U.S. Cities

U.S. Cities, New York City Largest City in United States
New York, which once served as the nation's capital, has been the largest city in the U.S. since 1790. 

Since the founding of St. Augustine, Florida in 1565, the United States has seen a steady rise in its cities across all fifty states. The urban population today is larger than it's ever been, in total and in proportion. Many of the country's most recognizable landmarks and institutions are found in its major cities, and the urban landscape of America is a central setting for film, literature, music, and more. Learn about the many cities that help define the U.S., and find information on weather, population, facts, history, and landmarks of major U.S. cities.

Population Statistics

A country is nothing without its people, and the United States is the same. The U.S. is currently the world's third most populous country, full of a bustling and diverse population from Anchorage to Miami. To learn more about the people of the United States, where they live, and where they come from, check out our links below. 

Profiles of the 50 Largest Cities of the United States

Top 50 Cities in the U.S. by Population and Rank

Most Populous U.S. Cities

Population of the 20 Largest U.S. Cities, 1900–2012

Population over 100,000

Ten Cities Top Million Mark

U.S. Metro Areas: Census 2000

Largest African-American Populations

Largest Hispanic-American Populations

Foreign-Born Population in Metropolitan Areas


Geographic Information

The cities and states of the United States are far from uniform. The U.S. covers a wide geographical range, with diverse climates. These natural factors play a large part in determining where and how people live. Read more about the environmental factors of U.S. cities, the populations of those cities, and which cities stand out the most to visitors from abroad.

State Capitals and Largest

Getting to Work in the City


Top U.S. States and Cities Visited by Overseas Travelers

Latitude and Longitude of U.S. and Canadian Cities

Wacky Town Names

Area Codes: United States, Canada, Caribbean

Road Mileages

Air Distances


Health and Social Statistics

The story of public health and safety in the United States is long and fraught with troubles. Pollution and crime still pose problems in cities across the U.S. But, thanks to advances in medicine and public outreach, people are getting healthier, and access to medical care has improved. Discover some facts about the state of public health and safety, including the cities with the most violent crime, and more. 

America's Worst Places for Spring Allergies, 2015

Fittest Cities, 2015

Safest and Most Dangerous, 2014

Safest and Most Dangerous, 2013

Crime Rates for Selected Metro Areas

Murder Rates

Cost of Living Index

Car Theft

America's 25 Most Ozone-Polluted Metropolitan Areas

Air Quality



Cultural Information

The different cities of the United States have many features that make them unique, from colleges to historical sites to corner cafes. Infoplease has the information you need about some of the highlights. Read on to learn about some important firsts, some of the best spots in the country, and some interesting facts about local culture around the U.S. 


Ten Best Metropolitan Areas in the United States

North America's Best Cities

America's Most Gay-Friendly Towns

Best Vacation Spots

The 100 Largest City Parks

America's Most Livable Communities

America's “Capitals of the World”

Best Architecture

Best Culture

Best Museums

Best Restaurants, 2015

Best Restaurants, 2012

Top Ten Coffee Shops, 2014

Best Yoga Studios, 2015

Top Ten Concert Venues, 2015

Best Shopping

Best People

Most Intelligent

Most Literate, 2014

Most Literate, 2012


Cleanest, 2016

Cleanest, 2014

Most Stylish



Just looking at facts and figures can't always give you a very clear idea of what a city is like. To help you out, Infoplease has pulled together some slideshows. Check out our previews of some of America's most prominent cities. 

San Francisco


New Orleans

New York City



Washington, D.C.

Statues of Washington, D.C.

Cherry Blossoms of Washington, D.C.




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