Largest City in the United States by Area
Largest City in the United States by Area
Largest City in the United States by Area

Sitka is the largest city by area in the United States with a total land area of 4,811.4 square miles (12,461 square kilometres). In this article let’s read about the top 10 largest cities in the United States by area.

Cities are formed due to a specific kind of industry activity (like the construction of a factory or the discovery of a new gold mine) or of political reasons like defense over a specific territory or the necessity to build a new trading post. However, cities are not usually “founded”, there are conditions that can eventually lead to the emergence of a human settlement, which can evolve to a village which can, perhaps, become a city over a period of time.

The conditions like the presence of natural resources, a river, and soil that allows crops to grow, yet most important, are the historical conditions. Cities are a direct consequence of societies and all of its institutions. Characteristics like religion, production system, nature pressure, all of that matters when cities are being formed.

Here is the top 5 largest cities in the US

  1. Sitka, Alaska
  2. Wrangell, Alaska
  3. Juneau, Alaska
  4. Anchorage, Alaska
  5. Jacksonville, Florida

Sitka, Alaska 

  • State: Alaska
  • Total Area: 4,811.4 sq mi
  • Land Area: 2,870.3
  • Water Area: 1,941.0
  • Population: 8,881

Sitka is the largest city in the US with a total land area of 4,811.4 square miles. The name Sitka means “People on the Outside of Baranof Island” and it is the first and oldest city in Alaska.

As per the census of 2010, there were 8,881 people and 2,211 families residing in the borough with a population density of 3.1 people per square mile (1.2/km2). It is also the fourth largest city in Alaska by population.

The city has a moderate climate with the mean annual temperature of 45.3 °F (7.4 °C). The climate is relatively mild compared to the other cities, the temperature at the city ranges from 36.4 °F (2.4 °C) in January to 57.2 °F (14.0 °C) in August. On an average, it rains three out of every five days in Sitka.

Wrangell, Alaska

  • State: Alaska
  • Total Area: 3,462.1
  • Land Area: 2,541.5
  • Water Area: 920.6
  • Population: 2,369

Wrangell is the second largest city in the US by area, with a total area of 3,462 square miles (8,970 square kilometer).

Wrangell has a humid continental climate with mild and rainy summers. Winters are reasonably cold though not very cold when compared with Alaskan standards.

As per the 2010 census the population of Wrangell is 2,369. Anan Creek Bear Observatory, Wrangell Museum, Mt Dewey Trail, Shakes Island, Petroglyph Beach State Historic Site, Stikine River, Alaska Vistas and Wrangell Museum are some of the attractions at Wrangell.

Juneau, Alaska

  • State: Alaska
  • Total Area: 3,253.9
  • Land Area: 2,701.9
  • Water Area: 552.0
  • Population: 31,275

Juneau is the third largest city in the United States with a total area of 3,254.70 sq mi (8,429.64 square kilometer). Juneau is the capital of Alaska.

The average low temperature in winter is 23 °F (−5 °C) in January and highs are above freezing. Spring, summer, and fall are cool to warm with a high of 65 °F (18.3 °C) in July. Snowfall averages 86.7 in and takes place mostly from November to March.

As per the 2010 census, Juneau’s population is 31,275 with a population density of 11.3 per square mile (4.4/km2). It is the least densely populated state capital.

Juneau is the only U.S. state capital to border another country as it shares its eastern border with the Canadian province of British Columbia. Tourism is one of the main contributors to Juneau’s economy.

Anchorage, Alaska

  • State: Alaska
  • Total Area: 1,961.0
  • Land Area: 1,704.7
  • Water Area: 256.3
  • Population: 291,826

Anchorage is the fourth largest city in the US with a total area of the city being 1,961.1 square miles (5,079.2 kilometer square). It is the most populated city in Alaska with an estimated population of 288,000 in 2019 which is 40% of the state’s population.

Anchorage has a subarctic climate (subpolar climate) with long cold winters, and short, cool to mild summers. On an average summer temperatures range from approximately 55 to 78 °F (13 to 26 °C) whereas during winter temperatures are about 5 to 30 °F (−15.0 to −1.1 °C).

95% of all goods intended to Alaska is received at The Port of Anchorage. Matanuska Glacier Walk, Anchorage Trolley Tour, Matanuska Glacier Hike Day Tour, Alaska Native Historic Cultural City Tour of Anchorage, and Sunset City Tour are the few tourist attractions at Anchorage.

Jacksonville, Florida

  • State: Florida
  • Total Area: 874.6
  • Land Area: 747.0
  • Water Area: 127.6
  • Population: 821,784

Jacksonville is the fifth largest city in the US with a total area of 874.67 sq mi (2,265.39 square kilometer). Jacksonville is the most populated city in Florida and 12th most populated city in the US with a total estimated population of 911,507 in 2019.

Jacksonville has a humid subtropical climate which generally means hot and humid summers, and cold winters. Seasonal rainfall occurs from May to September. On an average the temperature ranges from 53.1 °F (11.7 °C) in January to 82.3 °F (27.9 °C) in July.

It has a sizable deepwater port in the U.S. for automobile imports making it the leading transportation and distribution hub in the state. Catty Shack Ranch, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Little Talbot Island, Big Talbot Island, and The Florida Theatre are the some of the tourist attractions of Jacksonville, Florida.

Top 10 Largest Cities in the United States by Area

Here is the list top 10 largest cities in the US by area.

Sl NoCityStateTotal areaLand areaWater areaPopulation (2010)
1SitkaAlaska4,811.40 sq mi ( 12,461 sq km )2,870.30 sq mi ( 7,434 sq km )1,941.00 sq mi ( 5,027 sq km )8881
2WrangellAlaska3,462.10 sq mi ( 8,967 sq km )2,541.50 sq mi ( 6,582 sq km )920.6 sq mi ( 2,384 sq km )2369
3JuneauAlaska3,253.90 sq mi ( 8,428 sq km )2,701.90 sq mi ( 6,998 sq km )552 sq mi ( 1,430 sq km )31275
4AnchorageAlaska1,961.00 sq mi ( 5,079 sq km )1,704.70 sq mi ( 4,415 sq km )256.3 sq mi ( 664 sq km )291826
5JacksonvilleFlorida874.6 sq mi ( 2,265 sq km )747 sq mi ( 1,935 sq km )127.6 sq mi ( 330 sq km )821784
6AnacondaMontana741.2 sq mi ( 1,920 sq km )736.5 sq mi ( 1,908 sq km )4.7 sq mi ( 12 sq km )9298
7ButteMontana716.8 sq mi ( 1,857 sq km )716.2 sq mi ( 1,855 sq km )0.6 sq mi ( 1.6 sq km )33525
8HoustonTexas627.5 sq mi ( 1,625 sq km )599.6 sq mi ( 1,553 sq km )27.9 sq mi ( 72 sq km )2099451
9Oklahoma CityOklahoma620.8 sq mi ( 1,608 sq km )606.4 sq mi ( 1,571 sq km )14.4 sq mi ( 37 sq km )579999
10PhoenixArizona517.9 sq mi ( 1,341 sq km )516.7 sq mi ( 1,338 sq km )1.2 sq mi ( 3.1 sq km )1445632
Top 10 Largest Cities in the United States by Area

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