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Mexico City skyline   Mexico City and New York compete for the role of the most populous city in North and Central America, with the first one prevailing both considering the entire urban area or taking into account only the city limits; the difference is however slight in both cases.

   Los Angeles is the only other city to exceed 10 million inhabitants, always taking into account the urban agglomeration; 69% of the cities in the ranking are located in the United States of America, which is the most populated country on this continent.

   Mexico and Canada, the other two most important countries of North and Central America, are present with some cities; some capitals of the most populous remaining nations complete the ranking.


City Urban aggl.  Population Urban area Country Other cities in urban area
Mexico City 21,505,000 8,844,000 2,385 Km² Mexico Ecatepec de Morelos,
Nezahualcóyotl, Naucalpan
New York 20,902,000 8,253,000 12,093 Km² United States Hempstead, Brookhaven
Islip, Oyster Bay, Newark
Los Angeles 15,477,000 3,970,000 6,351 Km² United States Long Beach, Anaheim,
Santa Ana, Riverside
Chicago 9,013,000 2,678,000 7,006 Km² United States Aurora, Naperville, Joliet
Washington 7,583,000 690,000 5,281 Km² United States Baltimora, Arlington
Boston 7,340,000 692,000 9,538 Km² United States Worcester, Providence
Toronto 6,985,000 2,732,000 2,334 Km² Canada Mississauga, Brampton,
Hamilton
Dallas 6,960,000 1,343,000 5,278 Km² United States Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano
Houston 6,529,000 2,316,000 4,931 Km² United States Cypress, Pasadena
San Jose 6,481,000 1,014,000 2,872 Km² United States San Francisco, Oakland
Miami 6,212,000 472,000 3,313 Km² United States Hialeah, Fort Lauderdale
Philadelphia 5,697,000 1,578,000 5,429 Km² United States  
Monterrey 5,584,000 1,143,000 896 Km² Mexico Guadalupe, Apodaca
Guadalajara 5,437,000 1,386,000 811 Km² Mexico Zapopan, Tlaquepaque,
Tonalá
Atlanta 5,434,000 513,000 7,400 Km² United States Sandy Springs
Phoenix 4,685,000 1,708,000 3,237 Km² United States Mesa, Chandler
Scottsdale, Glendale
Santo Domingo 4,292,000 965,000 430 Km² Dominican Rep. Los Alcarrizos
Detroit 4,192,000 665,000 4,268 Km² United States Warren, Sterling Heights
Seattle 4,084,000 770,000 3,263 Km² United States Tacoma
Montreal 3,746,000 1,705,000 1,303 Km² Canada Laval, Longueuil
San Diego 3,226,000 1,422,000 1,917 Km² United States Chula Vista, Oceanside,
Escondido
Port-au-Prince 3,016,000 987,000 267 Km² Haiti Carrefour, Delmas,
Pétion-Ville, Cité Soleil
Guatemala City 2,993,000 923,000 409 Km² Guatemala Mixco, Villa Nueva
Minneapolis 2,945,000 433,000 2,877 Km² United States Saint Paul
Denver 2,861,000 736,000 1,764 Km² United States Aurora, Lakewood
Tampa 2,819,000 408,000 2,600 Km² United States St. Petersburg
Cleveland 2,770,000 379,000 3,572 Km² United States Akron
Las Vegas 2,551,000 662,000 1,080 Km² United States Henderson, Spring Valley,
Paradise, North Las Vegas
Puebla 2,511,000 1,542,000 445 Km² Mexico Cholula de Rivadavia
Salt Lake City 2,452,000 204,000 1,722 Km² United States West Valley City
Vancouver 2,429,000 631,000 914 Km² Canada Surrey, Burnaby
Orlando 2,377,000 289,000 2,155 Km² United States  
St. Louis 2,248,000 298,000 2,564 Km² United States  
San Antonio 2,162,000 1,567,000 1,557 Km² United States  
Portland 2,116,000 657,000 1,393 Km² United States Vancouver
Charlotte 2,111,000 900,000 2,994 Km² United States  
Tijuana 2,064,000 1,811,000 414 Km² Mexico  
San Juan 2,058,000 310,000 2,269 Km² Puerto Rico
(United States)
Bayamón, Carolina
San José 1,986,000 335,000 420 Km² Costa Rica San Francisco, Alajuela
Sacramento 1,932,000 513,000 1,233 Km² United States Elk Grove, Roseville
Austin 1,922,000 995,000 1,368 Km² United States Round Rock
León 1,858,000 1,580,000 368 Km² Mexico  
Toluca de Lerdo 1,816,000 224,000 433 Km² Mexico Metepec
Kansas City 1,734,000 497,000 1,886 Km² United States Overland Park, Olathe
Cincinnati 1,700,000 305,000 2,064 Km² United States  
Pittsburgh 1,689,000 299,000 2,388 Km² United States  
Havana 1,659,000 1,659,000 319 Km² Cuba  
Indianapolis 1,637,000 878,000 1,860 Km² United States  
San Salvadòr 1,600,000 210,000 205 Km² El Salvador Soyapango, Apopa
Raleigh 1,522,000 474,000 1,829 Km² United States Durham, Cary
Ciudad Juárez 1,502,000 1,502,000 373 Km² Mexico  
Columbus 1,500,000 904,000 1,342 Km² United States  


* data on urban agglomerations updated to 2021 (estimates), those on population according to official data or more recent estimates of the national statistical services, when different from urban agglomerations.