Talk:List of U.S. states' largest cities by population

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Often, the largest city in a state is not its capital (for example Los Angeles, CA); sometimes the largest city is not as well-known as other cities in the state (Virginia Beach, VA, for example). The list becomes more interesting when the second and third largest cities are added; this includes the capital in many cases, and usually the state's best-known cities as well. The relationships between them can then be seen. I'm expanding the list accordingly, putting the capital in italics.

List Ambiguity[edit]

How is "biggest" determined? Are we measuring by population, area, level of development? There needs to be something to note how these cities are the "biggest".

I'm pretty sure this is population. Cameron Nedland 16:30, 23 December 2005 (UTC)

If whomever developed this intensely ambiguous category didn't have an idea whether it's area or population, is it worth setting a standard? Somehow Jacksonville, Florida got to be the "biggest" city in Florida, whatever that means. It would also be I think the biggest city in the U.S.A. if size were the criterion.Flawiki 01:25, 8 February 2006 (UTC)
The cities chosen appear to indicate that it's by population within city limits. Jon 18:16, 6 April 2007 (UTC)


If it is by population, Eugene Oregon is bigger than Salem isn't it? Belay my last. Eugene has the second largest "metropolitan area" but is in fact the third largest city proper.


Silver Spring and Columbia are both CDP/ Unincorporated Communities. Do they count? (talk) 18:56, 1 January 2008 (UTC)


Don't you think it would make sense if the population of the cities were actually shown. And for you to be able to sort by population as well as alphabet?


It might be good to update this list to reflect more recent Census estimates. Would there be any objections to my doing so using the 2007 data? I was also thinking of adding the population numbers and citing all this. Qqqqqq (talk) 05:07, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

More Cities![edit]

Numerous advancements need to be added on this page. We should add the population of the cities under them, and add a 4th city because it could be needed. Along with other things. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:22, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Why five cities? Many of the states' five largest cities are not nationally known, so... Mathpianist93 (talk) 23:41, 13 October 2009 (UTC)


For Virginia alone, would it make sense to include both cities and counties since Virginia treats these two political subdivisions identically, much like several states do for both cities and towns? Qqqqqq (talk) 00:25, 12 February 2012 (UTC)

If there are no objections, I'd like to implement this change. Qqqqqq (talk) 01:46, 15 February 2012 (UTC)


List of cities and census-designated places in Alaska has Juneau third in 2010, which year this table also claims to use. Nicely, both Fairbanks and Juneau articles claim second place. If the figures are correct, Fairbanks was bigger in 2010, while Juneau in 2000 and again in 2011. (talk) 09:11, 14 April 2014 (UTC)