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

A panoramic shot of Downtown Phoenix

The table below lists the largest 50 cities in the United States based on population and rank for the years 1990–2014. While some cities kept their ranking fairly stable, others showed large leaps. For example, Phoenix, Arizona, has grown from a city of 983,403 residents in 1990 to one of 1.5 million residents as of 2014. Austin, Texas, nearly doubled its population in 24 years--going from 465,622 residents to 912,791. Some cities, such as Detroit, have decreased in population. The Motor City, which once had 1.8 million residents in the 1950s, went down to a population of 1,027,974 in 1990 and further fell to 680,250 in 2014.

SIZE RANK 2014 CITY 7/1/2014
POPULATION ESTIMATE
7/1/2013
POPULATION ESTIMATE
4/1/2010
CENSUS POPULATION
7/1/2005
POPULATION ESTIMATE
4/1/2000
CENSUS POPULATION
4/1/1990
CENSUS POPULATION
1 New York, N.Y. 8,491,079 8,405,837 8,175,133 8,143,197 8,008,278 7,322,564
2 Los Angeles, Calif. 3,928,864 3,884,307 3,792,621 3,844,829 3,694,820 3,485,398
3 Chicago, Ill. 2,722,389 2,718,782 2,695,598 2,842,518 2,896,016 2,783,726
4 Houston, Tex. 2,239,558 2,195,914 2,100,263 2,016,582 1,953,631 1,630,553
5 Philadelphia, Pa. 1,560,297 1,553,165 1,526,006 1,463,281 1,517,550 1,585,577
6 Phoenix, Ariz. 1,537,058 1,513,367 1,445,632 1,461,575 1,321,045 983,403
7 San Antonio, Tex. 1,436,697 1,409,019 1,327,407 1,256,509 1,144,646 935,933
8 San Diego, Calif. 1,381,069 1,355,896 1,307,402 1,255,540 1,223,400 1,110,549
9 Dallas, Tex. 1,281,047 1,257,676 1,197,816 1,213,825 1,188,580 1,006,877
10 San Jose, Calif. 1,015,785 998,537 945,942 912,332 894,943 782,248
11 Austin, Tex. 912,791 885,400 790,390 690,252 656,562 465,622
12 Jacksonville, Fla. 853,382 842,583 821,784 782,623 735,617 635,230
13 San Francisco, Calif. 852,469 837,442 805,235 739,426 776,733 723,959
14 Indianapolis, Ind. 848,788 843,393 820,445 784,118 781,870 741,952
15 Columbus, Ohio 835,957 822,553 787,033 730,657 711,470 632,910
16 Fort Worth, Tex. 812,238 792,727 741,206 624,067 534,694 447,619
17 Charlotte, N.C. 809,958 792,862 731,424 610,949 540,828 395,934
18 Detroit, Mich. 680,250 688,701 713,777 886,671 951,270 1,027,974
19 El Paso, Tex. 679,036 674,443 649,121 598,590 563,662 515,342
20 Seattle, Wash. 668,342 652,405 608,660 573,911 563,374 516,259
21 Denver, Colo. 663,862 649,495 600,158 557,917 554,636 467,610
22 Washington, DC 658,893 646,449 601,723 550,521 572,059 606,900
23 Memphis, Tenn. 656,86 653,450 646,889 672,277 650,100 610,337
24 Boston, Mass. 655,884 645,966 617,594 559,034 589,141 574,283
25 Nashville-Davidson, Tenn.1 644,014 634,464 601,222 549,110 545,524 510,784
26 Baltimore, Md. 622,793 622,104 620,961 635,815 651,154 736,014
27 Oklahoma City, Okla. 620,602 610,613 579,999 531,324 506,132 444,719
28 Portland, Ore. 619,360 609,456 583,776 533,427 529,121 437,319
29 Las Vegas, Nev. 613,599 603,488 583,756 545,147 478,434 258,295
30 Louisville-Jefferson County, Ky.2 612,780 609,893 597,337 556,429 256,231 269,063
31 Milwaukee, Wis. 599,642 599,164 594,833 578,887 596,974 628,088
32 Albuquerque, N.M. 557,169 556,495 545,852 494,236 448,607 384,736
33 Tucson, Ariz. 527,972 526,116 520,116 515,526 486,699 405,390
34 Fresno, Calif. 515,986 509,924 494,665 461,116 427,652 354,202
35 Sacramento, Calif. 485,199 479,686 466,488 456,441 407,018 369,365
36 Long Beach, Calif. 473,577 469,428 462,257 474,014 461,522 429,433
37 Kansas City, Mo. 470,800 467,007 459,787 444,965 441,545 435,146
38 Mesa, Ariz. 464,704 457,587 439,041 442,780 396,375 288,091
39 Atlanta, Ga. 456,002 447,841 420,003 470,688 416,474 394,017
40 Virginia Beach, Va. 450,980 448,479 437,994 438,415 425,257 393,069
41 Omaha, Nebr. 446,599 434,353 408,958 414,521 390,007 335,795
42 Colorado Springs, Colo. 445,830 439,886 416,427 369,815 360,890 281,140
43 Raleigh, N.C. 439,896 431,746 403,892
44 Miami, Fla. 430,332 417,650 399,457 386,417 362,470 358,548
45 Oakland, Calif. 413,775 406,253 390,724 395,274 399,484 372,242
46 Minneapolis, Minn. 407,207 400,070 382,578 372,811 382,618 368,383
47 Tulsa, Okla. 399,682 398,121 391,906 382,457 393,049 367,302
48 Cleveland, Ohio 389,521 390,113 396,815 452,208 478,403 505,616
49 Wichita, Kans. 388,413 386,552 382,368 353,823 344,284
50 New Orleans, La. 384,320 378,715 343,829 455,188 484,674 495,080
51 Arlington, Tex. 383,204 379,577 365,438 362,805 332,969 261,721
1. Nashville-Davidson city is consolidated with Davidson County.
2. Louisville and Jefferson County merged in Jan. 2003. Figures prior to 2003 are for Louisville city only.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau. Web: www.census.gov . For 1900–2005 population estimates, see Population of the 20 Largest U.S. Cities, 1900–2010.

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