Top 10 Most Populated Cities in the U.S in 2019

Are you thinking of moving to another city? Perhaps you're even thinking of starting a business in another city? Or maybe you just want to know a few details prior to vacationing in a city you've not visited before? Possibility, you’re simply eager to know more information in general?

Whatever the case may be, below you will find a list of the 10 Most Populated Cities in the United States. This doesn’t mean the city with the most skyscrapers; it means the city with the most people. And, yes, population and development often go hand-in-hand. Population growth and the potential for future economic growth also go hand-in-hand. Population growth (or declines) since 2000 have been included. Also included for each city are median age, median household income, and estimated home/condo values. This makes it easy to see what cities are the most and least affordable.

All stats below courtesy of City-Data.com. All population change numbers are positive unless in parenthesis, which indicates a population decline.

1. New York, N.Y.

Population: 8,213,839

Population Change Since 2000: 5.0%

Median Age: 35.5 

Median Household Income: $50,895

Median House/Condo Value: $478,400

Statewide Median House/Condo Value: $280,900

Best Known For: Finance, tourism, culture

2. Los Angeles, Calif.

Population: 3,794,640

Population Change Since 2000: 5.1%

Median Age: 34.1

Median Household Income: $46,803

Median House/Condo Value: $421,700

Statewide Median House/Condo Value: $349,400

Best Known For: Beverly Hills, Hollywood, beaches, traffic

3. Chicago, Ill.

Population: 2,824,584

Population Change Since 2000: -6.1%

Median Age: 33.1

Median Household Income: $45,214

Median House/Condo Value: $211,700

Statewide Median House/Condo Value: $170,600

Best Known For: Cleanliness, tourism, great food

4. Houston, Texas

Population: 2,076,189

Population Change Since 2000: 12.4%

Median Age: 32.3

Median Household Income: $42,847

Median House/Condo Value: $124,600

Statewide Median House/Condo Value: $129,200

Best Known For: Value, going green, parks

5. Philadelphia, Pa.

Population: 1,517,628

Population Change Since 2000: 2.3%

Median Age: 33.5

Median Household Income: $35,386

Median House/Condo Value: $142,300

Statewide Median House/Condo Value: $163,800

Best Known For: Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Rocky statue, cheesesteaks

6. Phoenix, Az.

Population: 1,476,331

Population Change Since 2000: 14.6%

Median Age: 32.2

Median Household Income: $44,153

Median House/Condo Value: $140,500

Statewide Median House/Condo Value: $151,500

Best Known For: Golf, food, shopping, hiking

7. San Diego, Calif.

Population: 1,284,347

Population Change Since 2000: 10.8%

Median Age: 33.7

Median Household Income: $62,395

Median House/Condo Value: $430,100

Statewide Median House/Condo Value: $349,400

Best Known For: Beaches, tourism, consistently beautiful weather

8. San Antonio, Texas

Population: 1,258,733

Population Change Since 2000: 23.1%

Median Age: 32.7

Median Household Income: $45,424

Median House/Condo Value: $112,300

Statewide Median House/Condo Value: $129,200

Best Known For: The Alamo, San Antonio River Walk, San Antonio Spurs

9. Dallas, Texas

Population: 1,246,185

Population Change Since 2000: 5.8%

Median Age: 31.8

Median Household Income: $41,354

Median House/Condo Value: $133,200

Statewide Median House/Condo Value: $129,200

Best Known For: 19 Unique Districts, White Rock Lake, large homes at affordable prices, young population

10. San Jose, Calif.

Population: 1,026,908

Population Change Since 2000: 11.2%

Median Age: 36.4

Median Household Income: $96,662

Median House/Condo Value: $714,200

Statewide Median House/Condo Value: $525,000

Best Known For: Being the "capital" of Silicon Valley

Other U.S. cities fall close behind in popularity. More of the most populous cities in the U.S. can be found on city-data.com.

The Bottom Line

New York and Los Angeles are crowded and expensive. Houston, Phoenix, Dallas, and San Antonio are the most affordable big cities based on median household income relative to the median household/condo cost. Real estate bargains can be had in Detroit ... for very good reason.