Population of metropolitan areas in the U.S. 2018

Population of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. as of 2018 (in 1,000s)

by Erin Duffin, last edited Jun 4, 2019
Population of metropolitan areas in the U.S. 2018 With 19.97 million residents, the New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area was the most populous in the United States in 2018. The Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and Houston metropolitan areas rounded out the top five in the U.S.
What is a metropolitan area?

It may seem strange that a metropolitan area can contain cities and areas in different states, such as the New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area, but there is a specific reason as to why that is: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a metropolitan statistical area is either one or more counties that has a city in it with a population of 50,000 inhabitants or more, or is an area defined by the Census with a population of 100,000 or more. Metropolitan areas are particularly helpful in tracking demographic change over time in large communities and allow officials to see where the largest pockets of inhabitants are in the country.

The Big Apple

While some may believe cities to be dangerous areas with higher crime rates than towns in rural areas, large cities can also be areas of great diversity and opportunity. The New York City economy is one of the strongest in the country, and because of this, is a global financial center that is home to start ups, Fortune 500 companies, and Wall Street.
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Population of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. as of 2018 (in 1,000s)

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Number of residents in thousands
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA19,979.48
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA13,291.49
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI9,498.72
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX7,539.71
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX6,997.38
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV6,249.95
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL6,198.78
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD6,096.37
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA5,949.95
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH4,875.39
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ4,857.96
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA4,729.48
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA4,622.36
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI4,326.44
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA3,939.36
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI3,629.19
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA3,343.36
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL3,142.66
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO2,932.42
St. Louis, MO-IL2,805.47
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD2,802.79
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL2,572.96
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC2,569.21
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX2,518.04
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA2,478.81
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA2,345.21
Pittsburgh, PA2,324.74
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV2,231.65
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN2,190.21
Austin-Round Rock, TX2,168.32
Kansas City, MO-KS2,143.65
Columbus, OH2,106.54
Cleveland-Elyria, OH2,057.01
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN2,048.7
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA1,999.11
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN1,930.96
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC1,728.73
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA1,621.34
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI1,576.11
Jacksonville, FL1,534.7
Oklahoma City, OK1,396.45
Raleigh, NC1,362.54
Memphis, TN-MS-AR1,350.62
Richmond, VA1,306.17
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN1,297.3
New Orleans-Metairie, LA1,270.4
Salt Lake City, UT1,222.54
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT1,206.3
Birmingham-Hoover, AL1,151.8
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY1,130.15
Number of residents in thousands
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA19,979.48
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA13,291.49
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI9,498.72
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX7,539.71
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX6,997.38
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV6,249.95
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL6,198.78
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD6,096.37
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA5,949.95
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH4,875.39
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ4,857.96
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA4,729.48
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA4,622.36
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI4,326.44
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA3,939.36
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI3,629.19
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA3,343.36
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL3,142.66
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO2,932.42
St. Louis, MO-IL2,805.47
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD2,802.79
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL2,572.96
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC2,569.21
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX2,518.04
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA2,478.81
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA2,345.21
Pittsburgh, PA2,324.74
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV2,231.65
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN2,190.21
Austin-Round Rock, TX2,168.32
Kansas City, MO-KS2,143.65
Columbus, OH2,106.54
Cleveland-Elyria, OH2,057.01
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN2,048.7
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA1,999.11
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN1,930.96
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC1,728.73
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA1,621.34
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI1,576.11
Jacksonville, FL1,534.7
Oklahoma City, OK1,396.45
Raleigh, NC1,362.54
Memphis, TN-MS-AR1,350.62
Richmond, VA1,306.17
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN1,297.3
New Orleans-Metairie, LA1,270.4
Salt Lake City, UT1,222.54
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT1,206.3
Birmingham-Hoover, AL1,151.8
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY1,130.15
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by Erin Duffin, last edited Jun 4, 2019
With 19.97 million residents, the New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area was the most populous in the United States in 2018. The Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and Houston metropolitan areas rounded out the top five in the U.S.
What is a metropolitan area?

It may seem strange that a metropolitan area can contain cities and areas in different states, such as the New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area, but there is a specific reason as to why that is: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a metropolitan statistical area is either one or more counties that has a city in it with a population of 50,000 inhabitants or more, or is an area defined by the Census with a population of 100,000 or more. Metropolitan areas are particularly helpful in tracking demographic change over time in large communities and allow officials to see where the largest pockets of inhabitants are in the country.

The Big Apple

While some may believe cities to be dangerous areas with higher crime rates than towns in rural areas, large cities can also be areas of great diversity and opportunity. The New York City economy is one of the strongest in the country, and because of this, is a global financial center that is home to start ups, Fortune 500 companies, and Wall Street.
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