Number of U.S. cities, towns, villages by population size 2018

How many incorporated places are registered in the U.S.?

There were 19,495 incorporated places registered in the United States in 2018. 16,411 had a population under 10,000 and in contrast, only 10 cities had a population of one million or more.

Small-town America

Suffice it to say, almost nothing is more idealized in the American imagination than small-town America. When asked where they would prefer to live, 30 percent of Americans reported that they would prefer to live in a small town. Americans tend to prefer small-town living due to a perceived slower pace of life, close-knit communities, and a more affordable cost of living when compared to large cities.

An increasing population

Despite a preference for small-town life, metropolitan areas in the U.S. still see high population figures, with the New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago metro areas being the most populous in the country. Metro and state populations are projected to increase by 2040, so while some may move to small towns to escape city living, those small towns may become more crowded in the upcoming decades.

Number of cities, towns and villages (incorporated places) in the United States in 2018, by population size

Population sizeNumber of incorporated places
1,000,000 or more10
500,000 to 999,99926
250,000 to 499,99951
100,000 to 249,999223
50,000 to 99,999465
25,000 to 49,999735
10,000 to 24,9991,574
Under 10,00016,411
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Release date

May 2019


United States

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