Global population is expected to increase by 2210 to 11.3 billion and 87 percent of that population will be living in urban areas. If this prediction comes true, urban dwellers will need the already ten most densely populated cities to expand to hold triple the residents they do now.

When people think of the ten most densely populated cities in the United States, most would say they are in the Northeast as the downtowns are much larger and the inner cities have a higher density. Geographically cities have become larger as they include the automobile adapted suburbs making more of the density occurring in the West.
Here’s a look at the current ten most densely populated cites in America:

New York City, NY and Los Angeles

New York City is one of the most populated cities in the United States and a gateway for legal immigration to the U.S. and a global power city. It sits on one of the world’s largest natural harbours and consists of five boroughs. The boroughs each contain their own distinct neighbourhoods. There are also many different types of housing developments existing in each borough. Prestige International New York Agency has listings that show the many properties available in this area. There are more than 18 million people living in the urban area of New York.

Los Angeles covers half the land area of New York and holds a population of 12.2 million people, making its density 6,999 people per square mile. While the core of the city is less dense than New York, when you look at its suburbs it becomes twice as dense.

San Francisco

San Francisco is considered the commercial, financial and cultural center of Northern California. Its land area is about 46.9 square miles and density of population is 18,187 people per square mile. It comes in as the second most densely populated city in the United States when considering New York and Los Angeles holding number one.

San Jose

San Jose holds an urban density of 5,820 people per square mile. This city is the largest city within the Bay Area and the largest in Northern California.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas known well for its gambling entertainment hosts many tourists all year for this industry. Its population of residents living there is at 4,525 people per square mile.


Miami, better known as Miami Beach, is a coastal resort city. It is located on various natural and man-made barrier islands. The density of this city is 4,238 people per square mile with both core and suburb densities being high.

San Diego

San Diego is located in the southwestern corner of California. It is one of the largest metropolitan areas shared between the United States and Mexico. The density of this city is at 680 people per square mile.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is one of only two major urban areas located in the Great Basin in Nevada. It is referred to as the largest city in the Intermountain West. The density of this city is at 1,689 people per square mile.


Sacramento is the capital city of California and is the cultural and economic core of the area. The density for this city is at 4,700 per square mile.

New Orleans

New Orleans is a major port in the United States and the largest city in the state of Louisiana. The density of this city is 2,274 per square mile.
That is a look at some of the ten most densely populated cities.