The Ten Largest US Cities by Population
Here are the ten largest US cities by population. These are the fastest growing cities in the country, and have a diverse mix of residents, speaking over 90 different languages. Phoenix is the city with the largest change in population over the past decade, jumping from sixth place in 2010 to number five by 2020. The Western portion of the U.S. includes nine contiguous states, plus Hawaii and Alaska. The map below shows the cities by population.
First on the list is the city of Houston, Texas, which was founded in 1837. This city became the capital of Texas for a short period of time, but quickly grew to become an industrial and commercial center and a regional transportation hub. During the Civil War, the city was severely damaged, but recovered and moved forward, becoming one of the country’s largest cities by population. During the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era, the city experienced consistent growth, allowing it to grow into a major industrial city.
Another city in the top ten is Phoenix, which has expanded massively between 1960 and 2000. It has the highest population density in the U.S., with over 2,230 residents per square mile. Phoenix has been home to major corporations for many years, including Avnet, PetSmart, and U-Haul. The city is one of the few cities on this list that also serves as its state’s capital. Once a small trading center, Phoenix is now home to one of the largest populations in the country.