Top 100 Largest Cities in Texas by Population

Largest Cities in Texas by Population

Written by Aaron R. Winston
Last Updated: April 8, 2024 6:41pm CDT

Largest Cities in Texas by Population

Texas is known for its vast and diverse landscape, including some of the largest and most diverse cities in the United States.

In this article, we delve into the 100 largest cities in Texas, presenting a comprehensive data table that not only ranks these cities by population size but also includes a column that briefly describes each city or census-designated place.

Whether you’re a Texan looking to explore your state’s urban centers or simply curious about the Lone Star State’s bustling metropolitan areas, this post aims to provide you with an insightful overview of Texas’ most populous and culturally rich cities.

So, let’s embark on this quick and concise expedition to uncover the unique characteristics and demographics of the 100 largest cities in Texas.

First, we will make a quick pit stop to discuss the total population and land area amounts of Texas and how it stacks up compared to the rest of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the unincorporated U.S. territory of Puerto Rico (Island in Caribbean).

Texas Is the Second Largest State

Texas is the second-largest state in the United States in terms of population and land area (California has the largest population, while Alaska is the state with the largest land area).

Image representative of Texas having a large and diverse population

What is the population of Texas?

Total Population of Texas Is 30.03 Million Residents

Texas’ population has consistently grown at a rate faster than the United States average, leading to it reaching the milestone of having more than 30 million people living there beginning in 2022.

How many square miles is Texas?

The Total Land Area of Texas Is 261,232 Square Miles

What city in Texas is the largest?

Houston Is the Largest City in Texas – 2024

In terms of population size, Houston is Texas’ largest city, with more than 2.302 million people living there. Houston is also the largest city in the Southern United States.

What are the largest cities in Texas?

10 Largest Cities in Texas Ranked by Population

10 Largest Cities in Texas Map: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso, Arlington, Corpus Christi, Plano, Lubbock

  1. Houston – 2,302,878 population
  2. San Antonio – 1,472,909 population
  3. Dallas – 1,299,544 population
  4. Austin – 974,447 population
  5. Fort Worth – 956,709 population
  6. El Paso – 677,456 population
  7. Arlington – 394,602 population
  8. Corpus Christi – 316,239 population
  9. Plano – 289,547 population
  10. Lubbock – 263,930 population

Now for our list of the top 100 most populated places in Texas:

Largest Cities in Texas by Population

List of the 100 largest cities in the state of Texas based on populous (includes U.S. Census Bureau designated places).
Texas' largest cities ranked by population
RankCityPopulationCity Description
1Houston2,302,878Texas' largest city on the Gulf Coast, known for its energy industry, space exploration, and for having one the most diverse populations in the United States
2San Antonio1,472,909Historic city in south-central Texas, known for the Alamo, River Walk, historic missions, and vibrant Mexican-American culture.
3Dallas1,299,544Modern metropolis in north Texas known for business, its 214 area code, the Dallas Mavericks (professional basketball team), and a thriving arts scene.
4Austin974,447Texas' capital in central Texas, known for live music, tech innovation, and outdoor recreation.
5Fort Worth956,709City in north Texas adjacent west of Dallas, known for its Western cowboy heritage, Stockyards, and world-class museums.
6El Paso677,456Coastal city in south Texas known for beaches, the USS Lexington, and the Texas State Aquarium.
7Arlington394,602 Border city in far west Texas with rich history, stunning desert landscapes, and Mexican-American culture.
8Corpus Christi316,239City in north Texas between Dallas and Fort Worth, home to the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, and Six Flags Over Texas.
9Plano289,547Affluent, relatively affordable suburb north of Dallas with numerous corporate headquarters, including Frito-Lay, excellent shopping options, and top-ranked public schools.
10Lubbock263,930 City in west Texas, south of the panhandle, the birthplace of musician Buddy Holly, and the central hub of the region's cotton industry
11Laredo256,187Border city in south Texas with a rich history, vibrant downtown, and a major trade gateway to Mexico.
12Irving254,715City and corporate hub northwest of Dallas, known for the Mustangs of Las Colinas sculpture and its diverse population
13Garland240,854Suburban city in northeast Texas, known for the Firewheel Town Center shopping mecca, Hawaiian Falls Waterpark, and its diverse population.
14Frisco219,587Rapidly growing suburb in north Texas, home to multiple minor league sports teams and The Star (Dallas Cowboys HQ)
15McKinney207,507City in north Texas with a charming historic downtown, farmers' market, and a blend of small-town feel with modern amenities.
16Grand Prairie201,843City in north Texas between Dallas and Fort Worth, known for Lone Star Park (horse racing), Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, and Prairie Lights festival.
17Amarillo201,291Texas Panhandle city known for Route 66 landmarks like Cadillac Ranch, Palo Duro Canyon State Park (hiking & biking), and its connection to cattle ranching.
18Brownsville189,382Southernmost city in Texas on the border with Mexico, home to Boca Chica Beach (SpaceX launch site), Gladys Porter Zoo, and vibrant Mexican-American culture.
19Killeen159,172Central Texas city in Bell County, 55 miles north of Austin and directly adjacent to Fort Cacazos (formerly named Fort Hood)
20Denton150,353North Texas city home to two major universities (UNT and TWU), known for its lively downtown square, music scene, and a mix of college-town energy and historic charm.
21Mesquite147,899Suburb east of Dallas, known for the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, Devil's Bowl Speedway, and historic downtown area.
22Pasadena147,662Industrial city southeast of Houston, known for the Strawberry Festival, Armand Bayou Nature Center, and Battleship Texas (historic ship).
23McAllen144,579The largest city in Hidalgo County, located on the southern tip and borders Mexico
24Waco143,984Central Texas city home to Baylor University, known for the Dr Pepper Museum, Magnolia Market (run by Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper), and the Cameron Park Zoo
25Midland134,444West Texas city in the heart of the Permian Basin oil and gas field industry, home to the Museum of the Southwest and a symbol of Texas energy production
26Carrollton133,820Suburb, west of Far North Dallas and Addison, has a significant Asian community and is home to Josey Ranch Lake Park
27Lewisville131,215Suburb north of Dallas located in Denton and Dallas counties along the I-35 Corridor, known for Lewisville Lake (boating, fishing), Railroad Park, and the Music City Mall
28Abilene127,385City located 150 miles west of Fort Worth, home to Dyess Air Force Base and the Texas State Technical College.
29Pearland126,949Suburb south of Houston in Brazoria County, home to Shadow Creek Ranch (master-planned community) and the Sri Meenakshi Temple (Hindu)
30Round Rock126,697Suburb north of Austin, known for being Dell Technologies' headquarters, home to the Round Rock Express (Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers baseball team).
31College Station124,319City located in central Texas, home to Texas A&M University, known for being a college town and location of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
32Richardson118,802Suburb directly northeast of Dallas within the Telecom Corridor, known for its tech industries, the University of Texas at Dallas, and diverse population.
33The Woodlands118,402Master-planned community north of Houston, known for its upscale residential areas, focus on nature (trails, waterways), and shopping at Market Street
34League City115,418Suburb southeast of Houston near NASA's Johnson Space Center, known for boating on Clear Lake, its historic district, and the Butler Longhorn Museum (Texas history).
35Odessa112,906West Texas city in the Permian Basin, known for its connection to the oil and gas industry, a replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and the Presidential Archives and Leadership Library
36Beaumont112,089Southeast Texas city near the Gulf Coast, known for its Spindletop oil boom history and the McFaddin-Ward House (historic mansion).
37Allen111,551Affluent suburb north of Dallas in Collin County, known for the Credit Union of Texas Event Center (multi-purpose indoor arena).
38Sugar Land109,414Southwest suburb of Houston, known for its industrial history (sugar refinery), master-planned communities, and Smart Financial Centre (concerts).
39Tyler109,286East Texas city called the "Rose Capital of America," featuring the Tyler Rose Garden, Caldwell Zoo, and outdoor recreation at Tyler State Park
40New Braunfels104,707Hill Country town with German heritage, known for the Gruene Historical District, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and tubing on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers
41Edinburg104,294City north of McAllen and the county seat of Hildalgo County, home to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has a strong Mexican-American influence.
42Wichita Falls102,664City northwest of Fort Worth and south of the Texas-Oklahoma border near Sheppard Air Force Base, known for The Kemp Center for the Arts, River Bend Nature Center
43Conroe101,405 City north of Houston, known for its proximity to Lake Conroe (boating, fishing), historic downtown, the Crighton Theatre (performing arts), and access to the Sam Houston National Forest
44San Angelo99,112West Texas city known for Fort Concho (frontier fort), the International Waterlily Collection, and a focus on ranching
45Temple89,458Central Texas city with a strong medical community, known for its Czech heritage, the Railroad and Heritage Museum, and proximity to several lakes
46Atascocita89,121Master-planned community northeast of Houston on Lake Houston, known for parks, trails, splash pads, and a focus on outdoor amenities
47Bryan87,792City near College Station and Texas A&M University, known for its historic downtown, the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, and Lake Bryan (recreation)
48Mission86,635South Texas city in the Rio Grande Valley with a strong Hispanic culture, home to the National Butterfly Center, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, and historic La Lomita Chapel.
49Georgetown86,507City north of Austin known for its historic square, Southwestern University (oldest in Texas), Inner Space Cavern, and Blue Hole Park (swimming on the San Gabriel River)
50Baytown84,324City east of Houston heavily influenced by the oil refinery industry, known for its proximity to the Baytown Nature Center, Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center, and Pirates Bay Waterpark
51Longview82,531East Texas city known for the Great Texas Balloon Race, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, LeTourneau University, and the Paul G. Boorman Trail for outdoor recreation
52Pharr80,179South Texas city in the Rio Grande Valley, known for its agricultural focus, proximity to Mexico, and the vibrant Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
53Flower Mound78,486Affluent suburb north of Dallas and Fort Worth, known for upscale residential areas, The Mound (historical Native American burial ground), and Bridlewood Equestrian Center
54Cedar Park77,642Suburb north of Austin, known for its growing sports focus (H-E-B Center), the Texas Museum of Science & Technology, and nearby lakes
55Mansfield76,724Suburb south of Fort Worth and Arlington, known for Big League Dreams sports complex, Hawaiian Falls Waterpark, and the Farr Best Theater (performing arts)
56Missouri City76,500Diverse suburb southwest of Houston, known for proximity to Sugar Land, Freedom Tree Park, and Oyster Creek Park.
57Leander74,375Rapidly growing suburb northwest of Austin in the Texas Hill Country
58Harlingen71,678City in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, known as a regional hub, home to the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and its proximity to South Padre Island
59North Richland Hills70,663Mid-cities suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth in northeast Texas, known for the NRH20 Waterpark, Iron Horse Golf Course, and diverse community.
60San Marcos70,301Central Texas city between Austin and San Antonio, home to Texas State University, known for the San Marcos River (tubing, kayaking) and the Meadows Center (glass-bottom boat tours)
61Pflugerville65,556Rapidly growing suburb northeast of Austin, known for Lake Pflugerville (recreation), Typhoon Texas Waterpark, and its focus on technology and business development.
62Victoria65,372 Historic city in southeast Texas, known for its crossroads location, the Texas Zoo, the Nave Museum (art), and Coleto Creek Park & Reservoir (fishing, camping)
63Rowlett65,113Suburb northeast of Dallas on Lake Ray Hubbard, known for its boating and fishing opportunities and Wet Zone Waterpark
64Spring63,930Large suburb north of Houston, known for Old Town Spring (shopping, dining), Splashtown Waterpark, and proximity to The Woodlands.
65Wylie60,943Suburb northeast of Dallas, known for its growing residential areas, historic downtown, offering access to Lake Lavon
66Euless60,169Mid-cities suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth in northeast Texas, known for its parks and trails system, Texas Star Golf Course, and McCormick Park. The 'E' in HEB (Hurst-Euless-Bedford)
67Kyle57,470City between Austin and San Marcos in Central Texas, known as a growing suburb, Evo Entertainment (movies, bowling), Lake Kyle, and Steeplechase Park.
68DeSoto55,968Suburb south of Dallas, known for its parks and recreation focus, home to historical sites like Nance Farm.
69Texas City55,667Industrial and port city southeast of Houston on Galveston Bay, home to the Texas City Dike (longest man-made pier) and a 13-mile drive to Galveston.
70Port Arthur55,579Gulf Coast city in southeast Texas, featuring the Museum of the Gulf Coast, Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site, and Sea Rim State Park (beach, marshes).
71Little Elm55,357Lakefront town north of Dallas on Lewisville Lake, known for Cottonwood Park, Hydrous Wake Park, and its growing residential communities
72Burleson53,381Suburb south of Fort Worth, known for Hidden Creek Sports Complex, Lost Oak Winery, and Chisenhall Fields Sports Park. Hometown of Ethan Couch ("Affluenza Teen")
73Galveston53,089Historic port city on Galveston Island in southeast Texas, known for beaches, Moody Gardens (aquarium, rainforest), The Strand (shopping, dining), and its significant cruise ship industry out of the Port of Galveston.
74Rockwall51,461Lakeside community east of Dallas on Lake Ray Hubbard, known for Harry Myers Park, The Harbor Rockwall (shops, restaurants), and boating activities.
75Grapevine51,226City near DFW Airport in northeast Texas, known for Grapevine Lake (recreation), historic downtown, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, and a Great Wolf Lodge location (indoor family waterpark).
76Bedford48,724Mid-cities suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth in northeast Texas, known for Boys Ranch Activity Center, Generations Park at Boys Ranch, and its central location. The 'B' HEB (Hurst-Euless-Bedford)
77Cedar Hill48,341Suburb southwest of Dallas, known for Cedar Hill State Park, Hillside Village shopping center, and its diverse community
78Huntsville47,351City in East Texas and the county seat of Walker County, home to Sam Houston State University and the home quarters of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
79Haltom City45,525Suburb northeast of Fort Worth, known for Buffalo Ridge Park, North East Mall, and a diverse population
80Waxahachie45,476Historic city south of Dallas, known for its Ellis County Museum, Getzendaner Memorial Park, and the Scarborough Renaissance Festival.
81The Colony45,367Lakeside suburb north of Dallas on Lewisville Lake, known for Stewart Creek Park, Hawaiian Falls Waterpark, and a family-friendly atmosphere
82Sherman45,264City in north Texas with historical ties to the Red River trade, home to Austin College, the Sherman Museum, and multiple nearby lakes
83Keller45,252A moderately affluent suburb and bedroom community north of Fort Worth in Tarrant County, home to The Keller Pointe (family recreation center).
84Channelview43,204Industrial area east of Houston, known for its proximity to the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, River Terrace Park, and its petrochemical influence.
85Schertz43,010Suburb northeast of San Antonio divided among Guadalupe, Bexar, and Comal counties and is next to the Randolph Air Force Base
86Weslaco42,231City in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, home to the South Texas Onion Festival.
87Coppell41,926Suburb northwest of Dallas near DFW Airport, its economy relies heavily on shipping and distribution facilities for employment.
88Friendswood40,833City southeast of Houston split between Galveston and Harris counties, and NASA astronaut Michael Foreman was elected mayor in 2018
89Rosenberg40,739City in Fort Bend County southwest of Houston, known for its historic downtown, Fort Bend Museum, and Brazos River Park.
90Lancaster40,449Diverse suburb south of Dallas, known for its Historic Town Square.
91Hurst39,634Mid-cities suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth in northeast Texas, known for Chisholm Aquatic Park, Tarrant County College, and the North East Mall. The 'H' in HEB (Hurst-Euless-Bedford)
92Duncanville39,413Suburb southwest of Dallas in Dallas County, known for its racial diversity
93Midlothian38,635City south of Dallas and Fort Worth in Ellis County, known for its cement industry influence
94Copperas Cove37,964 City in central Texas split among Coryell, Lampasas, and Bell counties with strong ties to nearby Fort Cavazos (formerly named Fort Hood).
95Mission Bend37,853Large, unincorporated master-planned community west of Houston in Fort Bend and Harris counties, began developing in the early 1980s
96Socorro37,772Border town near El Paso in far west Texas, known for its historic mission and strong Hispanic culture.
97Prosper37,746Fast-growing town in Collin and Denton counties and a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, known for upscale development, Gentle Creek Golf Club, and family-friendly atmosphere
98Hutto36,655City northeast of Austin, known for its hippotherapy center, Fritz Park, and rapid growth
99La Porte36,569Industrial city southeast of Houston on Galveston Bay, known for Sylvan Beach Park, the Battleship Texas, and petrochemical influence.
100Farmers Branch36,286City within the inner ring of suburbs in the Dallas metroplex, known as a "City in a Park," as it has 28 parks while only covering 11.88 square miles of land

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We are a pre-settlement funding company based in Plano, Texas, and we have experience serving clients and the many types of lawyers they have hired to represent them in cities big and small across the Lone Star State.

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