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Largest Cities In The United States

Based on data from the most recent U.S. Census Bureau official estimates, New York continues to top the list of the most populous metros in the U.S.

According to the United States (US) Census Bureau, the current population of the United States stands at approximately 323,743,027 thus making it the third most populous country in the world behind India and China. Texas and California have the highest population in the country. These two states also host two of the nation’s most populated metropolitan cities, Houston, and Los Angeles, respectively. Experts predict that in the coming years, immigration will be one of the most significant reasons for US population growth. As per a report by Pew Research, the majority of these new immigrants will be coming from a variety of Asian countries. Research has also shown that today the US is more ethnically diverse than ever before. Among the groups which will be shaping America in the coming years include Millennials, Hispanics, and women. The Pew Research study also pointed out that the social make-up of the country has changed a great deal as a result of an increase in single parent families, a high divorce rate, a rising number of blended families, and more and more individuals choosing to opt out of marriage and remain single. Other socio-economic trends currently taking place include a decrease in the number of the middle-class Americans and an ever increasing gap between middle and high-income earners. Research also points to a shift in religious affiliations in the country with Christianity on a decline. Reportedly in the span of just seven years from 2007 to 2014, the percentage of citizens affiliated to Christianity dropped from 78% to 71%. In contrast among the groups on the rise include those who don’t subscribe to any religious belief as well as members of the Muslim faith.

Cities in the Southern States

Approximately 37% of Americans are estimated to live in the southern states. The most populated urban areas in this region include Miami, Florida as well as the Texas cities of Dallas and Houston. The metropolitan area of Miami extends along the south-eastern portion of the sunshine state and includes communities such as Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and Jupiter. The so-called “Gold Coast" occupies about six thousand square miles. The city of Miami includes areas designated as downtown, north-south, and west. Miami’s diverse population is composed of a large number of residents of Cuban and Latin American decent. In 2000 about 34% of Miami residents were of Cuban heritage with other major ethnic groups coming from countries such as Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Columbia, and Nicaragua. According to recent statistics, Texas continues to be one of the most populated states in the country. Although agricultural industries and natural resources remain important to its economy, over the years Texas has experienced a major population shift involving large numbers of rural residents moving to urban centers of the Lone Star state. In particular, increasing numbers of residents from out of state have been relocating to cities such as Houston and Dallas. According to a 2015 report in The Texas Tribune, the state’s population is expected to double by the year 2050.

West Coast Cities

The Pacific coast of the US is home to an estimated 23% of the nation’s total population and contains two of the most populous cities in the country; Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area.With almost 20 million residents the “City of Angels” (aka Los Angeles) is home to the second largest population of any urban center in the nation. Designated as a global city, LA is a leader in industries such as entertainment, science, technology, and medicine. The metropolis is composed of residents from around the world many of whom flock there to seek fame and fortune in Hollywood. A large number of ethnic communities reside in Los Angeles like Chinese, Hispanic, African American, Japanese, and Koreans, to name just a few. In a recent article in SF Gate, it was revealed that between 2014 and 2015, the San Francisco Bay area population grew by about 90,000 citizens. Reasons for this increase include factors such as gentrification and chronic transportation issues. There continues to be a trend involving more upwardly mobile residents abandoning the hustle and bustle of the big city and its related problems such as air pollution and traffic congestion favoring the relocation to more suburban locales.

East Coast Cities

The eastern coast of the US is home to some of the country’s most populated cities including Philadelphia, Wahington D.C., New York, and Boston. Boston, the capital city of Massachusetts, was founded in 1630 making it one of the oldest urban communities in the nation. The Census Bureau reports that the rise in population rates is partially the result of increased immigration. People from regions such as Asia and Latin America have been moving to the city to seek employment opportunities in Boston’s tech and science related industries. Washington D.C. has the distinction of being the capital of the United States and the headquarters of the federal government. The city includes important landmarks like the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and the Pentagon. Washington was established in 1790 after the states of Virginia and Maryland each donated land to create the US capital. Although the urban area experienced a decline in the past due to large numbers of residents moving out to the suburbs, Washington has recently seen a rise in its population. Between the years 2010 and 2013 the city grew by over 10% as younger residents chose to make their home within the urban environment. The most populous metropolitan area in the United States is New York. The city is made up of several boroughs including the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. It’s interesting to note that 84% of population growth in the entire state of New York resulted from an increase in the number of citizens moving to New York City. Some of the reasons for the Big Apple's rising population rate include the city’s ongoing efforts to clean up its urban environment in terms of crime and drug trafficking. The city is also well known for the influential role it plays in fields such as science, education, the arts, and economy. According to estimates from the government of New York, by 2030, the city is expected to reach a population of 9.3 million residents; with Brooklyn witnessing the most growth.

Largest Cities In The United States

RankMost Populous U.S. Metropolitan AreasB
1New York Metro (23.5 million people)
2Greater Los Angeles (18.2 million people)
3Chicago Metro (9.9 million people)
4Washington, D.C.-Baltimore, MD Metro (9.3 million people)
5Greater San Francisco Bay (8.4 million people)
6Boston Metro (8.1 million people)
7Philadelphia Metro (7.4 million people)
8Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metroplex (7.1 million people)
9Miami Metro (6.38 million people)
10Houston-Sugar Land Metro (6.37 million people)

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