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The largest US cities:
Nine cities with more than one million people
New York City and Los Angeles grow fastest
By Tann vom Hove and Josh J Fecht

Introduction to largest US cities | Largest US cities 1 to 100 | Largest US cities 101 to 200 | Fastest growing US cities | The fastest shrinking US cities | Historical ranking of America's largest cities |

29 May 2013: The US has nine cities with populations topping one million. New York City, with more than eight million residents, is by far the largest US city. Los Angeles, in second place, has a population of just below four million people. Both Chicago and Houston have populations of more than two million. Other cities with more than one million citizens include Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Diego. San Antonio has leapfrogged Dallas to become the eighth-largest US city. These are some of the results of the 2012 survey by the US Census Bureau. Table

Based on the 2012 survey by the US Census Bureau, City Mayors found that the largest US cities grew strongly between 2000 and 2012. In 2012, almost 78 million Americans lived in the country’s 200 largest cities compared to 71 million twelve years earlier. Since the 2010 national census, the population in America’s largest 200 cities has increased from 75.9 million to 77.7 million. But the proportion of Americans living in them has dropped slightly from 24.8 per cent in 2003 to 24.6 per cent today. During the past ten years, the US population rose from 293.6 million to 315.9 million. Table

New York City has been the largest US city for more than one hundred year. Since 1910, it almost doubled in size. While Chicago was the second-largest city in 1910, Los Angeles does not feature in the top ten. Instead the historical ranking includes cities like St Loius, Cleveland, Boston, Baltimore and Buffalo. Table

Numerically, New York City is by far the fastest growing city in the US. Since the 2010 census, the city population increased by 161,500, from 8.175 million to 8.337 million. Los Angeles, the country’s second-fastest growing city, added 65,200 inhabitants since 2010. Three Texan cities, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, all grew by more than 50,000 people. Table

Detroit is still shrinking but the city’s decline has leveled off. Whereas during the first three years of this century, the city lost almost 40,000 people, between 2010 and 2012 the shrinkage has been reduced to 12,300. The earlier decline of other major US cities has been reversed. Chicago, which lost 26,000 people in the early years of the 21st century, has recovered and attracted almost 20,000 new citizens between 2010 and 2012. Other cities, where growth has resumed after having suffered losses, include San Francisco, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New Orleans. Table

California is the US state with the largest number of cities with more than 100,000 people. Some 44 cities in City Mayors’ table of the largest 200 US cities are in the west-coast state. A few US states, including North Dakota, West Virginia and Vermont, have no cities with populations of more than 100,000 people.

Historical ranking of America’s 10 largest cities
With population figures for 2012, 1960 and 1910

Rank 2012
1960 1910
1 New York
New York 7,781,984 New York 4,766,883
2 Los Angeles
Chicago 3,550,404 Chicago 2,185,283
3 Chicago
Los Angeles 2,479,015 Philadelphia 1,549,008
4 Houston
Philadelphia 2,002,512 St. Louis 687,029
5 Philadelphia
Detroit 1,670,144 Boston 670,585
6 Phoenix
Baltimore 939,024 Cleveland 560,663
7 San Antonio
Houston 938,219 Baltimore 558,485
8 San Diego
Cleveland 876,050 Pittsburgh 533,905
9 Dallas
Washington 763,956 Detroit 465,766
10 San Jose
St. Louis 750,026 Buffalo 423,715
Source: US Census Bureau

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World Mayor 2014
26 mayors from across the world are competing for the 2014 World Mayor Prize

Support the Mayor you believe should win the 2014 World Mayor Prize

Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Calgary, Canada
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Houston, USA
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Oklahoma City, USA
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Sacramento, USA

Mayor Marcio Lacerda
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Monteria, Colombia
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Sucre, Venezuela

Mayor Daniel Termont
Ghent, Belgium
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Bordeaux, France
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Jena, Germany
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Mayor Giusy Nicolini, Lampedusa, Italy
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Riga, Latvia
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Previous winners and runners-up include the mayors of Bilbao, Perth, Mexico City, Oklahoma City, Cape Town, Zurich, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Athens, Mississauga and Tirana. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally. MORE