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

The table below lists the largest 50 cities in the United States based on population and rank for the years 1990, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2012.

7/1/2012
population
estimate
4/1/2010
census population
7/1/2005
population
estimate
4/1/2000
census
population
4/1/1990
census
population
Numeric
population
change
1990–2000
Percent
population
change
1990–2000
Size rank
1990
Size rank
2000
Size rank
2010
Size rank
2012
New York, N.Y. 8,336,697 8,175,133 8,143,197 8,008,278 7,322,564 685,714 9.4 1 1 1 1
Los Angeles, Calif. 3,857,799 3,792,621 3,844,829 3,694,820 3,485,398 209,422 6.0 2 2 2 2
Chicago, Ill. 2,714,856 2,695,598 2,842,518 2,896,016 2,783,726 112,290 4.0 3 3 3 3
Houston, Tex. 2,160,821 2,100,263 2,016,582 1,953,631 1,630,553 323,078 19.8 4 4 4 4
Philadelphia, Pa. 1,547,607 1,526,006 1,463,281 1,517,550 1,585,577 –68,027 –4.3 5 5 5 5
Phoenix, Ariz. 1,488,750 1,445,632 1,461,575 1,321,045 983,403 337,642 34.3 10 6 6 6
San Antonio, Tex. 1,382,951 1,327,407 1,256,509 1,144,646 935,933 208,713 22.3 9 9 7 7
San Diego, Calif. 1,338,348 1,307,402 1,255,540 1,223,400 1,110,549 112,851 10.2 6 7 8 8
Dallas, Tex. 1,241,162 1,197,816 1,213,825 1,188,580 1,006,877 181,703 18.0 8 8 9 9
San Jose, Calif. 982,765 945,942 912,332 894,943 782,248 112,695 14.4 11 11 10 10
Austin, Tex. 842,592 790,390 690,252 656,562 465,622 190,940 41.0 25 16 14 11
Jacksonville, Fla. 836,507 821,784 782,623 735,617 635,230 100,387 15.8 15 14 11 12
Indianapolis, Ind. 834,852 820,445 784,118 781,870 741,952 49,974 6.7 13 12 12 13
San Francisco, Calif. 825,863 805,235 739,426 776,733 723,959 52,774 7.3 14 13 13 14
Columbus, Ohio 809,798 787,033 730,657 711,470 632,910 78,560 12.4 16 15 15 15
Fort Worth, Tex. 777,992 741,206 624,067 534,694 447,619 87,075 19.5 29 27 16 16
Charlotte, N.C. 775,202 731,424 610,949 540,828 395,934 144,894 36.6 33 26 17 17
Detroit, Mich. 701,475 713,777 886,671 951,270 1,027,974 –76,704 –7.5 7 10 18 18
El Paso, Tex. 672,538 649,121 598,590 563,662 515,342 48,320 9.4 22 23 19 19
Memphis, Tenn. 655,155 646,889 672,277 650,100 610,337 39,763 6.5 18 18 20 20
Boston, Mass. 636,479 617,594 559,034 589,141 574,283 14,858 2.6 20 20 22 21
Seattle, Wash. 634,535 608,660 573,911 563,374 516,259 47,115 9.1 21 24 23 22
Denver, Colo. 634,265 600,158 557,917 554,636 467,610 87,026 18.6 28 25 26 23
Washington, DC 632,323 601,723 550,521 572,059 606,900 –34,841 –5.7 19 21 24 24
Nashville-Davidson, Tenn.1 624,496 601,222 549,110 545,524 510,784 59,107 11.6 26 22 25 25
Baltimore, Md. 621,342 620,961 635,815 651,154 736,014 –84,860 –11.5 12 17 21 26
Louisville-Jefferson County, Ky.2 605,110 597,337 556,429 256,231 269,063 12,832 –4.8 58 67 27 27
Portland, Ore. 603,106 583,776 533,427 529,121 437,319 91,802 21.0 27 28 29 28
Oklahoma City, Okla. 599,199 579,999 531,324 506,132 444,719 61,413 13.8 30 29 31 29
Milwaukee, Wis. 598,916 594,833 578,887 596,974 628,088 –31,114 –5.0 17 19 28 30
Las Vegas, Nev. 596,424 583,756 545,147 478,434 258,295 220,139 85.2 63 32 30 31
Albuquerque, N.M. 555,417 545,852 494,236 448,607 384,736 63,871 16.6 40 35 32 32
Tucson, Ariz. 524,295 520,116 515,526 486,699 405,390 81,309 20.1 34 32 33 33
Fresno, Calif. 505,882 494,665 461,116 427,652 354,202 73,450 20.7 48 37 34 34
Sacramento, Calif. 475,516 466,488 456,441 407,018 369,365 37,653 10.2 37 40 35 35
Long Beach, Calif. 467,892 462,257 474,014 461,522 429,433 32,089 7.5 32 34 36 36
Kansas City, Mo. 464,310 459,787 444,965 441,545 435,146 6,399 1.5 31 36 37 37
Mesa, Ariz. 452,084 439,041 442,780 396,375 288,091 108,284 37.6 53 42 38 38
Virginia Beach, Va. 447,021 437,994 438,415 425,257 393,069 32,188 8.2 39 38 39 39
Atlanta, Ga. 443,775 420,003 470,688 416,474 394,017 22,457 5.7 38 39 40 40
Colorado Springs, Colo. 431,834 416,427 369,815 360,890 281,140 79,750 28.4 54 48 41 41
Raleigh, N.C. 423,179 403,892 43 42
Omaha, Nebr. 421,570 408,958 414,521 390,007 335,795 54,212 16.1 47 44 42 43
Miami, Fla. 413,892 399,457 386,417 362,470 358,548 3,922 1.1 46 47 44 44
Oakland, Calif. 400,740 390,724 395,274 399,484 372,242 27,242 7.3 35 41 47 45
Tulsa, Okla. 393,987 391,906 382,457 393,049 367,302 25,747 7.0 44 43 46 46
Minneapolis, Minn. 392,880 382,578 372,811 382,618 368,383 14,235 3.9 43 45 48 47
Cleveland, Ohio 390,928 396,815 452,208 478,403 505,616 –27,213 –5.4 23 33 45 48
Wichita, Kans. 385,577 382,368 353,823 344,284 50 49 49
Arlington, Tex. 375,600 365,438 362,805 332,969 261,721 71,248 27.2 62 54 50 50
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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