Top 10 Cities in the United States

The Top Ten

1 New York

Okay so people you think NYC should not have the throne of The Greatest City in The US? Well let me show you the reasons why NYC tops Chicago and LA. Okay, I am SO tired of people saying NYC is UGLY! First of all NYC is not the only City that is filthy. There are plenty of other cities including Los Angeles. And NYC filth was just in the 80s. Okay yes NY is expensive but it is not on the top ten list of the states that are expensive, but Cali is. We have awesome sports teams too. And seriously cool down with the mean people. That is not a good excuse. People from all over the world visit NYC so your saying the whole world is mean. Also we don't like southerners invading our personal space. Don't worry we hate you too! There are plenty of attractions about 200 something. Sorry Cali you only have 156. And excuse me don't say we aren't bad drivers Chicago! Let me put out a list for ya'. The bad driver list includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, also Florida too. Sorry Florida, woo, I.. ...more

New York is the most iconic, and the most awe inspiring city that I've ever been to. Compare the NYC skyline to other skylines, it's jaw-dropping. Nothing compares. It is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, home to many of the tallest and former tallest buildings in the world, and a huge melting pot of cultures. Not only that, it's huge with banking & finance, immigration, and the publishing industry. Plus, who hasn't heard of Wall Street, or Times Square, or the Statue of Liberty, or the Empire State Building, or Central Park?

I live here, and I love it. But it's the worst place to go to school, I want to live in the suburbs! The schools are cooler, the people are more like the people in disney movies: The popular girls and boys, jocks, I love that idea! And then in New York, it's the annoying girls who want to look like they're insecure or something, the boys who claim they hate the girls, but talk to them anyways... I'm the only person who claims to not like those girls and stays not talking to them. So the city is great, but the schools stink

Easily #1. NYC is amazing and beautiful. If you think it's too filthy, oh please a lot of other major cities are dirtier. If you think it's full of rude people, New York attracts people from all over the world, so you're going to say the entire world is rude? I want to live near NYC when I'm older. There is so much to see and do, and no other city comes close.

2 Los Angeles

This city is absolutely disgusting! There are many reasons that this city is terrible; major homelessness problem, housing costs, very few good paying jobs, the City council makes WAY too much money, traffic, graffiti, gangs, poverty, pollution, superficial people, the weather gets boring, huge income inequality, etc. With all of the things wrong with this city, you would think it would be lower down on the list, but it is home. Most Angelenos are stuck here, unfortunately.

LA was the best city in the 70's. I love the new skyline. By 2023 it should be very impressive. Would love a couple of towers 2000 feet in southpark and 1370' on bunker hill.

If you only experienced LA from the freeways then you do not know the city at all. Los Angeles is actually one of the coolest places around. The city is filled with tons of culture, and has some of the best art and architecture in the world. Check out some cool neighborhoods like Silverlake, Echo Park, Downtown, Venice, etc. and you will understand what makes this city so great.

L.A. is the best. The weather is the best. It never snows and it rains like 10 times a year. When you plan a day out shopping or golfing, you never have to worry about being rained in or snowed in. That can't be said of freezing N.Y.
The real estate is very expensive. But for that kind of weather and beautiful people and counties, it's worth it.

3 Chicago Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. Chicago is considered one of the most important business centers in the world. ...read more.

I know that New York and LA are more popular than Chicago because more people, but c’mon, chicago is awesome! Sure it is not on the ocean, but it is on the beautiful Lake Michigan! I think that the Great Lakes are more unique that the ocean. Ocean is everywhere, but the Great Lakes are restricted to Ontario and the Midwest (also New York State). Only 8 states touch these mega lakes and so many touch the ocean! Turtles, Muskie and many birds live on the lakes. Chicago even has beaches! It may snow here, but summers here are glorious!

Chicago IS THE BEST PEOPLE I LIVE THERE AND I WILL TELL YOU SOME ATTRACTIONS IN Chicago ONE IS THE HISTORY MUSEUM ALSO THE WILLS TOWER IS awesome! I've BEEN THERE AND LOOKED THROUGH THE CITY WITH A TELESCOPE. IT LOOK AMAZING! THAT IS WHY PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FROM Chicago SHOULD GO THERE ANYTIME SO THEY COULD SEE HOW awesome Chicago COULD EVER GET IN YOUR WHOLE LIFE. BETTER LISTEN TO ME OR PEOPLE FROM Chicago TO SAY THIS IS NUMBER ONE OK?

I've talked to people from New York, and they said that Chicago is exactly like New York City except that it tends to make everything better and its cleaner. Chicagoans are hard working honest people who take a lot of pride in their city, unlike other cities. If you have never visited the windy city, then you're missing out on an entertaining, exciting, and memorable experience which chicagoans experience everyday (regardless of what season it is).

I was in all three largest cities (I'm from Germany), but I liked Chicago the most. The skyline is perfect and you could feel the water (Lake Michigan, the canals) everywhere. Unlike Manhattan, where the buildings want to be far far away from Hudson/East River. I hate New York, because it is too big and it is on an island. Los Angeles is also just too big and you have to use your car to get anywhere (except for the Walk of Fame in Hollywood).

I rent a bike in Chicago and drive along the Lake Michigan shoreline. That was awesome!

4 Seattle Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. It is the seat of King County, Washington.

Best city in the country! Home to Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, Starbucks, and more. The rain actually makes the city pretty cozy, and you can find coffee everywhere!

I Went To Las Vegas, Los Angles, Portland, And San Francisco. I Like Them All, But Vegas Is Hot Even In Night, Los Angles Is Filled With Garbage, Portland Is, Pretty Much Too Simple, And San Francisco Is Pretty Steep. But I Like Seattle The Most. I Know It's Rainy Weather Hogs It, And It Is Steep, But I Like The Space Needle, The Growth, The Great Projects, And The Trees. In My State, Washington.

Seattle is definitely one of the best cities in America. Crime rates happen but is slow compared to other cities like New York, Los Angeles, and even San Francisco. The people here are very polite. Also if you are tech, this is the perfect city to live. Major companies and industries like Boeing, Microsoft, and Amazon are from here. Sports are awesome except for the Mariners choking and no NBA team. Worst thing here is probably homeless camps which is the gay mayor Ed Murray fault

Low crime rates, high quality of life, clean environment, beautiful scenery, and highly educated people contribute to this cities overall greatness. There's a reason this city is the fastest growing city in the country.

5 San Francisco San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is a city in, and the cultural, commercial, and financial center of, Northern California.

I love San Francisco because I'm only two hours north of it. It has great diversity of people and culture. The food is awesome. Being a semi-local I'm not a huge fan of the tourist-y areas like Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39 or that entire area on the Embarcadero. I do however really like Alcatraz and Boudin sourdough. Seeing the Golden Gate is cool, but after a while it just becomes another thing to look at. I love Haight and Ashbury and Union Square. I LOVE THE SF GIANTS! The weather's generally the same year round. It's awesome for day trips and overnighters with groups of friends.

1. NYC is cool, but it is a bit overrated for my taste.
2. As a proud Californian, I will admit that LA is a great city, but it does have its issues. Most importantly, though... Hollywood, baby!
3. It's cool, but not very charming.
San Francisco should be #1. It's GORGEOUS, it has good weather, good food, not a lot of dangerous ghettos, amazing tourist attractions, and very smart people! I will admit that SF is too liberal, though. :L

Since when is a place being too liberal a problem? That usually means the people are nicer.

I love this state but this state actually is supposed to be even more expensive than New York City yes look at that a California city is actually more expensive that a city in New York but both of these states are cool to visit though.

This place is so great. My family has a boat here and we visit every once in a while. There's so much to do here! From Pier 39 to Ghirardelli Square to Golden Gate Park, you'll never feel bored here.

6 Boston Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S.

I was born in raised in Boston, and it is such a unique city. One of the most historic cities in America, it is also a leader in education and medical research. As far as entertainment goes, it has one of the best fan bases for sports in the country and has a great comedy scene as well. Although Boston may be smaller than cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, that adds to the appeal and charm of the city.

Far and away the best city in the United States. Strong economy, great culture, proud people, beautiful historic sites, the breathtaking harbor. As far as food, besides New York you might not find a more diverse selection of delicious foods from many different heritages. The pride Boston has in its sports teams (who win, a lot) is unequal to any other city. Definitely number 1!

Cool,boston is 7th! It's a really nice city and the capital of Massachusetts. I've been there many times and it's really nice! Also there are really great schools in Boston such as MIT (Massachusetts Instatute of Technology). I'm sorry if my spelling is horrible... Another great school is Harvard.

Boston is amazing... Our sport teams are some of the best in the country and we have the oldest baseball park... Fenway park! The sights, food, museums, everything about Boston is great and strong epically the people. BOSTON STRONG

7 Philadelphia Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor ...read more.

Philly has everything NYC has on smaller scale...skyscrapers, parks, museums, downtown shopping, good restaurants/bars. No astronomical taxes, no huge crowds, a train system that actually works, affordable living, friendlier people too. Philadelphia is the United States #1, in my opinion.

Philadelphia is the most historically important, a fact that has become a fundamental part of its character in addition to being one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the United States.

Philadelphia is basically the local version of Africa. No offense, but I'd be ashamed of myself if I lived in Philadelphia. The place is full to the brim with drug-dealing trash. Only Detroit and Chicago are worse.

Should be number 1. Almost every city started with this dime. I'm 13, and all I want to do is go there again. And I was just there a week ago for the 9294005th time

8 Washington, D.C.

The monument, lincoln memorial, jefferson memorial, and Mount Vernon around the corner makes this a good place, DOWNSIDE, traffic, use the metro

Very gay friendly! Easy to get around and the food and nightlife are amazing...

The capitol of the US of A deserves a little more respect don't ya think?

Great place to visit if you love history. Lots of things to do here.

9 Atlanta Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is also the 38th most-populous city in the United States.

Atlanta is great, especially for business, many businesses started and/or are headquartered in Atlanta for example..
1. The Coca Cola company
2. Delta airlines
3. The Home Depot
4. UPS
5. Aflac
6. Southern Company
7. SunTrust Banks
8. Newell-Rubbermade
(parent company of Caphalon, Sharpie and Papermate)
9. AT&T Mobility
10. Arby's
11. Chick-fil-a
12. Waffle House
13. RaceTrac Petroleum
14. Georgia-Pacific
15. Turner Broadcasting System
( Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TNT, Turner South, Turner Classic Movies, CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español, HLN, and CNN Airport Network)
16. American Cancer Society
17. Church's Chicken
18. Hooters of America, Inc.
19. Longhorn Steakhouse
20. Mellow Mushroom
21. Popeye's
22. Porsche AG (American HQ)
23. Sony Mobile
(North American HQ)
24. The Weather Channel
25. YP Holdings

... And that's just some of the big names, not even half the companies. Headquartered ...more

I love Atlanta Georgia because at night all the buildings are lit up and I love to shop in Atlanta. I also love how we have the largest aquarium in the United States.

Atlanta is a great city! It might not be the best, but it's definitely better than the most expensive cities in the U.S, like Los Angeles or NYC city.

I went there during 4th of July in 2015 and this place is great! The Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola was really cool!

10 Miami Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida.

This is by far one of the nicest cities in the North American Continent. It is quickly becoming the architectural, cultural and economic hub of Latin America and that shows in its influence of latin cultural and modern design.

Myrtle Beach, place 154, has a great beach, Miami has good beaches as well, but it's pretty far from DC, Baltimore, Philly, NYC, Boston, Pittsburgh, Roanoke, Richmond, just to name a few. Myrtle Beach is a little bit closer to these cities. The traffic on Saturdays to Myrtle Beach and probably Miami too is bad as well. Myrtle Beach is probably just as good as Miami.

Lovely city has a lot of culture influence by Cuba and other Caribbean islands has a lush and tropical landscape palm trees and tropical fruit trees everywhere AND A LOT OF SUGAR CANE FIELDS Miami beach is your destination this summer I recommend you all to go

Wonderful beach, awesome night clubs, wonderful lights at night, bunch of palm trees, hot girls and nice tropical weather. I also would like to live there, but gotta watch out from hurricanes.

The Contenders

11 San Diego

Okay, if any of you visited this place, you'll know what I'm talking about. There is simply nothing better than this. EVERYONE is so nice and friendly, we are all just outgoing and chill surfers and we love our home. There's pretty much no smoking, gangs, etc. We are just typical happy go lucky people who live the waves.

Best city in US! Just like LA, but perfected. Amazing climate, less traffic, beautiful beaches, and many nice neighborhoods! Much less ghetto than many of the cities on the LA. The city is also rich in culture. Their are neighborhoods and suburbs for any type of person too.

Some people think this city is boring in California because you look at LA and you have all these celebrities, movie studios, beaches. San Diego has so many fun things to do too and it has great weather and great seafood.

By far the best "micro climate" on earth.
Only a few rainy days each year, and usually between 65 and 75 degrees all year, with a few days in the 80's during summer, and below freezing in winter about one day every 10 years.

12 Denver Denver, officially the City and County of Denver, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Colorado.

After living in Austin and Boston I am very happy to have moved to Denver. (Though I think those other two cities are great) Denver has fabulous weather, not to hot or cold, but still has 4 seasons with constant sunshine, and people are quite friendly. The city has done a good job preserving historic areas, while also promoting new development with smart planning. I love having the mountains as a back drop and play area, and the city offers plenty of fun and cultural things to do. Don't sleep on Denver, there is a reason over 50% of the population was born out of state.

Denver is not as large as the leaders on this list, and I wouldn't put it very high on a tourist city list, but Denver is absolutely on of the best cities to live in. Denver is exceptionally clean and modern and its downtown is incredible. I have been to most cities in the country so I know what I am talking about. If you haven't been to Denver in a few years you will be surprised. Denver is absolutely booming right now.

I live in Kansas near colorado. I have been to Denver 27+ times in my lifetime. I have been all around Denver. The city is very diverse, clean, so much construction (its growing fast), great hospitals, nice people (i've talked to a lot of people there), interesting weather, not too hot/cold, lots of nightlife, beautiful homes, however the traffic can be a pain, but there's a lot of good things this city has to offer.

Because of it's size, you would never find Denver on any of the top 10s. But the trutgh is, Denver is the cleanest and best organized citie in the USA. The TRUE gateway to the west, Denver sits upon the doorstep of the Rockies Mountains and is the first place any outdoor enthusiast should start his tour of Rockies. A place for all seasons, Denver is beautiful

13 Minneapolis

We live in the Minneapolis area and anyone who finds it boring here has only themselves to blame. Only New York and Chicago have more theaters than Minneapolis, that's a fact. We have professional sports year round, the Wild is actually pretty good and the Twins and Vikings are improving. There are lakes, hiking and biking trails, great night life, as well as a very active church community. There is the Minnesota Science Center, the Walker Art Center, all sorts of culture all over the place. And shopping? How does MALL OF AMERICA sound? The traffic can get congested but it usually moves pretty well, even at rush hour. And there are actually rural areas right within the Twin Cities metropolitan area. And yes, there is bad weather. You dress for it and enjoy it! The schools are well funded usually and we have a fantastic governor in Mark Dayton. The restaurants are awesome, and for an area of almost three million people, the Twin Cities are easy to get around in. And the winters have ...more

As a Minnesotan I am here to tell you why you should come here. The winters may be brutally cold but the 90 degree summers make up for it. Southern Minnesota has beautiful scenery with small towns all over and plenty to do in both winter and summer. Towns I recommend living/visiting are the Twin Cities, Rochester, Shakopee, and Mankato/Saint Peter.
Northern Minnesota has lakes all over with forests. If you love nature you should definitely stop by. You should visit Bemidji, Duluth, and International falls.

WARNING: must be able to take on -30 winters, man eating mosquitoes, deadly tornadoes, and our accents

AWESOME! Although it does have quite the mosquito problem... And too much darn snow... And cold. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT! It has over 15,000 lakes, diverse population, nice cities, great ski/snowboard areas, amazing state fair, and did I mention LAKES?

Mall of america and ikea are in bloomington not mineapolis sorry

14 Houston Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Only voting so I can comment. As a resident of Houston, I greatly dislike it. I may have grown up here, but it's totally bland and the weather is just ugly, even when it's sunny. I'm surprised that this is higher than Austin (the REAL best city in Texas), Dallas, or even San Antonio..

How is this not in the top 5 at least?! I live in this city, and it is the best. Lots of great places to visit, and a very great place to live.

I live in Houston! It has lots of museums, and is really pretty. Cool downtown area, especially the aquarium!

I'm not saying it's the best citys ever, but one of the best in the United States of america, and should be at least in the top 10.

15 Tampa

Great city to explore with tons of sights to see and things to do. Love the beaches, aquarium, zoo, Busch Gardens, cool neighborhoods, and everything in between.

Love the cool neighborhoods, palm trees, and beautiful beaches nearby.

It is sad that it is lower then Detroit aka the worst city ever

I'm going on vacation there in two weeks

16 Charlotte

Amazing city, and I bet by 2020 it will be in the top 10 most populated US cities. It is the 2nd fastest growing city in the USA (behind Austin), they have plenty of amazing attractions, including a great theme park named Carowinds, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, & the Bank of America Stadium. They are home to amazing sports teams including the famous Charlotte Hornets, Carolina Panthers, & the Charlotte Knights. They have a beautiful skyline, the people there are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet, and it also has amazing weather. It surprises me how many people have no idea this city even exists! It should be higher on this list.

Yep! Gotta love the Queen City! Best city in North Carolina! It's just as good as New York City!

Nice people good food lot to do beautiful scenery best city in north Carolina

Very underrated city. Small, a lot to do, and surprisingly clean.

17 Orlando

I came to Orlando for a 2 week holiday and all I will say is it was the greatest holiday by far I have ever been on.

If you visit Orlando, go to Universal Studios instead of Disney World. It's more fun for all ages.

Orlando used to be rank 4 on based on where people would live in the United States, enough said.

Loads of fun, with their numerous theme parks. Absolutely loved Disney World!

18 Las Vegas Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County.

It's a good place to live if you really like living without taxes or traffic, the people you meet here are very different and not all the same so keep note of that, and the entertainment, physical features, or weather, but its in the middle of the desert so you will be paying a lot for energy and water so that is some of the cons you want to take notice of before moving here.

Vegas is a great place to visit and live as well! Low cost of living, not super traffic compare to cities like LA, Step out of the strip and it is just like any other city, people living their normal lives, may not be the best among all but a great city to live in if you wanna stay away from the very populated cities.

Everyone has to understand the Vegas isn't just casinos, from Vegas, you can visit red Rock canyon, mount charleston, lake Mead, Hoover dam, Grand canyon just in a few hours drive! Or sometimes less than an hour drive! Vegas is the place to be!

I first visited Vegas when I was 2 years old. I returned when I was much older (at age 23) and I have been obsessed with Vegas ever since. I wanna return AGAIN!

19 Grand Rapids

This city shows signs Michigan is not a wasteland like some people say. No, the title of "Wasteland" would go to a city called Flint. Grand Rapids, however, holds ArtPrize, the world's biggest art competition, as well as being called the "Beer City of the US" for people who would have a little of that. That, as well as the beauty in the cities, and the surrounding Lakeshore cities (Holland and Grand Haven), ma, e Grand Rapids a great place.

Great city, good size, very liveable, a lot to do, lake michigan just a half hour away. Cost of living is fantastic and raising a family here is great. definitely an ideal place to live a quality american life. Has the right/balanced amount of everything. Good people, safe place

I currently live here and it is a great city. Great food, entertainment, and attractions. The cost to live here is also not bad and there are a lot of great people who live here.

Amazing city, nice people. Not too big, not too small. Have awesome sports, resturaunts, and the best people on the radio. Grand Rapids is by far the best city in Michigan and to me, the world.

20 Baltimore

Baltimore doesn't get enough credit. It's a great city, with a very diverse population. We have great food, friendly people (mostly) and many historic locations. Baltimore and Boston saved this country. The stereotypes about Baltimores crime are overused. I'm eleven, and I'm growing up in Baltimore. It's an amazing city.

Friendly people? Sure. How come it has one of the highest violent crime rates in the country then?

How is baltimore this far down! The harbors one of the best in the country and you can't get crabs anywhere better

Baltimore, on par with New Orleans and Las Vegas, is one of the most unique cities.
Maryland is the best state!

Lots of shootings, dumb politicians, also the Ravens suck.

21 Cleveland

Cold but awesome fun you could got to Cleveland sports Indians Browns Cavaliers exciting hi sky buildings better than any city in Ohio

It has an ugly charm to it. Sure our skies are grey and our lakes our polluted, but it shows a character that no other city has.

No! Cleveland SUCKS! Been there and been bullied! The only positive thing is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Some of the Midwest's tallest skyscrapers on the shore of Lake Erie. It doesn't get any better than that.

22 Portland, OR Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers.

Insane food trucks, caters to ALL vegetarians, everyone is super nice and eco friendly, Nike is live.

Top 10 Cities:
1. Portland
2. Houston
3. Chicago
4. New York
5. Seattle
6. Los Angeles
7. Las Vegas
8. Dallas
9. San Fransisco
10. Denver

I was born in portland and I love it it is sooo beautiful with its flowers big beautiful parks lots of food trucks amazing equality rights and the sports are amazing go portland timbers!

Portland is by far one of the best cities, even if it is quaint in comparison to the larger markets. Everyone is welcome there and it's clean, it's damn clean!

One of the cities that have low crime rates. Air quality is good since Portland is big on being green. Good food and it has great microbreweries.

23 Albuquerque

WHY IS ALBUQUERQUE 45! IT SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 20, IT'S A FUN CITY! There is a tramway there, a awesome balloon fiesta there that is held every October, and really nice freeways there.

A beautiful city. The largest city in New Mexico and has one of the funnest places there in the United States.

WHAT?!? 45! Come on people come live here in Albuquerque and in New Mexico! It is an amazing city and I mean it!

The weather is always perfect, there is balloon fiesta, this city should at least be in the top tens

24 Pittsburgh

I'm so happy to see the burgh so high up. Beautiful city, so much to do, nice people, very historic. Oh, and we have the Steelers. I was born here, raised here, and I plan to die here. Great place

One of the lowest crime rates in the country, quiet evrybody knows everybody, tight knit community, a peaceful city, which successfully changed with the times unlike most of the rust belt.

Pittsburgh is my favorite city. It is my home. It has amazing views, sports, food, people, shops, activities, schools, and much more! This city deserves to be in the top ten!

So much to do in the city.
Sports, bars, food, amusement parks, the beautiful river, so many things I can't even start to name. but they got it all.

25 Nashville

Nashville is the best city to live in! It has diversity, good climate, and a wide array of fun things to do! Even if you don't move there, it's definitely worth visiting. I ❤️ Nashville!

At least visit here, you'll love it

Elvis used to hang out there a lot y'know

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