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America's Cities
-- Demographic Characteristics & Trends

December 2023 .. the latest official 2022 resident population estimate (May 2023) for the approximate 19,500 U.S. cities was 208.8 million. Of these cities, approximately 13,500 are in metropolitan areas (CBSAs). Small town America, 11,896 cities/towns are under 2,000 population in 2022 as can be determined using the interactive table below. Of the largest ten cities in 2022, all lost population except Phoenix and San Antonio.

See about the related 2022 resident population estimates for counties in the CountyTrends section.

Cities with 100,000 Population or More in 2022
The following graphic shows cities as markers with 2022 population of 100,000 or more. Click graphic for larger view (shows city names); expand window to full screen.

- use VDA Web GIS to interact with map view.

Cities Gaining/Losing Population 2020-2022
The following graphic shows cities as markers with 1,000 or more population.
.. the largest 10 metros based on total population are shown with bold boundary.
.. green markers are cities gaining population; orange markers are cities losing population.
.. click graphic for larger view; much better marker view; expand window to full screen for best quality view.

- use VDA Web GIS to interact with map view.

City Demographic Trends & Characteristics 2020-2022 Interactive Table .. goto top
  Rank on any column by clicking column header; use mouse-over on column header to view description of item.
  Use horizontal bar, slide right, to view more columns.
  .. use buttons below table for selective columns view.

Usage Notes
  • Click ShowAll between queries/filters.
  • Use left-most column to select by state.
  • Find in Name button; click ShowAll button first
    .. click Find in Name button to search column 1 for text in edit box.
    .. text entered in edit box is case sensitive.
    .. partial names are okay to use.
    .. click with default value to view all rows with "Houston" (no quotes)
  • Find in CBSA button; click ShowAll button first
    .. click Find in CBSA button to search column 6 for text in edit box.
    .. text entered in edit box must be the 5-character CBSA code.
    .. click with default value to view all rows with "26420" (no quotes)
        ... 26420 is the Houston, TX metro CBSA code
    .. enter the CBSA code for a metro of interest see list of codes.

  • Find in County button; click ShowAll button first
    .. click FindCounty button to search column 5 for text in edit box.
    .. text entered in edit box must be the 5-character state+county FIPS code.
    .. click with default value to view all rows with "48201" (no quotes)
        ... 48201 is the Harris County, TX state+county FIPS code
    .. enter the state+county FIPS code for county of interest see list of codes.

Selected columns buttons
  • Population Min & Max> button
    .. click to show only peer group counties based on values
        in min and max edit boxes.
    .. enter the minimum 2022 population in the left edit box.
    .. enter the maximum 2022 population in the right edit box.
  • Click ShowAll between queries/filters.

Using the U.S. by Cities Shapefile with Integrated Demographics .. goto top
The U.S. by city/place shapefile is developed/updated annually as part of the Census Bureau TIGER/Line digital map database. It is the most authoritative and up-to-date source of annually updated incorporated city boundaries. ProximityOne integrates the city population annual time series estimates into the smoothed version of the national U.S. by place shapefile.

About These Data -- goto top
City and sub-county population estimates are developed annually by the Census Bureau. The model-based estimates are normally released in May (e.g., 7/1/22 estimates released in May 2023). Population estimates are for incorporated cities with boundaries as defined as of January 1, 2022.

Incorporated Cities/Places
The legal designations, powers, and functions of incorporated places vary from state to state. Incorporated places include cities, towns (except in New England, New York, and Wisconsin where towns are county administrative subdivision), boroughs (except in Alaska where boroughs are treated as equivalents of counties and New York where five boroughs comprise New York City) and villages. Incorporated places can cross county boundaries.

ProximityOne assigns each city to a county and CBSA/metro (if located in a CBSA). The county is assigned using a U.S. by city point shapefile. The county is assigned to a city for the county that contains the city point (internal area latitude-longitude). The CBSA code is assigned based on the county code (all CBSAs are comprised of one of more counties).

Data in Excel/Database Structure
Data shown in the table are available in the form of Excel, CSV or DBF structure. Users of the shapefile (described above may use the dbf part of the shapefile for tabular/spread-type analysis and to integrate with other data.

Subject Matter Items in Table -- goto top

- City Name
- St
- Type
- Land Area SqMi
- Water Area SqMi
- County Name
- State County Code
- CSA Code
- CBSA Metro Code
- Metro Div Code
- Population 2020
- Population 2021
- Population 2022
- Population 2020-22 Change
- Population 2020-22 %Change

Geographic items based on 2022 TIGER/line data. Other items based on Census 7/1/22 vintage model-based estimates released May 2023 (included in above table).

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Additional Information .. goto top
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