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

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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 2014CITY7/1/2014
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
1New York, N.Y.8,491,0798,405,8378,175,1338,143,1978,008,2787,322,564
2Los Angeles, Calif.3,928,8643,884,3073,792,6213,844,8293,694,8203,485,398
3Chicago, Ill.2,722,3892,718,7822,695,5982,842,5182,896,0162,783,726
4Houston, Tex.2,239,5582,195,9142,100,2632,016,5821,953,6311,630,553
5Philadelphia, Pa.1,560,2971,553,1651,526,0061,463,2811,517,5501,585,577
6Phoenix, Ariz.1,537,0581,513,3671,445,6321,461,5751,321,045983,403
7San Antonio, Tex.1,436,6971,409,0191,327,4071,256,5091,144,646935,933
8San Diego, Calif.1,381,0691,355,8961,307,4021,255,5401,223,4001,110,549
9Dallas, Tex.1,281,0471,257,6761,197,8161,213,8251,188,5801,006,877
10San Jose, Calif.1,015,785998,537945,942912,332894,943782,248
11Austin, Tex.912,791885,400790,390690,252656,562465,622
12Jacksonville, Fla.853,382842,583821,784782,623735,617635,230
13San Francisco, Calif.852,469837,442805,235739,426776,733723,959
14Indianapolis, Ind.848,788843,393820,445784,118781,870741,952
15Columbus, Ohio835,957822,553787,033730,657711,470632,910
16Fort Worth, Tex.812,238792,727741,206624,067534,694447,619
17Charlotte, N.C.809,958792,862731,424610,949540,828395,934
18Detroit, Mich.680,250688,701713,777886,671951,2701,027,974
19El Paso, Tex.679,036674,443649,121598,590563,662515,342
20Seattle, Wash.668,342652,405608,660573,911563,374516,259
21Denver, Colo.663,862649,495600,158557,917554,636467,610
22Washington, DC658,893646,449601,723550,521572,059606,900
23Memphis, Tenn.656,86653,450646,889672,277650,100610,337
24Boston, Mass.655,884645,966617,594559,034589,141574,283
25Nashville-Davidson, Tenn.1644,014634,464601,222549,110545,524510,784
26Baltimore, Md.622,793622,104620,961635,815651,154736,014
27Oklahoma City, Okla.620,602610,613579,999531,324506,132444,719
28Portland, Ore.619,360609,456583,776533,427529,121437,319
29Las Vegas, Nev.613,599603,488583,756545,147478,434258,295
30Louisville-Jefferson County, Ky.2612,780609,893597,337556,429256,231269,063
31Milwaukee, Wis.599,642599,164594,833578,887596,974628,088
32Albuquerque, N.M.557,169556,495545,852494,236448,607384,736
33Tucson, Ariz.527,972526,116520,116515,526486,699405,390
34Fresno, Calif.515,986509,924494,665461,116427,652354,202
35Sacramento, Calif.485,199479,686466,488456,441407,018369,365
36Long Beach, Calif.473,577469,428462,257474,014461,522429,433
37Kansas City, Mo.470,800467,007459,787444,965441,545435,146
38Mesa, Ariz.464,704457,587439,041442,780396,375288,091
39Atlanta, Ga.456,002447,841420,003470,688416,474394,017
40Virginia Beach, Va.450,980448,479437,994438,415425,257393,069
41Omaha, Nebr.446,599434,353408,958414,521390,007335,795
42Colorado Springs, Colo.445,830439,886416,427369,815360,890281,140
43Raleigh, N.C.439,896431,746403,892
44Miami, Fla.430,332417,650399,457386,417362,470358,548
45Oakland, Calif.413,775406,253390,724395,274399,484372,242
46Minneapolis, Minn.407,207400,070382,578372,811382,618368,383
47Tulsa, Okla.399,682398,121391,906382,457393,049367,302
48Cleveland, Ohio389,521390,113396,815452,208478,403505,616
49Wichita, Kans.388,413386,552382,368353,823344,284
50New Orleans, La.384,320378,715343,829455,188484,674495,080
51Arlington, Tex.383,204379,577365,438362,805332,969261,721
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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