Table 2: The twenty largest metropolitan areas in the US by population, 1950–2010.

Rank19501970199020002010
MSA nameMSA nameMSA nameMSA nameMSA name

1New York—Northeastern NJNew York, NYNew York (CMSA)New York, NY (CMSA)New York, NY (CSA)
2Chicago, ILLos Angeles/Long Beach, CALos Angeles, CA (CMSA)Los Angeles, CA (CMSA)Los Angeles, CA (CSA)
3Los Angeles, CAChicago, ILChicago, IL (CMSA)Chicago, IL (CMSA)Chicago, IL (CSA)
4Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia, PAWashington, DC (CMSA)Washington, DC (CMSA)Washington, DC/Baltimore, (CSA)
5Detroit, MIDetroit, MISan Francisco/Oakland, CA (CMSA)San Francisco/Oakland, CA (CMSA)Boston, MA (CSA)

6Boston, MASan Francisco, CAPhiladelphia, PA (CMSA)Philadelphia, PA (CMSA)San Jose/San Francisco/Oakland, CA (CSA)
7San Fran/Oakland, CAWashington, DCBoston, MA (CMSA)Boston, MA (CMSA)Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (CSA)
8Pittsburgh, PABoston, MADetroit, MI (CMSA)Detroit, MI (CMSA)Philadelphia, PA (CSA)
9St. Louis, MOPittsburgh, PADallas, TX (CMSA)Dallas, TX (CMSA)Houston, TX (CSA)
10Cleveland, OHSt. Louis, MOHouston, TX (CMSA)Houston, TX (CMSA)Atlanta, CSA

11Washington, DCBaltimore, MDMiami, FL (CMSA)Atlanta, GA (CMSA)Detroit, MI (CSA)
12Baltimore, MDCleveland, OHSeattle, WA (CMSA)Miami, FL (CMSA)Seattle, WA (CSA)
13Minneapolis/St. Paul, MNHouston, TXAtlanta, GA (CMSA)Seattle, WA (CMSA)Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (CSA)
14Buffalo, NYNewark, NJCleveland, OH (CMSA)Phoenix/Mesa, AZ (CMSA)Denver, CO (CSA)
15Cincinnati, OHMinneapolis/St. Paul, MNMinneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSA)Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSA)Cleveland, OH (CSA)

16Milwaukee, WIDallas, TXSan Diego, CACleveland, OH (CMSA)St. Louis, MO (CSA)
17Kansas City, MOSeattle, WASt. Louis, MOSan Diego, CAOrlando, FL (CSA)
18Houston, TXAnaheim, CAPittsburgh (MSA)St. Louis, MOSan Juan, PR (CSA)
19Providence, RIMilwaukee, WISan Juan, PR (CMSA)Denver, CO (CMSA)Sacramento, CA (CSA)
20Seattle, WAAtlanta, GAPhoenix/Mesa, AZ (CMSA)San Juan, PR (CMSA)Pittsburgh, PA (CSA)

Bold denotes new to the top twenty. CMSA: combined metropolitan statistical area. CSA: combined statistical area.