North America’s super suburbs


Source: comicvine.com

Source: comicvine.com

Here’s the list of the largest suburbs (by population) in North America. A minimum threshold of 150,000 residents was utilized. The population for all communities in the United States and Puerto Rico are 2013 Census Bureau estimates. For other nations, the date of the population count or estimate, when known, is given in parenthesis.

Some cities were difficult to classify. For example, Virginia Beach, VA is now larger than Norfolk. Since it started as a suburb, I left it in the list. When a metro area had multiple original core cities like Dallas-Forth Worth, LA-Long Beach, San Francisco-Oakland, or Tampa-St. Petersburg, each core city was left out of the list of super suburbs.

Core cities with the most super suburbs include:

Los Angeles (18), Mexico City (16), Phoenix (7), Monterrey (6), Toronto (6), Dallas-Fort Worth (5), Las Vegas (5), San Salvador (5), Guadalajara (3), Southeast Florida (3), New York City (3), Port-au-Prince (3), and Vancouver (3).

  1. Ecatepec, Mexico = 1,655,015 (2010)
  2. Zapopan, Mexico = 1,142,483 (2010)
  3. Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico = 1,104,585 (2010)
  4. Naucalpan, Mexico = 792,211 (2010)
  5. Mississauga, ON, Canada = 713,443 (2011)
  6. Guadalupe, Mexico = 673,616 (2010)
  7. Tlalnepantla, Mexico = 653,410 (2010)
  8. Chimalhuacán, Mexico = 612,383 (2010)
  9. Tlaquepaque, Mexico = 575,942 (2010)
  10. Brampton, ON, Canada = 523,911 (2011)
  11. Toluca, Mexico = 489,333 (2010)
  12. Ciudad López Mateos, Mexico = 489,160 (2010)
  13. Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico = 484,573 (2010)
  14. Mixco, Guatemala = 473 080
  15. Surrey, BC, Canada = 468,251 (2011)
  16. Ciudad Apodaca, Mexico = 467,157 (2010)
  17. Carrefour, Haiti = 465,019 (2009)
  18. Mesa, AZ, USA = 457,587
  19. Virginia Beach, VA, USA = 448,479
  20. San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico = 443,273 (2010)
  21. Tonala, Mexico = 408,759 (2010)
  22. Villa Nueva, Guatemala = 406 830
  23. Laval, QC, Canada = 401,553 (2011)
  24. Arlington, TX, USA = 379,577
  25. Delmas, Haiti = 359,451 (2009)
  26. Xico, Mexico = 356,352 (2010)
  27. General Escobedo, Mexico = 352,444 (2010)
  28. Aurora, CO, USA = 345,803
  29. Anaheim, CA, USA = 345,012
  30. Pétionville, Haiti = 342,694 (2009)
  31. Santa Ana, CA, USA = 334,227
  32. Ixtapaluca, Mexico = 322,271 (2010)
  33. Riverside, CA, USA = 316,619
  34. San Miguelito, Panama = 315,019 (2010)
  35. Markham, ON, Canada = 301,709 (2011)
  36. Vaughn, ON, Canada = 288,301 (2011)
  37. Ciudad Nicolás Romero, Mexico = 281,799 (2010)
  38. Newark, NJ, USA = 278,427
  39. Coacalco de Berriozábal, Mexico = 277,959 (2010)
  40. Plano, TX, USA = 274,409
  41. Henderson, NV, USA = 270,811
  42. Santa Catarina, Mexico = 268,347 (2010)
  43. Gatineau, QC, Canada = 265,349 (2011)
  44. Soyapango, El Salvador = 262,975
  45. Gómez Palacio, Mexico = 257,352 (2010)
  46. Jersey City, NJ, USA = 257,342
  47. Chula Vista, CA, USA = 256,780
  48. Soledad de Graciano Sánchez, Mexico = 255,015 (2010)
  49. Chandler, AZ, USA = 249,146
  50. Ojo de Agua, Mexico = 242,272
  51. Cité Soleil, Haiti = 241,055 (2009)
  52. Irvine, CA, USA = 236,716
  53. Glendale, AZ, USA = 234,632
  54. Garland, TX, USA = 234,566
  55. Hialeah, FL, USA = 233,394
  56. Longueuil, QC, Canada = 231,409 (2011)
  57. Chesapeake, VA, USA = 230,571
  58. Gilbert, AZ, USA = 229,972
  59. Irving, TX, USA = 228,653
  60. Scottsdale, AZ, USA = 226,918
  61. North Las Vegas, NV, USA = 226,877
  62. Fremont, CA, USA = 224,922
  63. Burnaby, BC, Canada = 223,218
  64. Paradise, NV, USA = 223,167
  65. Apopa, El Salvador = 217,733
  66. Mejicanos, El Salvador = 211,878
  67. San Bernardino, CA, USA = 213,708
  68. Arlington, VA, USA = 207,627
  69. Buenavista, Mexico = 206,081
  70. Oxnard, CA, USA = 203,007
  71. Fontana, CA, USA = 203,003
  72. Moreno Valley, CA, USA = 201,175
  73. Aurora, IL, USA = 199,963
  74. Yonkers, NY, USA = 199,766
  75. Bayamon, Puerto Rico = 198,958
  76. Huntington Beach, CA, USA = 197,575
  77. Glendale, CA, USA = 196,021
  78. Richmond, BC, Canada = 190,473 (2011)
  79. San Pablo de las Salinas, Mexico = 189,453
  80. Sunrise Manor, NV, USA = 189,372
  81. Richmond Hill, ON, Canada = 185,541 (2011)
  82. Grand Prairie, TX, USA = 183,372
  83. Oakville, ON, Canada = 182,520 (2011)
  84. Overland Park, KS, USA = 181,260
  85. Santa Clarita, CA, USA = 179,590
  86. Spring Valley, NV, USA = 178,395
  87. Burlington, ON, Canada = 175,779 (2011)
  88. Garden Grove, CA, USA = 175,140
  89. Delgado, El Salvador = 174,825
  90. Chicoloapan de Juárez, Mexico = 172,919
  91. Oceanside, CA, USA = 172,794
  92. Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA = 171,386
  93. Port St. Lucie, FL, USA= 171,016
  94. Carolina, Puerto Rico = 169,597
  95. Chalco de Díaz Covarrubias, Mexico = 168, 720
  96. Tempe, AZ, USA = 168,228
  97. Ontario, CA, USA = 167,500
  98. Vancouver, WA, USA = 167,405
  99. Cape Coral, FL, USA = 165,831
  100. Peoria, AZ, USA = 162,592
  101. Pembroke Pines, FL, USA = 162,329
  102. Elk Grove, CA, USA = 161,007
  103. Lancaster, CA, USA = 159,523
  104. Corona, CA, USA = 159,503
  105. Ilopango, El Salvador = 159,232
  106. Palmdale, CA, USA = 157,161
  107. Pasadena, TX, USA = 152,735
  108. Ciudad Benito Juárez, Mexico = 151,893
  109. Hayward, CA, USA = 151,574
  110. Pomona, CA, USA = 151,348
  111. Cary, NC, USA = 151,088

Sources: en.wikipedia.org and Census Bureau

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7 Responses to North America’s super suburbs

  1. For some of these cities, I am familiar enough with them to wonder what makes them a suburb, and what are they suburbs of? They’re not all like the Moon, which was originally torn or smashed out of Earth. I looked up Aurora, Illinois, which I assume is listed as a suburb of Chicago. There are a number of incorporated places in Illinois which were all begun around the same time: as soon as the Native Americans were expelled. Chicago was incorporated in 1837. Aurora got its Post Office in 1837, which gave it an identity as a recognized place, though the final stage wasn’t done until 1857. Aurora didn’t begin as a suburb of Chicago; it was swallowed up in the Chicago SMSA.
    I also am wondering what city Lancaster and Palmdale CA are suburbs of. I’ve been in and around both and never considered them suburbs.

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  2. Syd Chan says:

    I have the same question as Jean SmilingCoyote, how are some of these communities suburbs? If you’ve defined super suburbs as cities outside core cities that have had the vast majority of growth in the post-WWII years (the key years for suburban growth, at least in the US), Newark, NJ and Jersey City, NJ outside New York City don’t fit that definition, since they’ve actually shrunk in the postwar era from their highest population. Indeed, Newark and Jersey City are more characteristic of urban cities in urban form and social problems, and each were larger than some of the “core cities” that you’ve excluded, including Oakland, Long Beach, and St. Petersburg.

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    • problogic says:

      I debated throughout the preparation of the post what to do about Newark ad Jersey City. I do not recall the New York metro area ever being referred to as the New York-Newark or New York-Jersey City Metro Area. In addition, both have more recently made a turn around and are growing again. It was a judgement call.

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  3. David B says:

    If you put all suburbs of city togeher rather than rely on each jurisdiction then almost every city had more people in the suburbs, Simply all of the Bay region is a suburb of SF. Perhaps we should forget the outmoded definition and talk about multicentred urban regions which is what the Bay area is. The Ruhr is a similar case,

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