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Largest Cities in Texas – By population and size

Largest Cities in Texas – By population and size

Want to know which is the biggest city in Texas? Here’s an updated list of the largest cities in Texas by size and population in 2019.

Texas is one of the largest states in the U.S and has a total of 962 cities and a population of 28,701,845 people. 


Houston is the most populated city in Texas, and one of the largest cities in the United States with a total population of 2,325,502 residents. It’s also the most diverse city in Texas with a wide range of ethnic and religious groups.

Furthermore, Houston is famous for being home to the Space Center, which is the official visitor center of NASA: Additionally, the city also has a vibrant cultural scene. 

Most populated cities in Texas

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San Antonio

San Antonio is the second-largest city in Texas with a total of 1,532,233 residents. For the last couple of decades, it has consistently been one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

San Antonio is especially known for The Alamo and the local NBA team San Antonio Spurs.

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Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas with a total population of 1,345,047 people according to the latest census. The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex also forms the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States.

There are 9 Fortune 500 companies in Dallas, and the city has a diverse economy within several sectors. Furthermore, the city of Dallas is home to one of the largest LGBT communities in the United States.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is also the largest hub for American Airlines as well as one of the busiest airports in the world

Dallas in Texas

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Austin is the state capital of Texas and has a total population of 964,254 residents. The city is renowned for its cultural scene as well as a high standard of living. Austin is also a major center for high tech with several tech companies operating in the city. 

Capital of Texas

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Fort Worth

Fort Worth is the country seat of Tarrant County and has a population of 895,008 people. The city of Fort Worth was incorporated in 1874 and has long been the epicenter of Cowboy culture and longhorn cattle trade.

It also has a large number of universities and colleges, and together with the metro area Dallas-Fort Worth, there are over 41 colleges and universities that attract students from all over the country.

Major cities in Texas

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El Paso

El Paso is situated on Rio Grande by the border between Mexico and the United States. It has a population of 682,669 residents. El Paso is one of the safest large cities in the U.S and has a strong military and federal presence.

El Paso

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Arlington is one of the major cities in Texas and has a total population of 398,112 residents. It’s also included in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area. 


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Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is a coastal city in Texas that has one of the largest ports in the United States. The literal meaning of Corpus Christi is “the body of Christ” in Latin. The city is home to 326,554 people, making it the eighth-most populated city in Texas. 

Corpus Christi

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Plano is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and the city has a population of 288,061 residents. Many corporations have their headquarters in Plano, and some 80% of all visitors are business travelers. 

Capital One Finance is the leading employer together with DXC technology and Bank of America Home Loans.


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Laredo is the county seat of Webb County and has a total population of 261,639 people. The local economy is heavily based on trade with Mexico and about 95.6% of the population is Hispanic and Latino.


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List of the most populated cities in Texas

Here’s a list of the 50 most populated urban areas in Texas. Only three Texan cities have a population of more than 1 million, although Austin is getting closer to the one million mark as well.  

Rank City Population
1 Houston 2,325,502
2 San Antonio 1,532,233
3 Dallas 1,345,047
4 Austin 964,254
5 Fort Worth 895,008
6 El Paso 682,669
7 Arlington 398,112
8 Corpus Christi 326,554
9 Plano 288,061
10 Laredo 261,639
11 Lubbock 255,885
12 Garland 242,507
13 Irving 242,242
14 Amarillo 199,924
15 Grand Prairie 194,614
16 McKinney 191,645
17 Frisco 188,170
18 Brownsville 183,392
19 Pasadena 153,219
20 Killeen 149,103
21 McAllen 143,433
22 Mesquite 142,816
23 Midland 142,344
24 Denton 138,541
25 Waco 138,183
26 Carrollton 135,710
27 Round Rock 128,739
28 Abilene 122,999
29 Pearland 122,149
30 Richardson 120,981
31 Odessa 120,568
32 Sugar Land 118,600
33 Beaumont 118,428
34 The Woodlands 116,278
35 College Station 116,218
36 Lewisville 106,586
37 League City 106,244
38 Tyler 105,729
39 Wichita Falls 104,576
40 Allen 103,383
41 San Angelo 100,215
42 Edinburg 98,665
43 Conroe 87,654
44 Bryan 85,445
45 Mission 84,827
46 New Braunfels 84,612
47 Longview 81,647
48 Pharr 79,707
49 Flower Mound 77,329
50 Baytown 77,024

List of the biggest cities in Texas by area

Houston is the biggest city in Texas with a total area of 599.59 square miles (1,552.93 km2).

Rank Land Area City
1. 599.59 sq mi Houston
2. 460.93 sq mi San Antonio
3. 340.52 sq mi Dallas
4. 339.82 sq mi Fort Worth
5. 297.90 sq mi Austin
6. 255.24 sq mi El Paso
7. 160.61 sq mi Corpus Christi
8. 143.33 sq mi Canyon Lake
9. 132.33 sq mi Brownsville
10. 122.41 sq mi Lubbock

Which is the fastest growing city in Texas?

Midland is the fastest growing city in Texas in terms of percentage followed by Odessa.

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