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The following is a list of the most populous incorporated places of the
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. As defined by the
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, an "
incorporated placeThe United States Census Bureau defines a place as a concentration of population which has a name, is locally recognized, and is not part of any other place. A place typically has a residential nucleus and a closely spaced street pattern, and it freq ...
" includes a variety of designations, including
city A city is a large human settlement.Goodall, B. (1987) ''The Penguin Dictionary of Human Geography''. London: Penguin.Kuper, A. and Kuper, J., eds (1996) ''The Social Science Encyclopedia''. 2nd edition. London: Routledge. It can be defined as a pe ...
,
town A town is a human settlement. Towns are generally larger than villages and smaller than city, cities, though the criteria to distinguish between them vary considerably in different parts of the world. Origin and use The word "town" ...

town
,
village A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet (place), hamlet but smaller than a town (although the word is often used to describe both hamlets and smaller towns), with a population typically ranging from a ...
,
borough A borough is an administrative division Administrative division, administrative unit,Article 3(1). country subdivision, administrative region, subnational entity, first-level subdivision, as well as many similar terms, are generic names for g ...
, and
municipality A municipality is usually a single administrative division having Municipal corporation, corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction as granted by national and regional laws to which it is subordinate. The term ''municipali ...
. A few exceptional
census-designated place A census-designated place (CDP) is a Place (United States Census Bureau), concentration of population defined by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes only. CDPs have been used in each decennial census since 1980 as the counterpa ...
s (CDPs) are also included in the Census Bureau's listing of incorporated places. Consolidated city-counties represent a distinct type of government that includes the entire population of a county, or county equivalent. Some consolidated city-counties, however, include multiple incorporated places. This list presents only that portion (or "balance") of such consolidated city-counties that are not a part of another incorporated place. This list refers only to the population of individual municipalities within their defined limits; the populations of other municipalities considered
suburb A suburb (or suburban area or suburbia) is a commercial Commercial may refer to: * a dose of advertising conveyed through media (such as - for example - radio or television) ** Radio advertisement ** Television advertisement * (adjective ...
s of a central city are listed separately, and unincorporated areas within
urban agglomeration An urban area, or built-up area, is a human settlement with a high population density and infrastructure of built environment. Urban areas are created through urbanization and are categorized by urban morphology as cities, town ...
s are not included. Therefore, a different ranking is evident when considering U.S. metropolitan area populations.


50 states and District of Columbia

The following table lists the 326 incorporated places in the United States (excluding the
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) with a population of at least 100,000 on April 1, 2020, as enumerated by the
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. Five states—
Delaware Delaware ( ) is a U.S. state, state in the Mid-Atlantic (United States), Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Maryland to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and New Jersey and the Atlantic Ocean to its east. The sta ...
,
Maine Maine () is a U.S. state, state in the New England region of the United States, bordered by New Hampshire to the west; the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast; and the Provinces and territories of Canada, Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Qu ...

Maine
,
Vermont Vermont () is a U.S. state, state in the New England region of the United States. It borders the states of Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, and New York (state), New York to the west, and the Provinces and territories of ...

Vermont
,
West Virginia West Virginia () is a U.S. state, state in the Appalachian region, Appalachian, Mid-Atlantic (United States), Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, Southeastern regions of the United States.The United States Census Bureau, Census Bureau ...
and
Wyoming Wyoming () is a state in the Mountain West region of the United States The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US), or America, is a country Contiguous United States, primarily located in Nor ...
—have no cities with populations of 100,000 or more. The table displays: # The city rank by population as of April 1, 2020, as enumerated by the United States Census Bureau # The city name # The name of the state in which the city lies # The city population as of April 1, 2020, as enumerated by the 2020 United States Census # The city population as of April 1, 2010, as enumerated by the
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# The city percent population change from April 1, 2010, to April 1, 2020 # The city land area as of January 1, 2020 # The city population density as of April 1, 2020 (residents per unit of land area) # The city
latitude and longitude A geographic coordinate system (GCS) is a coordinate system In geometry Geometry (from the grc, γεωμετρία; ''wikt:γῆ, geo-'' "earth", ''wikt:μέτρον, -metron'' "measurement") is, with arithmetic, one of the olde ...

latitude and longitude
coordinates


Distribution

The total 2020 enumerated population of all cities over 100,000 is 96,598,047, representing 29.14% of the United States population (excluding territories) and covering a total land area of . The mean city population is 301,765, and the mean density is .


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Puerto Rico

The following table lists the five
municipalities A municipality is usually a single administrative division Administrative division, administrative unitArticle 3(1). , country subdivision, administrative region, subnational entity, first-level subdivision, as well as many similar terms, ...
() of
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (; abbreviated PR; tnq, Boriken, ''Borinquen''), officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico ( es, link=yes, Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, lit=Free Associated State of Puerto Rico) is a Caribbean island and Unincorporated t ...

Puerto Rico
with a population greater than 100,000 on July 1, 2020, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau. The table below contains the following information: # The municipio rank by population as of April 1, 2020, as enumerated by the United States Census Bureau # The municipio # The municipio population as of April 1, 2020, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau # The municipio population as of April 1, 2010, as enumerated by the
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# The municipio percent population change from April 1, 2010, to April 1, 2020 # The municipio land area as of January 1, 2016 # The municipio population density as of April 1, 2020 (residents per land area) # The municipio latitude and longitude coordinates


Other U.S. territories

As of 2021, four U.S. territories ( American Samoa,
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Guam
, the
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Northern Mariana Islands
, and the
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U.S. Virgin Islands
) do not have any cities with at least 100,000 people; because of this, no cities for these territories are listed.CIA World Factbook
American Samoa

Guam

Northern Mariana Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands
Retrieved July 6, 2021.


Census-designated places

The following table lists U.S.
census-designated place A census-designated place (CDP) is a Place (United States Census Bureau), concentration of population defined by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes only. CDPs have been used in each decennial census since 1980 as the counterpa ...
s (CDPs) with populations of at least 100,000 according to the 2020 Census. A CDP is a concentration of population identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes. CDPs are delineated for each decennial census as the statistical counterparts of
incorporated placeThe United States Census Bureau defines a place as a concentration of population which has a name, is locally recognized, and is not part of any other place. A place typically has a residential nucleus and a closely spaced street pattern, and it freq ...
s such as
cities A city is a large human settlement In geography, statistics and archaeology, a settlement, locality or populated place is a community in which people live. The complexity of a settlement can range from a small number of dwellings grouped to ...
,
town A town is a human settlement. Towns are generally larger than villages and smaller than city, cities, though the criteria to distinguish between them vary considerably in different parts of the world. Origin and use The word "town" ...

town
s and
villages A village is a clustered human settlement or Residential community, community, larger than a hamlet (place), hamlet but smaller than a town (although the word is often used to describe both hamlets and smaller towns), with a population typ ...
. CDPs are populated areas that lack separate municipal government, but which otherwise physically resemble incorporated places. Unlike the incorporated cities in the main list, the US Census Bureau does not release annual population estimates for CDPs. The table below contains the following information: # The census-designated place # The state # The census-designated place population as of April 1, 2020, as enumerated by the 2020 United States Census # The census-designated place population as of April 1, 2010, as enumerated by the
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# The census-designated place percent population change from April 1, 2010, to April 1, 2020 # The census-designated place land area as of January 1, 2020 # The census-designated place population density as of April 1, 2020 (residents per land area) # The census-designated place
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446–2008 geographic code # The census-designated place latitude and longitude coordinates


Cities formerly over 100,000 people

The following table lists U.S. cities that, in past censuses, have had populations of at least 100,000 but have since decreased beneath this threshold or have been consolidated with or annexed into a neighboring city. The table below contains the following information: # Name of city # Name of state # The city population as of April 1, 2020, as enumerated by the 2020 United States Census # The city's peak population based on highest official enumeration recorded by the Census (and the year of that particular Census) # The percent decline in population from its peak Census count to the most recent Census enumeration in 2020. # Additional notes.


Locations of 50 most populous cities


See also

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Demographics of the United States The United States had an estimated population of 332,410,303 in 2021 according to United Nations data. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. ...
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List of largest cities The United Nations uses three definitions for what constitutes a city, as not all cities in all jurisdictions are classified using the same criteria. Cities may be defined as the city proper, cities proper, the extent of their urban area, or the ...
– (world) * List of largest cities of U.S. states and territories by population *
List of United States cities by area This list ranks the top 150 U.S. cities (incorporated places) by land area. Total areas including water are also given, but when ranked by total area, a number of coastal cities appear disproportionately larger. San Francisco San Francisco ...
* List of United States cities by elevation *
List of United States cities by population density The following is a list of incorporated places in the United States with a population density of over 10,000 people per square mile. As defined by the United States Census Bureau The United States Census Bureau (USCB), officially the Bureau o ...
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Lists of populated places in the United States The following is a wikipedia:Set index articles, set–index article, providing a List of lists of lists, ''list of lists'', for the cities, towns and villages within the jurisdictional United States. It is divided, alphabetically, according to t ...
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List of United States counties and county equivalents This article lists the 3,143 counties and county equivalents of the United States. The 50 states of the United States The United States of America (U.S.A. or USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country C ...
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