Most Populous U.S. Cities – State by State

Note: Capital cities indicated with asterisks. Numbers based on most recent U.S. Census estimates. Cities with populations of one million or more are indicated in red.

Alabama: 4,779,745 (#23)

Most Populous Cities:

  1. Birmingham, 212,237
  2. *Montgomery, 205,764
  3. Mobile, 195,111
  4. Hunstville, 180,105
  5. Tuscaloosa, 90,468

Alaska: 739,795 (#48)

Most Populous Cities:

  1. Anchorage, 291,826
  2. Fairbanks, 31,535
  3. *Juneau, 31,275
  4. Badger, 19,402
  5. Knik-Fairview, 14,923

Arizona: 7,016,270 (14th)

Most populous cities:

  • *Phoenix, 1,445,632
  • Tucson, 520,116
  • Mesa, 439,041
  • Chandler, 236,123
  • Glendale, 226,721

Arkansas: 3,004,279 (33rd)

Most populous cities:

  1. *Little Rock, 193,524
  2. Fort Smith, 86,209
  3. Fayetteville, 73,580
  4. Springdale, 69,797
  5. Jonesboro, 67,263

California: (39,536,653, #1)

  1. Los Angeles, 3,976,653
  2. San Diego, 1,419,516
  3. San Jose, 1,025,350
  4. San Francisco, 870,887
  5. Fresno, 522,053
  6. *Sacramento, 495,234
  7. Long Beach, 470,130
  8. Oakland, 420,005
  9. Bakersfield, 376,380
  10. Anaheim, 351,043

Colorado: 5,607,154 (#21)

Most populous cities:

  1. *Denver, 704,621
  2. Colorado Springs, 464,474
  3. Aurora, 366,623
  4. Fort Collins, 165,080
  5. Lakewood, 154,958

Connecticut: 3,588,184 (#29)

Most populous cities:

  1. Bridgeport, 147,629
  2. New Haven, 130,741
  3. Stamford, 129,113
  4. *Hartford, 123,243
  5. Waterbury, 110,366

Delaware: 961,939 (#45)

Most populous cities:

  1. Wilmington, 71,442
  2. *Dover, 37,786
  3. Newark, 33,398
  4. Middletown, 20,876
  5. Smyrna, 11,371

Florida: 21,312,211 (#3)

Most populous cities: Note…Tallahassee, the capital, is not among the top five most populous cities. It is ranked #7.

  1. Jacksonville, 892,062
  2. Miami, 463,347
  3. Tampa, 385,430
  4. Orlando, 280,257
  5. St. Petersburg, 263,255

Georgia: 10,429,290 (#8)

Most populous cities:

  1. *Atlanta, 486,290
  2. Augusta, 197,166
  3. Columbus, 194,058
  4. Macon, 152,663
  5. Savannah, 146,444

Hawaii: 1,427,538 (#40)

Most populous cities (please note there are no separately incorporated cites in Hawaii)

  1. *Honolulu, 337,256
  2. East Honolulu, 49,914
  3. Pearl City, 47,698
  4. Hilo, 43,263
  5. Kailua, 38,635

Idaho: 1,716,943 (39th)

Most populous cities:

  1. *Boise, 226,570
  2. Meridian, 94,926
  3. Nampa, 93,590
  4. Pocatello, 55,193
  5. Caldwell, 54,660

Illinois: 12,802,023 (#6)

  1. Chicago, 2,716,450
  2. Aurora, 200,965
  3. Joliet, 148,462
  4. Naperville, 147,682
  5. Rockford, 147,051

Indiana: 6,666,818 (17th)

Most populous cities:

  1. *Indianapolis, 963,002
  2. Fort Wayne, 265,904
  3. Evansville, 118,930
  4. South Bend, 102,245
  5. Carmel, 92,198

Iowa: 3,145,711 (30th)

Most populous cities:

  1. *Des Moines, 203,433
  2. Cedar Rapids, 126,326
  3. Davenport, 99,685
  4. Sioux City, 82,684
  5. Waterloo, 68,406

Kansas: 2,913,123 (35th)

Most populous cities:

  1. Wichita, 386,552
  2. Overland Park, 181,260
  3. Kansas City, 148,483
  4. Olathe, 131,885
  5. *Topeka, 127,679

Kentucky: 4,454,189 (#26)

Most populous cities: (Note – capital city Frankfort does not even make the top ten at 27,885)

  1. Louisville, 621,349
  2. Lexington, 321,349
  3. Bowling Green, 67,067
  4. Owensboro, 59,404
  5. Covington, 40,876

Louisiana: 4,484,333 (#25)

Most populous cities:

  1. New Orleans, 391,495
  2. *Baton Rouge, 227,715
  3. Shreveport, 194,920
  4. Lafayette, 127,626
  5. Lake Charles, 76,848

Maine: 1,335,907 (#42)

Most populous cities: (Augusta, Maine’s capital is the ninth most populous city in Maine at 19,136).

  1. Portland, 66,194
  2. Lewiston, 36,592
  3. Bangor, 33,039
  4. Auburn, 25,055
  5. South Portland, 24,002

Maryland: 6,052,177 (#19)

Most populous cities: (Note, the population of Maryland’s capital Annapolis is 38,394)

  1. Baltimore, 620,961
  2. Columbia, 99,615
  3. Germantown, 86,395
  4. Silver Spring, 71,452
  5. Waldorf, 67,752

Massachusetts: 6,859,819 (#15)

Most populous cities:

  1. *Boston, 673,184
  2. Worcester, 154,508
  3. Springfield, 154,074
  4. Cambridge, 110,651
  5. Lowell, 110,558

Michigan: 9,962,311 (#10)

Most populous cities: (Lansing, Michigan’s capital, is #6 at 114,605).

  1. Detroit, 706,585
  2. Grand Rapids, 189,815
  3. Warren, 134,243
  4. Sterling Heights, 129,880
  5. Ann Arbor, 114,925

Minnesota: 5,576,600 (#22)

Most populous cities:

  1. Minneapolis, 422,331
  2. *St. Paul, 309,180
  3. Rochester, 115,733
  4. Duluth, 86,066
  5. Bloomington, 85,866

Mississippi: 2,984,100 (#34)

Most populous cities:

  1. *Jackson, 173,514
  2. Gulfport, 67,793
  3. Southaven, 48,982
  4. Hattiesburg, 45,984
  5. Biloxi, 44,054

Missouri: 6,113,532 (#18)

Most populous cities: (Note – Missouri’s capital city Jefferson City has a population estimate of 43,013)

  1. Kansas City, 488,943
  2. St. Louis, 308,626
  3. Springfield, 167,376
  4. Columbia, 121,717
  5. Independence, 117,306

Montana: 1,050,493 (#44)

Most populous cities: (Note, Montana’s capital Helena’s population is 28,190 and is #6)

  1. Billings, 104,170
  2. Missoula, 66,788
  3. Great Falls, 58,280
  4. Bozeman, 37,280
  5. Butte, 33,525

Nebraska: 1,920,076 (#37)

Most populous cities:

  1. Omaha, 466,893
  2. *Lincoln, 284,736
  3. Bellevue, 284,736
  4. Grand Island, 51,390
  5. Kearney, 33,835

Nevada: 2,998,039 (#33)

Most populous cities: (The population of Carson City, the capital of Nevada was most recently listed as 54,742)

  1. Las Vegas, 613,599
  2. Henderson, 277,440
  3. Reno, 236,995
  4. North Las Vegas, 230,788
  5. Paradise, 230,000

New Hampshire: 1,342,795 (#41)

Most populous cities:

  1. Manchester, 109,565
  2. Nashua, 86,494
  3. Derry, 33,109
  4. *Dover, 29,987
  5. Rochester, 29,752

New Jersey: 9, 032,872 (#11)

Most populous cities: (New Jersey’s capital Trenton’s most recent population listing was 84,056)

  1. Newark, 285,154
  2. Jersey City, 270,753
  3. Paterson, 148,678
  4. Elizabeth, 130,215
  5. Edison, 102,450

New Mexico: 2,088,070 (#36)

Most populous cities:

  1. Albuquerque, 559,070
  2. Las Cruces, 101,759
  3. Rio Rancho, 96,028
  4. *Santa Fe, 83,875
  5. Roswell, 48,184

New York: 19,849,399 (#4)

Most populous cities:

  1. New York City, 8,550,405
  2. Buffalo, 261,025
  3. Yonkers, 197,399
  4. Syracuse, 145,151
  5. *Albany, 97,660

North Carolina: 10,273,419 (#9)

Most populous cities:

  1. Charlotte, 842,051
  2. *Raleigh, 458,880
  3. Greensboro, 287,027
  4. Durham, 263,016
  5. Winston-Salem, 244,605

North Dakota: 755,393 (#47)

Most populous cities:

  1. Fargo, 120,762
  2. *Bismarck, 72,417
  3. Grand Forks, 57,339
  4. Minot, 48,743
  5. West Fargo, 34,838

Ohio – 11,658,659

Most populous cities:

  1. *Columbus, 879,609
  2. Cleveland, 385,525
  3. Cincinnati, 301,301
  4. Toledo, 276,491
  5. Akron, 197,846

Oklahoma: 3,930,864 (#28)

Most populous cities:

  1. *Oklahoma City, 638,367
  2. Tulsa, 413,090
  3. Norman, 122,180
  4. Broken Arrow, 107,403
  5. Lawton, 94,653

Oregon: 4,142,776 (#27)

Most populous cities:

  1. Portland, 639,449
  2. *Salem, 167,419
  3. Eugene, 166,419
  4. Gresham, 111,523
  5. Hillsboro, 105,161

Pennsylvania: 12,823,989 (#5)

Most populous cities: (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital, is ranked #10 at 48,904)

  1. Philadelphia, 1,567,872
  2. Pittsburgh, 303,625
  3. Allentown, 120,443
  4. Erie, 98,593
  5. Reading, 87,875

Rhode Island: 1,059,639 (#43)

Most populous cities:

  1. *Providence, 178,042
  2. Warwick, 82,622
  3. Cranston, 80,387
  4. Pawtucket, 71,148
  5. East Providence, 47,084

South Carolina: 5,024,369 (#23)

Most populous cities:

  1. Charleston, 134,385
  2. *Columbia, 134,309
  3. North Charleston, 108,304
  4. Mount Pleasant, 81,317
  5. Rock Hill, 72,937

South Dakota: 869,666 (#46)

Most populous cities: (South Dakota’s capital, Pierre, is #8 with 14,004)

  1. Sioux Falls, 176,888
  2. Rapid City, 74,421
  3. Aberdeen, 28,388
  4. Brookings, 23,938
  5. Watertown, 22,222

Tennessee: 6,715,984 (#16)

Most populous cities:

  1. *Nashville, 667,560
  2. Memphis, 652,236
  3. Knoxville, 186,239
  4. Chattanooga, 177,571
  5. Clarksville, 150,287

Texas: 28,304,596 (#2)

Most populous cities (I am listing top 10 for Texas because it is the second most populous U.S. state)

  1. Houston, 2,195,914
  2. San Antonio, 1,409,019
  3. Dallas, 1,197,816
  4. *Austin, 885,400
  5. Fort Worth, 792,727
  6. El Paso, 674,433
  7. Arlington, 379,577
  8. Corpus Christi, 316,381
  9. Plano, 274,409
  10. Laredo, 248,142

Utah: 3,101,833 (#31)

Most populous cities:

  1. Salt Lake City, 186,440
  2. West Valley City, 129,480
  3. Provo, 112,488
  4. West Jordan, 103,712
  5. Orem, 88,328

Vermont: 623,657 (#49)

Most populous cities:

  1. Burlington, 42,417
  2. South Burlington, 17,904
  3. Rutland, 16,495
  4. Barre, 9,052
  5. *Montpelier, 7,855

Virginia: 8,470,020 (#12)

Most populous cities:

  1. Virginia Beach, 452,602
  2. Norfolk, 245,115
  3. Chesapeake, 237,940
  4. Arlington, 230,050
  5. *Richmond, 223,170

Washington: 7,405,743 (#13)

Most populous cities: (Olympia the capital’s population is 46,478)

  1. Seattle, 724,745
  2. Spokane, 217,108
  3. Tacoma, 213,418
  4. Vancouver, 175,673
  5. Bellevue, 144,444

West Virginia: 1,815,857 (#38)

Most populous cities:

  1. *Charleston, 51,371
  2. Huntington, 49,138
  3. Parkersburg, 31,492
  4. Morgantown, 29,660
  5. Wheeling, 28,486

Wisconsin: 5,795,483 (#20)

Most populous cities:

  1. Milwaukee, 594,833
  2. *Madison, 233,209
  3. Green Bay, 104,057
  4. Kenosha, 99,218
  5. Racine, 78,860

Wyoming: 579,315 (#50)

Most populous cities:

  1. Cheyenne, 60,096
  2. Casper, 55,988
  3. Laramie, 31,312
  4. Gilette, 29,389
  5. Rock Springs, 23,229

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