Many North American cities are known far beyond the borders of the continent. Not only do they stand out in terms of size of the populated, but also for their important cultural and economic contributions to their respective countries as a whole. Over the years, cities in Canada, the United States, and Mexico have often been swapped in rankings due to a variety of factors affecting population growth.
The population of North America is about 579 million. Taking a closer look at this population of more than half a billion people, we have identified some of the largest, most important cities on the continent in terms of population. In this article, the urban populations listed are those of the metropolises, not necessarily the correct urban populations within the limits of the city limits.
The 10 largest cities in North America
1. New York, United States (23,723,696)
New York City has long been considered one of the most important cities on the continent and in the world as a whole. With a metropolitan population of 23,723,696, New York is known worldwide as ‘the city that never sleeps’ and as a place where dreams come true. While we don’t take that flattering hyperbole literally, it’s undeniably a fact that this city offers endless career opportunities, and it’s safe to say that career growth is one of the main drivers behind the choice of massive numbers of people to stay in and around New York City. People around the world are betting that their luck will be better in New York, hoping to find a career path that will eventually allow them to stay in the city permanently and enjoy the abundant fruits of the “Big Apple”.
2. Mexico City, Mexico (22,000,000)
Mexico City closely follows New York as the most populous urban area in North America, with a population of 22,000,000. The population of Mexico City continues to grow, with an annual rate of 1.8%. Most Mexican industrial products are produced in the area, which makes it a logical point of displacement of job-seeking migrants who continue to flow into this city from all over the country.
3. Los Angeles, United States (17,500,000)
Over time, Los Angeles has come to rival its cross-country rival counterpart as one of the largest metropolises in North America. The metro area is home to Hollywood, the land of show business and entertainment, as well as internationally important financial institutions. Its location also makes it an important link between the contingent United States and another world across the Pacific. For many, LA means limitless possibilities, keeping locals and newcomers coming in hopes of achieving their own “California Dreamin'”.
4. Chicago, United States (8,759,312)
Chicago is located in the midwestern United States. It has a total metropolitan population of over 8.7 million people. Despite the cold winters, the city of Chicago has attracted people from all over the United States as well as the world with its culture, opportunities, and relaxed atmosphere.
5. Washington, United States (8,300,000)
Washington, DC is the capital of the United States of America. It is home to more than 8.3 million people in its wider metro area, which includes parts of Virginia and Maryland. Many Washington, D.C. residents are employed by the federal government, which is a major source of employment in the area.
6. San Francisco, United States (7,610,000)
San Francisco, California, is the sixth – largest city in North America and the second-largest city on the west coast of the United States by population. With over 7.6 million people in its metro area, San Francisco has long been famous as a cultural center in the United States. The iconic cityscape has drawn millions to its borders. More recently, Silicon Valley jobs have also served as enticing factors for new residents moving to the area.
7. Boston, United States (7,350,000)
Boston is the largest city in the New England region of the United States. It is also the seventh largest city in North America, with more than 7.3 million people living in the metro area. Boston is known as one of the most historic cities in the United States, as well as the site of some of the country’s top-rated universities, including Harvard and MIT.
8. Philadelphia, United States (7,350,000)
Philadelphia is the largest city in the U.S. State of Pennsylvania and the eighth largest city in North America. Philadelphia, the birthplace of America, was the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Today, it is a well-connected east coast city with a vibrant urban culture.
9. Dallas-Fort Worth, United States (7,233,323)
The Dallas-Forth Worth area is the most populous city in the U.S. State of Texas, with a total population of 7.2 million in the urban area. It is a major Center for air travel and business travel, as well as Southern American culture.
10. Houston, United States (6,150,000)
Houston, also based in Texas, has the spot of the tenth most populous city in North America with a metro population of 6.1 million. Houston is perhaps best known for its Space Center.