Ten Most Populated American Cities Right Now

America is one of the populous countries on the globe with a population estimated to be more than 320 million people. Other than being host to a big percentage of world’s population, America is an economic giant with massive industrial investments.

America is divided into states and there is 50 states in total. Some are smaller than others and each state holds a number a specific chunk of the 320 million. With the current administration it’s predicted that America population will soon decrease due to tough immigration laws and deportation of illegal immigrants who have increased the population of America by nearly 20%. The impact that is felt with large populations all revolves around sharing of resources which are limited and this too has a big impact in the economic development and amenities such as housing, employment, transportation among others.

We can’t say that America just because it’s a super power doesn’t have a share of its own problems they do since they are struggling with unemployment and to some extent slow economic growth. If you’re looking to travel to America, stay and work there you need to know which parts are most densely populated and it is for this reason that I have compiled a list of top 10 most populated American cities in 2017. It is based on the most recent population estimates data released.

Here are the top 10 most populated American cities in 2017-2018

10. San Jose – California

San Jose - California, Most Populated American Cities 2017

The capital city of Silicon Valley, San Jose is the tenth most populated city in America. According to statistics available, the city is home to an approximate number of 1.03 million residents. One of the cities recording high population growth, San Jose is estimated to experience 301 days of sunshine in a year. It makes an ideal choice for families seeking the perfect location for permanent residence.

9. Dallas – Texas

Dallas - Texas

With a population of 1.3 residents, Dallas ranks in the ninth position among the most populous cities in America. It is one of the cities that record extremely high rates of population growth. Reliable sources estimate that in every 4 minutes, the population of the city adds a new resident. The city ranks as the largest urban center of the 4th most populous metropolitan area in the country. The city has a rich history that dates back to the industrialization era when it gained popularity for oil and cotton production. Home to some of the greatest rail networks in the country, the city has four distinct seasons with the most notable being the ‘freezing rain experienced occasionally during winter. This extreme condition affects the operations around the city with stagnation of some essential services being experienced.

8. San Diego – California

San Diego – California

The second largest city in California, San Diego is home to a population estimated at 1.39 million residents. The city has its place in history as being the first site to be visited by Europeans who visited the area around 1542 and later became the first European settlement in 1769. The city joined United States in 1850 after the American-Mexican war. One of the biggest attractions to the ever growing population in the city is climate. It is credited as one of the best summer climates and classified as one of the best top 10 regions with the best climate in America.

7. San Antonio – Texas

San Antonio - Texas

With an estimated population of 1.47 million residents by 2015, San Antonio ranks in the seventh position among the most populous cities. Being the third largest state of Texas, it is among the areas considered to have the greatest growth potential by being along the corridors of Interstate 10 and interstate 35. The city is home to numerous tourist attraction and holiday parks. Among them includes the five 18th century Spanish frontier missions which were designated by UNESCO Heritage Sits in 2015. The city attracts over 32 million tourists hence a boom in tourist related businesses hence offering an economic solitude for the residents.

6. Phoenix – Arizona

Phoenix – Arizona

With a population of 1.56 million, Phoenix takes the sixth position on the ranking of most populous cities. Despite its high population, the city is considered to be among the cities with adequate space for residents to move around. Phoenix sits in an approximated area of 517.9 sq. miles which translates to an average of 2,800 people occupying a square mile. The capital city of the Arizona state, it ranks as the largest and most populous state capital in the United States. Among its greatest attractions, include the ‘Valley of the Sun’ which offers residents and visitors with the best option for hikes and rides alongside other attractions.

5. Philadelphia- Pennsylvania

Philadelphia- Pennsylvania

Taking the fifth position among the most populous states is Philadelphia. With an estimated population of 1.56 million. The city of Pennsylvania is located in the northeastern side of the country. It is a historic city in the United States having been established in 1682 to serve as a capital for the Pennsylvania colony. During the revolutionary war, the city served as the country’s capital while Washington was undergoing construction. Its high population dates back to the time of the ‘great migration’ of 1950s when the city became a prime destination for African Americans. The city was also a great hub that had earlier received an influx on European immigrants occasioned by its industrial growth and being a railroad hub.

4. Houston – Texas

Houston – Texas Top 10 Most Populated American Cities 2018

Houston is the largest city in Texas. The city carries a population of 2.3 million people placing it in the fourth position among the largest populous cities in America. One of the key features of the city is cultural diversity where the city boasts of being home to over 90 different languages. The city joined the league of most populous cities with discovery of oil and being along a great railroad. Its rich history includes being home to the country’s ever first and biggest medical research facility in the 20th century. It is the current home of NASA a global facility dealing with space research among other functions.

3. Chicago – Illinois

Chicago – Illinois

The large populous sate in America is Chicago. Home to over 2.7 million residents, the city is also ranked as the leading with highest population growth rate. Data from reliable sources indicate that an estimated 48,000 people migrated to the city between 2000 and 2010, increasing the city’s population in bounds. Alongside its high population, the city is among the biggest finance hubs in United States alongside being home to the world’s largest airport. This is alongside taking the lead in the number of highways and railroads in US.

2. Los Angeles – California

Los Angeles – California

In the second position among the cities with high population in the United States is Los Angeles. The city is home to over 3.97 million residents. It holds the position despite the high rates at which moved out of the city as per the 2010 census. One of the biggest economic hubs in the country, the city sits in the 9th position of the Global Economic Power Index. This is alongside holding the 6th position on the Global Cities Index. Los Angeles is the leading entertainment city being home to the world’s biggest movie and film production industry; Hollywood.

1. New York – New York

New York Top 10 Most Populated American Cities 2017

America’s largest and most populous city is New York. As per the 2015 predictions, the city is home to more than 8.5 million residents. The size of the city is considered to be twice as big as any city that takes the second position. With its massive financial opportunities, the city is leading with industries in fashion, entertainment media and technology. These provide a way of survival for its expansive population.

The U.S. census bureau conducts regular count on the nation’s residents. The process conducted after every few years are used as a platform for planning the national resources among other purposes. The results form the bureau indicates that the list of the top 10 most populous American cities in 2017 is factual. The information is essential if you are an investor in determining the market potential in different cities. It also comes in handy for residents to ascertain the possible impact to expect when considering migration to such areas.


  1. Philadelphia is not the capital of Pennsylvania; Harrisburg is the capital city. Doesn’t anyone proofread these listings?


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