Transportation and Urban Geography

Cities and Suburbs

What are the largest metropolitan areas in the United States?

The New York metropolitan area is America’s largest, with 20 million people. Los Angeles is second with 15 million; Chicago is third with 8.5 million; Washington, D.C., is fourth with 7 million; and San Francisco is fifth with 6.5 million.

Large urban areas such as Tokyo, Japan, have made some efforts to add green space to make city living more comfortable for residents (photo by Paul A. Tucci).

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