Some of the largest cities in North America are known to attract millions of people from around the world. They also offer some of the best attractions for tourists. But these large cities have an impressive past as they all gained popularity in just a few hundred years. Here are the 10 largest cities in North America.
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1. Mexico City, Mexico
Population: 8.9 million
Mexico City is the most populous city in North America. Its official population is nearly 9 million residents. But in reality, it can be much higher. The city attracts people from all over the country. Unlike the US, it doesn’t have a large rival city to attract talent.
This is why most Mexicans looking to build a career move to Mexico City. Public policies reflect this migration over the past few years. The city slowly transitioned from manufacturing economics to a service-based economy, particularly in transport and banking. Its manufacturing industry slowly migrated North towards the US border.
But the city is also the riches historically in Mexico. It hosts some of the most important museums in the country and it brings together some of the best foods from Latin America. Its development has been very fast. In 1950, Mexico City had a population of just 3 million. In just a few decades, its population growth seems to outpace that of New York. With a higher standard of living and the highest wages in the country, it also manages to keep more residents than other Mexican cities which tend to have top talent leave the country. Many Argentinians and Colombians also come to Mexico City for a higher standard of living.
2. New York, US
Population: 8.5 million
New York is the second-largest city in North America. It is the cultural capital of the US and the most important financial center in the world through the New York Stock Exchange. Its strong impact in the financial world makes it an ever-growing city or the city that never sleeps.
New York is also a place of diversity as it was the main stop of the first settlers arriving in North America. It is also the city with some of the most popular tourist attractions around the world. It hosts the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Bridge. Its skyline has more than 500 buildings with a height of at least 300 feet.
3. Los Angeles, US
Population: 3.9 million
The biggest city on the US West Coast, Los Angeles is one of the main economic centers of North America and the media capital of North America. It is the home to the famous Hollywood industry and it is also the main destination for US residents who want to enjoy time in the sun together with Miami.
Los Angeles Airport or LAX is the city with the largest airport on this list. It sees almost 100 million passengers per year, at least this was the case before the pandemic.
4. Toronto, Canada
Population: 2.8 million
Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the 4th largest in North America. It’s known to be the most international city in Canada. The city also has the main airport in Canada making it an important transport hub. The city’s economic development is seen in the number of high rises it’s known for. Toronto has nearly 2.000 buildings with a height of nearly 100 feet or over.
5. Chicago, US
Population: 2.7 million
As one of the largest cities in North America, Chicago also plays an important role in the US. It’s one of the major air transport hubs in the country and one of the few of this size far from the East Coast or from the West Coast. Tourism plays an important role in the city’s economic results. But it is also the home of international food giants such as McDonald’s and Heinz.
6. Houston, US
Population: 2.2 million
Houston is an important city in Texas and North America. Its rich oil and gas resources made it one of the most prominent urban development in the US. Today, the city offers one of the best standards of living and excellent employment prospects. It also hosts one of the largest universities in North America. The University of Houston enrolls over 44.000 students.
7. Havana, Cuba
Population: 2.1 million
Havana is the capital city of Cuba. It’s still struggling with its embargo established by the United States and access to and from the country is very difficult. The lack of international cooperation also made this city an interesting stop for tourists who want to see more of the old style of living. However, the city is known for its excellent public health care. All health care is free in Cuba.
8. Montreal, Canada
Population: 1.7 million
Montreal is often seen as the cultural capital in Canada. It’s one of the largest cities in the US and it has many to offer in terms of standard of living. The city is home to some of the largest transport companies in the world. Bombardier and Canada’s National Railway have headquarters here. Oil refinement companies here are very large as well.
9. Ecatepec, Mexico
Population: 1.6 million
With a population of more than 1 million and a half residents, Ecapetec is a city bordering Mexico’s capital. The first signs of human civilization were dated here long before the European colonists came over. Today, the city has a growing role in Mexico’s cultural climate but it struggles in terms of employment opportunities and revenue per capita.
10. Philadelphia, US
Population: 1.5 million
Philadelphia used to be the capital city of the US. It was a major political hub and a place of innovation. In times when the US wasn’t even a federal country, the city started to take initiative through its notable residents.
The city used to be the largest in the United States. However, it was soon outgrown by others. Still, people now see it as the home of Benjamin Franklin, important landowners, and the birthplace of some of the oldest businesses in the country.