richmond
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 1,285,439 Louisville
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,271,845 New Orleans
Salt Lake City, UT 1,257,936 Salt Lake City
Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT 1,213,531 Hartford
Buffalo-Cheektowaga, NY 1,166,902 Buffalo
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 1,115,289 Birmingham
Rochester, NY 1,090,135 Rochester
Grand Rapids-Kentwood, MI 1,087,592 Grand Rapids 
Tucson, AZ 1,043,433 Tucson
Honolulu, HI 1,016,508 Honolulu
Tulsa, OK 1,015,331 Tulsa
Fresno, CA 1,008,654 Fresno bases its United States city weather rankings and data on these 56 major centers. The weather data provided here for a city usually comes from a region's major airport, as these collect the greatest range of weather information.


United States Census Bureau. Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas Population Totals and Components of Change: 2020-2021. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the United States and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021. CBSA-MET-EST2021-POP

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