U.S. Cities with the Most Skyscrapers

Name the American cities that have at least 10 completed buildings of at least 150 meters in height.
Source: Skyscaper Center. April 2020.
City Proper, not urban area
Suburbs filled in by default
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Last updated: April 26, 2020
First submittedJuly 8, 2015
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City
284
New York City
126
Chicago
53
Miami
39
Houston
26
Los Angeles
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City
25
San Francisco
21
Boston
21
Seattle
20
Dallas
17
Atlanta
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City
14
Las Vegas
13
Philadelphia
11
Jersey City
10
Sunny Isles Beach
10
Pittsburgh
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Level 35
Dec 5, 2015
My hometown of Dallas is on here! :)
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Level 62
May 7, 2018
my hometown of Seattle is on here!
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Level 81
Aug 3, 2018
The city I was born in and the city I currently live in are both on here!
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Level 61
Aug 3, 2018
My Hometown of Boston is on here!
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Level 62
Aug 3, 2018
I got nothing on here!
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Level 55
Aug 4, 2018
my hometown of D.C not on here
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Level 80
Oct 26, 2020
The heights of buildings in Washington DC are restricted to 140 meters, or less if they are near a narrow street. Most who wish to build any taller than that do so across the Potomac in Northern Virginia.
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Level 81
Oct 26, 2020
40 meters
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Level 80
Oct 26, 2020
^ uh... yeah. In 1910. Currently there are many buildings in Washington taller than 40 meters. 43 listed on this page for starters. (though some of those are radio towers, but not all)
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Level 42
Dec 22, 2019
Im german.
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Level 57
Apr 27, 2020
My hometown of Delhi is not here ◖⚆ᴥ⚆◗
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Level 82
Apr 28, 2020
My hometown is 500 miles from one of the cities on here! ;)
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Level 45
Jun 2, 2020
my hometown of Ustroń is not here
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Level 33
Jul 1, 2020
My hometown of Minneapolis is not on here!
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Level 46
Oct 26, 2020
My hometown of Indian Hills Kentucky is NOT here :(
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Level 49
Oct 28, 2020
My hometown of West Orange is not on here. But I live very close to Jersey City 😀
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Level 19
Jan 26, 2017
Doesnt Philadelphia have 15 buildings above 492 feet?
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Level 67
Apr 30, 2020
Yes, Philly has at least 15 (maybe 16 if you count the PNC Bank building, which is listed at 150 m/491 ft, but may be rounding up). There will be one more this year, as the W Hotel & Element is expected to be completed this year, at 188 m (it is already topped out).

That being said, Vegas also has 17 and San Francisco has 26.

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Level 70
May 7, 2018
Good quiz, I think Jersey should count as in New York without the city.
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Level 85
May 7, 2018
Jersey City is a completely separate city, across a river, and in a different state than NYC. Just because they're close to each other doesn't make them the same city for the purposes of counting skyscrapers.
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Level 62
May 7, 2018
I think Malbaby is arguing that "Jersey" should be accepted as an answer, in the way that "New York" is accepted. Without the "City".
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Level 72
May 16, 2018
That's because New York City is not the name of New York City. It's technically just New York. Jersey City, on the other hand is called Jersey City.
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Level 85
Aug 3, 2018
What buck said. In the same way that Salt Lake, Oklahoma, and Kansas are not accepted in any quizzes without their "last name" - City.
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Level 81
Aug 3, 2018
It's the same skyline of skyscrapers, no different than downtown Brooklyn.
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Level 81
Oct 11, 2018
It IS the same skyline. Nobody ever once looked at the Jersey City skyline and went home clueless New York City was right there. Go stand in Liberty Park someday and tell yourself how completely separate Jersey City is for counting skyscrapers as you count Jersey City on your fingers and the rest of the skyline on the fingers and toes of everyone around you.
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Level 46
Oct 11, 2018
someone2018, the OP was talking about the name Jersey 'City', as in, the quiz should accept 'Jersey' as an answer (I'm a mixed opinion on it). With that said, while the skylines are close they're definitely not the same. Downtown Brooklyn is part of NY and the East River is much closer.
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Level 81
Apr 26, 2020
For what it's worth a year later I was replying to comments hat are apparently gone.
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Level 46
Apr 28, 2020
No worries. I actually saw this post by mistake, corona's got me back on jetpunk lol.
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Level 60
May 7, 2018
Maybe the instruction should say that this is city proper and not urban/metropolitan area.
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Level ∞
May 8, 2018
Good suggestion. I changed the quiz.
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Level 68
Jun 7, 2018
Oh brother, I didn't get Jersey City and doubt I ever would have. Learned something new.
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Level 81
Aug 3, 2018
I never would have gotten it if I hadn't gone to visit a friend who lived there once.
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Level 71
Oct 1, 2019
I lived there for 7 years and still didn't get it! It doesn't seem like a big city when NYC is right next door.
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Level 72
Aug 3, 2018
Back when I was knee-high to a grasshopper and growing up in Philadelphia, nothing could be taller than William Penn, and this Philadelphia was a ridiculously squat city. Now I live in DC, which is also, I am pleased to report, a very squat city.
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Level 76
Aug 3, 2018
I think the regulation in DC is that no building can be taller than the Capitol. There may be a few grandfathered in, like the post office building, and national cathedral.
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Level 66
Aug 3, 2018
The regulation in DC has to do with how wide the street the building is facing is. It doesn't have to do with the height of any particular landmark, but is certainly intended to retain views to those landmarks around the city. Much of it was a reaction to the Cairo, now an apartment building.
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Level 69
Aug 3, 2018
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Height_of_Buildings_Act_of_1910
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Level 81
Aug 3, 2018
But a little more than a hundred years ago, Philadelphia City Hall was the tallest building in the world.
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Level 69
Aug 3, 2018
Just out of curiosity, since the quiz says only 'City Proper', I am wondering if Las Vegas really has 17? I am assuming most of these are hotels on the strip, so most would actually be in the unincorporated towns of Paradise or Winchester, right?
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Level 81
Aug 3, 2018
This appears to be true. According to Google Maps (and this Wiki article), with only one or two exceptions, everything above 150m is in Paradise. Maybe Paradise should at least be allowed as a type-in?
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Level 59
Aug 3, 2018
Jersey City?? go figure...
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Level 80
Aug 3, 2018
Basically an extension of New York City.
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Level 67
Aug 3, 2018
Excellent quiz!

As a naïve Non-American, I somehow tend to consider that *any* 'true' American city must have so many skyscrapers...

Quite proud to get 14/15 then, but to be honest, the time was more than enough to try a couple of cities.

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Level 81
Aug 3, 2018
Don't worry, Manu. Just believe that every other city in the U.S. has exactly 9 skyscrapers. Your worldview can remain intact ;)
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Level 67
Aug 4, 2018
Philadelphia has 14 that are over 150 meters (plus two more that are within a foot and a half of 150m).

1) Comcast Tech Center, 341m

2) Comcast Center, 297m

3) One Liberty Place, 288m

4) Two Liberty Place, 258m

5) BNY Mellon Center, 241m

6) Three Logan Square, 225m

7) FMC Tower @ Cira Centre South, 224m

8) G. Fred DiBona Jr. Bldg, 191m

9) One Commerce Square, 172m

10) Two Commerce Square, 172m

11) Philadelphia City Hall, 167m

12) Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, 158m

13) 1818 Market St., 152m

14) The St. James, 152m

(Loews Philadelphia Hotel and PNC Bank Building both round up to 150m.)

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Level 55
Aug 4, 2018
I'm from Pittsburgh, and I'm actually surprised we made the list.
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Level 81
Aug 4, 2018
Pittsburgh has an underrated skyline.
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Level 81
Oct 11, 2018
Pittsburgh is actually underrated for its old residential architecture, its food and its natural setting too. I can see everyone bailing on boring Detroit when heavy industry went downhill. Pittsburgh has enough attraction that it could have diversified and remained stable.
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Level 81
Oct 11, 2018
Emporia.com used to enumerate skyscrapers by metropolitan area, which was useful in ranking places like Manila and Miami where the skyline is in several different legal jurisdictions.
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Level 64
Apr 26, 2020
Yes, my hometown chi is here, and the skyline is beautiful. One has not seen skyscrapers until visiting ASIA. HK, dubai Singapore,etc . And I have never been to mainland china.
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Level 46
Apr 28, 2020
A small criticism: technically Jersey City is defined as a satellite city, quite different than a suburb, in that it has it's own downtown core and is a distinct and separate city with a large job-base). Perhaps the header could read: satellite city/suburb.
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Level 28
Apr 28, 2020
Never heard of Sunny Isles Beach before
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Level 43
Oct 26, 2020
i don't think any of us have
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Level 60
Oct 26, 2020
Missed Pittsburgh after thinking "Pittsburgh probably isn't on there"... This happens a bit to often to me
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Level 65
Oct 26, 2020
Fun fact, Calgary, Alberta, Canada has 19.

Another fun fact...Toronto, which has 72, also has 31 more under construction.

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Level 71
Oct 26, 2020
I don't like skyscrapers but I managed to guess all of these with just one second to spare.
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Level 79
Oct 26, 2020
My hometown just got their first building with an elevator. We are so excited!
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Level 61
Nov 23, 2020
I was surprised to not see Minneapolis, Detroit, or Denver on here but it looks like they just missed out after Pittsburgh and Sunny Isles Beach (of which I had never heard).