Table 3: Twenty largest metropolitan cities in the US by population, 1950–2010.

Rank19501970199020002010
City nameCity nameCity nameCity nameCity name

1New York, NYNew York, NYNew York, NYNew York, NYNew York, NY
2Chicago, ILChicago, ILLos Angeles, CALos Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA
3Philadelphia, PALos Angeles, CAChicago, ILChicago, ILChicago, IL
4Los Angeles, CAPhiladelphia, PAHouston, TXHouston, TXHouston, TX
5Detroit, MIDetroit, MIPhiladelphia, PAPhiladelphia, PAPhiladelphia, PA

6Baltimore, MDHouston, TXSan Diego, CAPhoenix, AZPhoenix, AZ
7Cleveland, OHBaltimore, MDDetroit, MISan Diego, CASan Antonio, TX
8St. Louis, MODallas, TXDallas, TXDallas, TXSan Diego, CA
9Washington, DCWashington, DCSan Antonio, TXLouisville-Jefferson Co, KYDallas, TX
10Boston, MACleveland, OHPhoenix, AZSan Antonio, TXSan Jose, CA

11San Francisco, CAIndianapolis, INSan Jose, CADetroit, MIJacksonville, FL
12Pittsburgh, PAMilwaukee, WIBaltimore, MDSan Jose, CAIndianapolis, IN
13Milwaukee, WISan Francisco, CAIndianapolis, INIndianapolis, INSan Francisco, CA
14Houston, TXSan Diego, CASan Francisco, CASan Francisco, CAAustin, TX
15Buffalo, NYSan Antonio, TXColumbus, OHJacksonville, FLColumbus, OH

16New Orleans, LABoston, MAJacksonville, FLColumbus, OHFort Worth, TX
17Minneapolis, MNMemphis, TNMilwaukee, WIAustin, TXCharlotte, NC
18Cincinnati, OHSt. Louis, MOMemphis, TNBaltimore, MDDetroit, MI
19Seattle, WANew Orleans, LAWashington, DCMemphis, TNEl Paso, TX
20Kansas City, MOPhoenix, AZBoston, MAMilwaukee, WIMemphis, TN

Bold denotes new to the top twenty.