U.S. Cities With Population Over One Million

Name the American cities that have a population of over one million within the city limits.
Population according to 2019 U.S. census estimates
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Population
First Reached
City
8,336,817
1857
New York City
3,979,576
1928
Los Angeles
2,693,976
1889
Chicago
2,320,268
1963
Houston
1,680,992
1991
Phoenix
1,584,064
1888
Philadelphia
1,547,253
1991
San Antonio
1,423,851
1986
San Diego
1,343,573
1990
Dallas
1,021,795
2014
San Jose
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Level ∞
Oct 30, 2016
Detroit was over a million in 1921, and reached a peak of around 1.85 million in 1950. It now has a population of about 670,000.
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Level 53
Mar 28, 2017
Cool fact! I knew it wasn't over one million in the present but was wondering about the past..
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Level 56
Mar 29, 2017
If I'm remembering correctly, at one point, Detroit was the third most populous city in America.
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Level 57
Oct 29, 2019
I think that was Saint Louis, but I'm not sure.
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Level 27
Mar 30, 2017
Democrats, never again
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Level 81
Jun 29, 2018
All the greedy Republican CEOs built crap cars and the city's lifeblood poured out.
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Level ∞
May 27, 2019
Get a room you two. Detroit's problems are far beyond the scope of partisan squabbles.
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Level 81
Jun 26, 2019
Agreed. The blame for decades long economic collapse in a dull cold landscapes versus growth in warmer climates has nothing to do with current politicians. The young outsiders' political blame game is getting pathetic.
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Level 43
Sep 25, 2019
What killed Detroit (like many Midwest and eastern cities) was a mixture of many things, which includes politics and greed, along with racism, migration and the loss of manufacturers. Democrats support unions. Union demands (greed) caused corporate America to seek cheaper labor elsewhere, which eliminated manufacturing jobs in Detroit. So people started leaving Detroit for work in other places. On Top of that, racism played a role with white flight, where whites started fleeing for the comfort and security of the suburbs, which impacted the city's population. With the limited job market, poverty gripped the city and crime began to rise as people resorted to criminal activities to make ends meet. Then add drugs into the mix (at one point, 70% of all homicides in Detroit were drug related), plus political corruption (Kwame Kilpatrick -D) and you get the Detroit we have today. Gary, Indiana is another good example with the decline in steel manufacturing, along with Pittsburgh, PA, etc
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Level 65
Mar 20, 2018
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Level 64
Oct 30, 2016
Interesting quiz! Didn't expect there to be 10.
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Level 82
Oct 30, 2016
I really expected more. But I guess most are sprawled around.
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Level 70
Oct 30, 2016
It's so strange that US and Canadian cities have that wierd quirk where most of the people who live in the city live in a different local council area so they sometimes don't count. In Australia we have different "cities" within a city from a technical standpoint, (I live in Melbourne, but technically my local council is the City of Maroondah - you've never heard of it) but you don't get people take it as actually different places!
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Level 72
Oct 30, 2016
Arguably the US system is actually simpler than the Australian one. The City of Melbourne for example contains less than 3% of what we typically consider to be Melbourne. These population figures for US cities don't really give you a good idea of how big these cities really are, but they come closer to the reality than equivalent Australian figures (Queensland cities are an exception - around half of Greater Brisbane's population lives in the City of Brisbane and the vast majority of the Gold Coast's population live in Gold Coast City Council boundaries). But I do get your point - it seems more common in the US to refer to administrative boundaries than metro areas. People who live in San Bernardino aren't said to live in Los Angeles. You can be less than a mile from Downtown Manhattan and not be said to be in New York City, if you're across the Hudson. You can stand in Arlington, within sight of the Washington Monument and people will say you're not in Washington.
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Level 52
Dec 23, 2016
But here I am, 12 miles outside the actual boundary of the city of Denver, and nobody bats an eye if we say we live in Denver. It's rather inconsistent.
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Level 54
Sep 20, 2017
Maybe it's relative to how large the country is? I live in Diemen, a few hundred meters away from Amsterdam but God forbid I say im from Amsterdam or people will start tripping.
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Level 64
Sep 20, 2017
Hahaha, dogla305 wrote "Amsterdam" and "tripping" in the same sentence.
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Level 55
Jul 6, 2018
I'll never understand why people would count a city (or multiple cities) as part of another city just because its bigger, people always confuse me by telling me they live somewhere then i find out later that they live like a half hour drive outside the city they've told me they are from!
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Level 67
Sep 4, 2019
Yea, I agree... atleast say near...... or something. (or perhaps in some cases; part of the municipal of.........)
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Level 63
Mar 28, 2017
Does suburbs count as another city? What does "within the city limits" mean?
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Level 65
Mar 28, 2017
It means what it says. Once you step outside the city border, you are no longer in the city. So people who live in the suburbs or "metro area" do not count. New York, for example, has a city population of under 9 million people, but it skyrockets to 20 million people when you include the suburbs.
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Level 67
Mar 28, 2017
Yeah, that's really pretty literal. I know Texas (and I imagine other locales as well) puts up signs with the city name and population when you enter pretty much every city, from Diboll to Dallas. You drive across the Metroplex and are constantly entering/leaving cities.
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Level 28
Mar 28, 2017
he didnt put New Orleans
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Level 53
Mar 28, 2017
because new orleans doesn't have one million people. PS the patriots rule
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Level 32
Mar 27, 2018
New Orleans has less than 400,000 people and has never had a million.
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Level 47
Jun 6, 2017
Few seconds left... 'Should I try San Jose? No, it won't be big enough'...
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Level 42
Nov 12, 2017
Sorry
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Level 65
Feb 23, 2020
Apology accepted
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Level 42
Nov 12, 2017
Didn't mean to I was just Having fun.
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Level 42
Nov 12, 2017
By the way, Phoenix is more populous than Philadelphia
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Level 49
Feb 24, 2018
but there are less than 1 million people living in Phoenix city limits, you can'tcount scottsdale, peoria, glendale, etc so there are WAY more people living in Philly metro area than Phoenix.. I should know, Ive lived outside of Philly and Phoenix for most of my life.
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Level 81
Jun 29, 2018
Nope, a million and a half living in Phoenix incorporated city boundaries. Its just a huge, huge boundary that on the East Coast would swallow up tons of suburbs.
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Level 38
Apr 17, 2020
1:34 left first try
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Level 49
May 6, 2020
Not a single one from Florida