The United States is a great country that serves as a melting pot of immigrants coming from different parts of the world. It also has great cities spanning the entire country from the East Coast to the West. Some have economic activities so great that they exceed the outputs of entire countries. They also have population figures that can rival small countries.
Here is a list of the top ten most populated cities in the United States.
1. New York City, New York – 8,244,910
The Big Apple is the city with the largest population in the country. It also has the distinction of being the largest city in the world in terms of area. The city is divided into five boroughs, namely Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island. It is the center of international diplomacy, with the headquarters of the United Nations located in the city. You can also imbibe as much culture as you want with the city’s many museums and theaters. For sports lovers, New York has at least two teams in each of the four major North American team sport. While parking may be a problem especially in the center of the city, public transportation in the form of its numerous subways and taxicabs are readily available. Its citizens are known for their resiliency, having risen from the ashes brought about by terrorist attacks and hurricane disasters. As the song goes, if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.
2. Los Angeles, California – 3,819,702
The City of Angels is the second largest city in the U.S. in terms of population. How many of these are wanna-be actors, we will never know. There is a large number of movie and television studios located in the city with Hollywood at the center, thus making Los Angeles the entertainment capital. It is considered as the third richest city in the planet. As a result of the popularity of American movies and television shows, most of which are produced in the city, Los Angeles wields a great deal of cultural influence on the rest of the world.
3. Chicago, Illinois – 2,707,120
Whenever we hear of Chicago, we cannot help but think of Michael Jordan, the basketball superstar who transcended the sport. We also think of the Sears Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world. But Chicago is actually much more than that, as it is a center for business, telecommunications and finance. Its economy is the fourth biggest among cities in the world. It also has an extremely busy transportation sector, with its international airport being the second busy in the world in terms of traffic movements.
4. Houston, Texas – 2,145,146
In the movie Apollo 11, the character played by Tom Hanks famously exclaimed the line “Houston, we have a problem.” That Houston is the city in Texas where the Mission Control Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, is located. But aside from aeronautics, the city also has a dynamic energy, manufacturing and transportation sectors. The city also hosts the second most number of headquarters among the top corporations listed in Fortune 500, with only New York surpassing their number.
5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 1,536,471
Its citizens are known to be tough and loud, with its football fans booing and jeering even Santa Claus during halftime of one of its games. Quite ironic since they are known as the City of Brotherly Love who loves underdogs, as depicted in the movie Rocky. But Philadelphia’s population actually has something to smile about. They have a vibrant financial sector, and the city is considered as not only the economic center of the region, but also the cultural capital. Philadelphia is also known for its health education and research facilities.
6. Phoenix, Arizona – 1,469,471
Phoenix is the capital of Arizona. As a result, the government employs most of its residents. It is the home of several high technology firms and telecommunication companies. Intel has located several of its chip manufacturing laboratories in the city. Phoenix is also the home of the aerospace department of Honeywell. Tourism and recreation are also major contributors to the city’s economy because of its year-round warm climate.
7. San Antonio, Texas – 1,359,758
San Antonio is the most visited city in the state of Texas. Popular tourist destinations are the Alamo, Six Flags, the River Walk and Sea World San Antonio. Tourism plays a major part in the city’s economy, and it plays host to more than 300 conventions each year. It is also the site of one of the largest military concentrations in the mainland U.S. San Antonio is home to Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base and Brooks City base. In addition, Camp Bullis and Camp Stanley are located just outside the city limits. As a result, the defense industry employs around 90,000 people, and provides more than $5 billion in impact to the economy.
8. San Diego, California – 1,326,179
Considered as the birthplace of California, the city is adjacent to Mexico. It is a center for healthcare and biotechnology development. Its economy relies heavily on its association with the US Navy, with five percent of all civilian jobs being related to the military. It hosts the largest naval fleet in the world. More than 15,000 businesses in the city rely on contracts with the Defense Department. San Diego is also the site of the only major shipbuilding and submarine yards in the West Coast.
9. Dallas, Texas – 1, 223, 229
Dallas is the site of the Telecom Corridor, an area where all the major telecommunication firms hold an office. The city has one of the highest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the entire country. American Airlines is the biggest employer, while Exxon Mobil maintains its headquarters in the city.
10. San Jose, California – 967,487
San Jose is the largest city within Silicon Valley. Cost of living in the city is one of the highest in the country, brought about by housing prices in the area. Its citizens have the highest disposable income of any major city in the country. More than a third of all venture capital funds are invested in companies in the area.
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