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Which are the largest 100 cities in the cities in the U.S. based on population? Which 10 cities have the highest median household income? Housing value? Housing value to operating cost index? Percent high school graduates? Use the data and tools described on this page to get answers to questions like these -- based on criteria that you select.

More than 60-percent of the total U.S. population live in cities. Of these approximate 19,500 cities almost 13,000 cities have a population of less than 2,500 and account for just a little over 3-percent of the total U.S. population. See the related city/place population section for more details.

This section provides access to a broad range of demographic-economic attributes for cities and places with 20,000 population and over (52% of total U.S. population). Use the interactive ranking table below to rank the approximate 2,900 largest U.S. cities on various criteria. Use the GIS project and associated datasets described in this section for extended analysis.

View Map of 17 U.S. Cities with Median Housing Value of $1 Million+ Print   Click to View

City/Place Demographic Economic Ranking Table
  Interactive ranking table -- click column header to sort; click again to sort other direction.
  See related Ranking Tables Main Page; see related similar ranking table for counties

Ranking Table Item Descriptions & Usage Notes View

Extended Subject Matter
The ranking table contains selected items from the much broader set of demographic profile datasets described below. The datasets are available in Excel structure and/or integrated into shapefiles for use in GIS applications (see more information below).

  • DP1. General Demographics Dataset Print   View
  • DP2. Social Characteristics Dataset Print   View
  • DP3. Economic Characteristics Dataset Print   View
  • DP4. Housing Characteristics Dataset Print   View

Long-term Trends
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See 1990-2000 place population trends for information on place population and population change from the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses.

City/Place GIS Resources and Pattern Analysis
Use Proximity current or historical vintage city/place point and/or boundary shapefile with integrated geodemographic-economic data to view/analyze maps and thematic patterns for one or all U.S. city/place(s). Updated annually, view city/place boundaries/locations in context of streets, counties, school districts, and other geography using the CommunityViewer software. See this GIS/mapping example of viewing/analyzing city/place boundary change.

More About Cities and Places
The focus of this section is on places/areas of population concentration. Cities are incorporated cities which have governmental authority and boundaries as established by the corresponding state. Most cities are places of population concentration and differentiated from towns which are adminstrative subdivisions of counties. There are many areas of population concentration that are not incorporated. These areas are referred to as Census designated places (CDPs). CDP boundaries are estalished by the Census Bureau working with local organizations. CDPs are included in the cities and places descibed in this section.

Additional Information
Proximity develops geodemographic-economic data and analytical tools and helps organizations knit together and use diverse data in a decision-making and analytical framework. We develop custom demographic/economic estimates and projections, develop geographic and geocoded address files, and assist with impact and geospatial analyses. Wide-ranging organizations use our tools (software, data, methodologies) to analyze their own data integrated with other data. Contact Proximity (888-364-7656) with questions about data covered in this section or to discuss custom estimates, projections or analyses for your areas of interest.

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