When it comes to relocating, it’s no surprise that the size of the city has a huge impact on a lot of things. The cost of living is typically higher. Traffic is usually worse. But, on the upside, there’s typically more entertainment offerings and dining options to enjoy.
So, if you’re planning a move (or, if you’re just curious about geography in general), you might want to be in the know about the top 10 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Check out this list of the biggest metro areas—counting down from 10—and prepare to be amazed at the tremendous size of some of our US cities! Just be forewarned, these cities are also probably some of the most expensive to live in.
10. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA
2014 Estimated Population: 4,732,161
This area is packed full with history, and quite a few people, too! With a population over 4,700,000, the Boston metro area just squeaks into the top 10 list!
9. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA
2014 Estimated Population: 5,614,323
The Atlanta area has nearly 1,000,000 more people than Boston, a pretty significant jump over the next closest area.
8. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
2014 Estimated Population: 5,929,819
Miami has tons of sunshine and beaches, and plenty of people to enjoy them! With nearly 6,000,000 people in the metro area,
7. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
2014 Estimated Population: 6,033,737
As the home of our nation’s capitol, it’s no surprise that the Washington, DC metro area boasts a pretty big population!
6. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
2014 Estimated Population: 6,051,170
Not only does it have the Liberty Bell, but the Philadelphia area is home to a little over 6,000,000 people.
5. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
2014 Estimated Population: 6,490,180
Texas is a big state, so it really only makes sense that they would have two large metropolitan areas on the list!
4. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
2014 Estimated Population: 6,954,330
As the other large Texas metropolitan area, the Dallas/Fort Worth region is home to close to 7,000,000 people.
3. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
2014 Estimated Population: 9,554,598
As the largest city in the Midwest, Chicago comes in as number three on the list of largest metropolitan area.
2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
2014 Estimated Population: 13,262,220
The Los Angeles metro area is a big jump over the next largest city, with over 13,000,000 people.
1. New York-New Jersey-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
2014 Estimated Population: 20,092,883
The New York City area is, by far, the largest metropolitan area in the United States. With over 20,000,000 people, it’s no wonder it’s called the city that never sleeps.
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