10 Largest Cities In Texas

Texas has a resident population of 29,145,505 according to the 2020 U.S. Census, making it the second-most populous state in the United States after California (with a population of 39,538,223) and behind Florida (with a population of 21,538,187). DallasHouston, and San Antonio, three cities in Texas with populations of one million or more each, are among the ten most populated cities in the U.S. Along with being three of the top 25 largest U.S. cities, El Paso, Fort Worth, and the state capital, Austin, has a total population of over 500,000. Texas has had a rapid population increase since the turn of the twenty-first century. Along with numerous villages and rural areas, Texas features a large number of big cities and metropolitan centers. Below is a list of Texas' ten biggest cities by population. 

1. Houston - 2,304,580 

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Skyline of Houston, Texas.

Houston is a large metropolis in Southeast Texas close to the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay. It serves as Harris County's seat. It is Texas' largest city and America's fourth largest city, as of 2020, with a population of 2,304,580. Houston's population has grown by 1.78% since the most recent census, and the city is currently expanding at a rate of 0.88% each year. Houston has a population density of 3,664 people per square mile, covering an area of about 672 square miles. More Fortune 500 business headquarters are located in Houston than any other city in the United States, except for New York, making it the nation's top job provider. Here, a dollar travels further than anywhere else in the nation.

In Houston, there is a medical center bigger than Dallas' downtown. The profitable oil and gas business in America has one of its hubs in Houston as well. International trade on a large scale helps the city's rapid job growth. Recently, Houston surpassed New York as the nation's most racially and ethnically diverse metropolis. Moreover, the NASA Astronaut Corps resides in this large city, which also has more parks than any other metropolitan region in the top ten.

2. San Antonio - 1,434,625

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San Antonio, Texas.

The city of San Antonio is situated in south-central Texas' Bexar and Comal counties. It serves as the seat of Bexar County as well. It is the second-largest city in Texas and the seventh-largest city in the United States as of 2020, with a population of 1,434,625 people. San Antonio's population has grown by 1.49% since the most recent census, and it is currently expanding at a rate of 0.74% each year. San Antonio has a total area of about 491 square miles and a population density of 3,002 people per sq. mile. San Antonio, well-known for its magnificent Spanish colonial missions and the battle surrounding one of them, is hugely popular with history aficionados. The city also has a diverse food scene with everything from Tex-Mex to BBQ to farm-to-market food. 

3. Dallas - 1,304,379

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The gorgeous skyline of Dallas, Texas.

Dallas is the seat of Dallas County in north Texas. It is the 9th largest city in the United States and the third largest city in Texas, with a population of 1,304,379 as of 2020. Dallas' population has grown by 1.63% since the last census, and it is currently expanding at a rate of 0.81% each year. Dallas has a total area of about 384 square miles and a population density of 3,902 inhabitants per square mile. The city is well-known for its artistic offerings, which include opera, ballet, musicals, and symphony performances. A famous building is the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed "Kalita Humphreys Theater," which opened in 1959 and is a part of the Dallas Theater Center.

4. Austin - 961,855 

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A view of Austin, Texas.

Austin is a city in the Texas counties of Travis and Williamson. Austin serves as both the capital of Texas and the county seat of Travis County. It is the 11th largest city in the United States and the fourth largest city in Texas, with a population of 961,855 in 2020. Austin's population has grown by 3.57% since the last census, and it is currently expanding at a rate of 1.75% each year. Austin has a total area of about 327 square miles and a population density of 3,114 inhabitants per square mile. Austin, which is home to the main campus of the University of Texas, is renowned for its diverse live music scene centered around countryblues, and rock. Hiking, biking, swimming, and boating are all quite popular in its numerous parks and lakes. The United States Grand Prix takes place at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack in the city's south.

5. Fort Worth - 918,915 

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Fort Worth in Texas.

North-central Texas's Tarrant County is home to the city of Fort Worth. It serves as the seat of Tarrant County as well. It is the 13th largest city in the United States and the fifth largest city in Texas, with a population of 918,915. Fort Worth's population has grown by 3.87% since the most recent census, and it is currently rising at a rate of 1.90% each year. Fort Worth, which covers more than 354 square miles, has a population density of 2,762 people per sq. mile. Fort Worth is the epitome of the greatness of the American West. The city, also known as Cowtown, is well-known for its extensive history, including the cattle trade, cowboys, and frontier culture. The Kimbell Art Museum and other international art institutions make it a modern metropolis today. Rodeos are held at the Fort Worth Stockyards, and pioneers are honored at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

6. El Paso - 678,815 

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Aerial view of El Paso, Texas.

El Paso is the seat of El Paso County in western Texas. It is the 24th largest city in the United States and the sixth largest city in Texas as of 2020, with a population of 684,753. El Paso's population has grown by 0.87% from the most recent census, which showed a population of 678,815 in 2020, and is now rising at a pace of 0.44% annually. El Paso, which covers more than 258 square miles, has a population density of 2,660 inhabitants per square mile. El Paso is the largest American city on the Mexican border and is situated on the left bank of the Rio Grande, which here defines the state of Texas' western border with Mexico. The city is full of cultural attractions, and its distinctive desert landscapes are home to a variety of flora and fauna. It is the center of Mexican cuisine in the U.S. El Paso is a warm and dynamic city that offers a wonderful environment, amazing amenities, and a low cost of living.

7. Arlington - 394,266 

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Aerial view of Arlington, Texas. Editorial credit: Felix Mizioznikov / Shutterstock.com

Just west of Dallas, in Tarrant County, is the city of Arlington. It is the 49th largest city in the United States and the 7th largest city in Texas, with a population of 394,266 as of 2020. Arlington's population has grown by 1.46% since the most recent census, and it is currently expanding at a rate of 0.73% each year. Arlington has a total area of nearly 99 square miles with a population density of 4,177 people per sq. mile. The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), which includes a contemporary planetarium on its campus, is located in Arlington.

Trails wind through a hardwood forest with a variety of fauna in River Legacy Parks. The River Legacy Living Science Center, which features tanks, terrariums, and interactive displays, is another feature of the park. Arlington is well known for having one of the best professional sports scenes in the nation. One can plan to watch a professional game all year round in Arlington, where the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys both hang their respective caps and helmets. 

8. Corpus Christi - 317,863

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Aerial view of Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi is located on the Gulf of Mexico and is the seat of Nueces County in southern Texas. It is America's 62nd-largest city and Texas' eighth-largest city in Texas as of 2020, with a population of 317,863. The population of Corpus Christi has grown by 0.80% since the most recent census, and the city is currently expanding at a rate of 0.40 percent yearly. With a total area of around 489 square miles, Corpus Christi has 2,006 people per square mile. Padre and Mustang islands protect the beaches of Corpus Christi, which is tucked into a harbor. Migratory birds and the critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles call Padre Island National Seashore home. Touch pools, an aquatic nursery, and a shark exhibit are all available at the Texas State Aquarium on the harbor front. Moreover, a naval aviation museum in Corpus Christi is formed by the USS Lexington, a WWII aircraft carrier. 

9. Plano - 285,494

Plano, Texas
Railroad crossing sign with modern buildings in downtown Plano, Texas. Editorial credit: RaksyBH / Shutterstock.com

North Texas's Collin County is home to the city of Plano. It is the 76th largest city in the United States and ranks ninth in Texas, with a 2020 population of 285,494. Plano's population has grown by 1.80% since the last census. It is now rising at a rate of 0.89% each year. Plano's population density per square mile is 4,054, covering nearly 72 square miles. Plano has a charming downtown area with top-notch restaurants and independent stores selling clothes, antiques, and handmade goods. Historic homes, museums, and more than 70 parks with opportunities for swimming, biking, and hiking are just some things that draw both locals and tourists to this city. 

10. Irving - 256,684 

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Cityscape of Irving, Texas. Editorial credit: Tallmaple / Shutterstock.com

Northwestern Texas's Dallas County is home to the city of Irving, which is a suburb of Dallas city. It is the 86th largest city in the United States and the 10th largest city in Texas, with a population of 256,684 in 2020. Irving's population has grown by 3.15% since the last census, and it is currently expanding at a rate of 1.55% each year. Irving, which covers more than 68 square miles, has a population density of 3,948 per square mile. Irving is a growingly popular place for singles and families looking to move to and within the DFW metroplex because of its diversity, job opportunities, outdoor areas, and proximity to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. 

Texas is a bold, huge, and distinctive state. It is a unique destination to live and work in thanks to its friendly residents, vibrant art scenes, unique cowboy culture, and rich diversity.

30 Biggest Cities In Texas

Rank City Population (2020)

1

Houston

2,304,580

2

San Antonio

1,434,625

3

Dallas

1,304,379

4

Austin

961,855

5

Fort Worth

918,915

6

El Paso

678,815

7

Arlington

394,266

8

Corpus Christi

317,863

9

Plano

285,494

10

Lubbock

257,141

11

Irving

256,684

12

Laredo

255,205

13

Garland

246,018

14

Frisco

200,509

15

Amarillo

200,393

16

Grand Prairie

196,100

17

McKinney

195,308

18

Brownsville

186,738

19

Killeen

153,095

20

Pasadena

151,950

21

Mesquite

150,108

23

McAllen

142,210

23

Denton

139,869

24

Waco

138,486

25

Carrollton

133,434

26

Midland

132,524

27

Pearland

125,828

28

Abilene

125,182

29

College Station

120,511

30

Richardson

119,469

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