Largest cities in the Americas

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This is a list of the 50 largest cities in the Americas by population residing within city limits as of 2015, the most recent year for which official population census results, estimates, or short-term projections are available for most of these cities. These figures do not reflect the population of the urban agglomeration or metropolitan area which typically do not coincide with the administrative boundaries of the city. For a list of the latter, see List of metropolitan areas in the Americas by population. These figures refer to mid-2015 populations with the following exceptions:

  1. Mexican cities, whose figures derive from the 2015 Intercensal Survey conducted by INEGI with a reference date of 15 March 2015;[1]
  2. Calgary, whose 2015 municipal census had a reference date of April 1.[2]
  3. Brazilian cities, whose figures originate from the 2021 estimate given by the IBGE, with a reference date of July 1, 2021.[3]
City Image Country Population Year
1 São Paulo  Brazil 12,396,372[4] 2021
3 Mexico City Mexico Mexico 8,918,653[a][5][6] 2015[b]
2 New York City  United States 8,992,908[7] 2022
4 Lima  Peru 8,894,412[c][8] 2015
5 Bogotá  Colombia 7,862,277[d][10] 2015
6 Rio de Janeiro  Brazil 6,775,561[11] 2021
7 Santiago  Chile 5,507,282[e][12] 2015
8 Los Angeles  United States 3,971,883[7] 2015
9 Caracas  Venezuela 3,289,886[f][13] 2015
10 Brasília  Brazil 3,094,325[14] 2021
11 Buenos Aires  Argentina 3,054,267[15] 2015
12 Guatemala City  Guatemala 2,934,841[16] 2020
13 Salvador  Brazil 2,900,319[17] 2021
14 Toronto Canada Canada 2,826,498[g][19] 2015
15 Chicago  United States 2,720,546[7] 2015
16 Fortaleza  Brazil 2,703,391[20] 2021
17 Guayaquil  Ecuador 2,589,229[21] 2015
18 Quito  Ecuador 2,551,721[21] 2015
19 Belo Horizonte  Brazil 2,530,701[22] 2021
20 Medellín  Colombia 2,434,647[d][10] 2015
21 Cali  Colombia 2,333,203[d][10] 2015
22 Houston  United States 2,296,224[7] 2015
23 Manaus  Brazil 2,255,903[23] 2021
24 Havana Cuba Cuba 2,117,625[24] 2015
25 Curitiba  Brazil 1,963,726[25] 2021
26 Panama City  Panama 1,938,000[26] 2016
27 Montreal Canada Canada 1,753,034[27] 2015
28 Ecatepec de Morelos Mexico Mexico 1,677,678[h][5][6] 2015[b]
29 Recife  Brazil 1,661,017[28] 2021
30 Maracaibo  Venezuela 1,653,211[13] 2015
31 Santa Cruz de la Sierra  Bolivia 1,614,224[29] 2015
32 Phoenix  United States 1,644,409 [30] 2022
33 Philadelphia  United States 1,567,442[7] 2015
34 Goiânia  Brazil 1,555,626[31] 2021
35 Belém  Brazil 1,506,420[32] 2021
36 Porto Alegre  Brazil 1,492,530[33] 2021
37 San Antonio  United States 1,469,845[7] 2015
38 Guadalajara Mexico Mexico 1,460,148[h][5][6] 2015[b]
39 Puebla Mexico Mexico 1,437,939[i][34] 2015[b]
40 Córdoba  Argentina 1,414,201[35] 2015
41 Guarulhos  Brazil 1,404,694[36] 2021
42 San Diego  United States 1,394,928[7] 2015
43 Ciudad Juárez Mexico Mexico 1,382,753[i][34] 2015[b]
44 Montevideo  Uruguay 1,379,560[j][37] 2015
45 León Mexico Mexico 1,349,224[i][34] 2015[b]
46 Dallas  United States 1,300,092[7] 2015
47 Tijuana Mexico Mexico 1,298,475[i][34] 2015[b]
48 Calgary Canada Canada 1,230,915[2] 2015[k]
49 Campinas  Brazil 1,223,237[39] 2021
50 Barranquilla  Colombia 1,214,253[d][10] 2015
51 Tegucigalpa  Honduras 1,190,230[40] 2015

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Population estimate is that of the federal entity known since 2016 as Ciudad de México and previously as the Distrito Federal.[1]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Population estimate has a reference date of March 15, 2015.[1]
  3. ^ Population projection is that of Lima Province and not the Lima Metropolitan Area.
  4. ^ a b c d Population projections for Colombian cities are that of the cabecera municipal (municipal seat).[9]
  5. ^ Population projection is that of Santiago Province.
  6. ^ Population projection is that of the Metropolitan District of Caracas, which comprises the municipalities of Libertador, Chacao, Baruta, Sucre and El Hatillo.
  7. ^ Population estimate is that of the Toronto census division, which consists solely of the City of Toronto.[18]
  8. ^ a b Population estimate is that of the entire municipio.
  9. ^ a b c d Population estimate is that of the cabecera municipal (municipal seat).
  10. ^ Population projection is that of Montevideo Department.
  11. ^ Population from municipal census based on a census date of 1 April 2015.[2] In April 2016 Calgary's annual municipal census reported a population of 1,235,171.[38]

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