America’s largest mega-suburbs by land area – UPD

The following list identifies those American suburban cities that as of late last week occupied a “land’ area of at least 50 square miles – water area is not included in the area calculation.  Also not included are “towns” as defined in the Northeast, unincorporated places, or townships. Those metro areas with the most suburban cities represented on the list include:

Los Angeles = 15
Phoenix = 10
Dallas-Fort Worth = 9
Hampton Roads = 4
Kansas City = 4
Oklahoma City = 4
Houston = 3
Las Vegas = 3
Prescott = 3
Orlando = 2
Duluth = 2
Fort Myers = 2
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Any additions and/or corrections are most welcome. those with an increase  (or decrease) in area of over one (1) square mile are bold highlighted in the update.
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  1. Suffolk (Hampton Roads), VA = 399.2 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  2. Buckeye (Phoenix), AZ = 393.0 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  3. Chesapeake (Hampton Roads), VA = 338.5 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  4. Virginia Beach (Hampton Roads), VA = 249.0 square miles
  5. Cusseta (Columbus), GA = 248.7 square miles
  6. Boulder City (Las Vegas), NV = 208.2 square miles
  7. California City (Bakersfield), CA = 203.6 square miles
  8. Goodyear (Phoenix), AZ =  191.3 square miles
  9. Scottsdale (Phoenix), AZ = 184.0 square miles
  10. Hibbing (Duluth), MN = 182.0 square miles
  11. Norman (Oklahoma City), OK = 178.9 square miles
  12. Peoria (Phoenix), AZ = 176.0 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  13. Aurora (Denver), CO = 160.1 square miles – updated – 5/18/22
  14. Bunnell (Daytona Beach), FL = 139.8 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  15. Mesa (Phoenix), AZ = 138.8 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  16. Marana (Tucson), AZ = 121.8 square miles
  17. Fernley (Reno), NV = 121.3 square miles
  18. Port St. Lucie (Fort Pierce), FL = 119.2 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  19. Eloy (Phoenix), AZ = 113.7 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  20. Casa Grande (Phoenix), AZ = 112.0 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  21. Surprise (Phoenix), AZ = 110.3 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  22. Henderson (Las Vegas), NV = 106.1 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  23. Babbitt (Duluth), MN = 106.09 square miles
  24. Palmdale (Los Angeles), CA = 106.08 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  25. Cape Coral (Fort Myers), FL = 106.03 square miles
  26. Rio Rancho (Albuquerque), NM = 103.4 square miles – updated on 5/18/22
  27. North Port (Sarasota-Bradenton), FL = 99.4 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  28. North Las Vegas (Las Vegas), NV = 97.9 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  29. Plymouth (Boston), MA = 96.5 square miles
  30. Denton (Dallas-Fort Worth), TX = 96.4 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  31. Arlington (Dallas-Fort Worth), TX = 95.8 square miles
  32. Palm Coast (Jacksonville), FL = 95.4 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  33. Palm Springs (Los Angeles), CA = 94.5 square miles
  34. Lancaster (Los Angeles), California = 94.3 square miles
  35. Lehigh Acres (Fort Myers), FL = 92.7 square miles – added 5/19/22
  36. Palm Bay (Melbourne), FL = 86.4 square miles – added 5/18/22
  37. Oak Ridge (Knoxville), TN = 85.25 square miles
  38. South Fulton (Atlanta), GA = 85.22 square mails – added 5/18/22
  39. Edmund (Oklahoma City), OK = 84.7 square miles
  40. Riverside (Los Angeles), CA = 81.2 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  41. El Reno (Oklahoma City), OK = 79.2 square miles
  42. Independence (Kansas City, MO-KS), MO = 78.0 square miles
  43. Port Arthur (Beaumont), TX = 77.2 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  44. Fremont (San Francisco-Oakland), CA = 78.3 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  45. North Charleston (Charleston), SC = 77.6 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  46. Apple Valley (Los Angeles), CA = 77.0 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  47. Rome (Utica), NY = 74.9 square miles
  48. Overland Park (Kansas City, MO-KS), KS = 75.2 square miles
  49. Victorville (Los Angeles), CA = 73.7 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  50. Hesperia (Los Angeles), CA = 72.7 square miles
  51. Grand Prairie (Dallas-Fort Worth), TX = 72.6 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  52. Conroe (Houston), TX = 72.0 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  53. Poinciana (Orlando), FL = 71.9 square miles – added 5/19/22
  54. Plano (Dallas-Fort Worth), TX = 71.7 square miles
  55. Santa Clarita (Los Angeles), CA = 70.8 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  56. Frisco (Dallas-Fort Worth), TX = 68.7 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  57. Gilbert (Phoenix), AZ = 68.6 square miles – added 5/18/22
  58. Irving, (Dallas-Fort Worth), TX = 66.98 square miles
  59. McKinney (Dallas-Fort Worth), TX = 66.96 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  60. Wildwood (St. Louis), MO = 66.6 square miles
  61. Texas City (Houston), TX = 66.3 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  62. Irvine (Los Angeles), CA = 65.6 square miles
  63. Chandler (Phoenix), AZ = 65.5 square miles – added 5/18/22
  64. Joliet (Chicago), IL = 65.1 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  65. Lee’s Summit (Kansas City, MO-KS), MO = 63.8 square miles
  66. Concord (Charlotte), NC = 63.5 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  67. Midlothian (Dallas-Fort Worth), TX = 63.5 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  68. Murfreesboro (Nashville), TN = 62.9 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  69. Chino Valley (Prescott), AZ = 62.5 square miles -added 5/18/22
  70. Central (Baton Rouge), LA = 62.3 square miles
  71. San Bernardino (Los Angeles), CA = 62.1 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  72. Broken Arrow (Tulsa), OK = 61.9 square miles – added 5/18/22
  73. Olathe (Kansas City, MO-KS), KS = 61.6 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  74. Spring Hill (Tampa-St. Pete), Fl = 59.9 square miles – added 5/19/22
  75. Twentynine Palms (Los Angeles), CA = 58.8 square miles
  76. Cary (Research Triangle), NC = 58.9 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  77. Newberry (Gainesville), FL = 58.9 square miles – added 5/19/22
  78. Palm Beach Gardens (West Palm Beach), FL = 58.7 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  79. Chattahoochee Hills (Atlanta), GA = 58.2 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  80. Williamson (Prescott), AZ = 58.15 square miles – added 5/18/22
  81. Georgetown (Austin), TX = 57.3 square miles – added 5/18/22
  82. Paulden (Prescott), AZ = 57.3 square miles – added 5/18/22
  83. Garland (Dallas-Fort Worth), TX = 57.1 square miles
  84. Wildwood (Orlando), FL = 56.3 square miles – added 5/19/22
  85. Union City (Oklahoma City), OK = 56.1 square miles – added 5/18/22
  86. High Point (Greensboro-Winston-Salem), NC = 56.0 square miles
  87. Decatur (Huntsville), AL = 54.4 square miles
  88. North Little Rock (Little Rock), AR = 53.0 square miles – added 5/18/22
  89. Adelanto (Los Angeles), CA = 52.9 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  90. Hurricane (St. George), UT = 52.8 square miles
  91. Bluffton (Savannah, GA), SC = 52.0 square miles
  92. Gastonia (Charlotte), NC = 51.7 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  93. Moreno Valley (Los Angeles), CA = 51.3 square miles
  94. League City (Houston), TX = 51.3 square miles – updated 5/18/22
  95. Hampton (Hampton Roads), Va = 51.0 square miles
  96. Long Beach (Los Angeles), CA = 50.7 square miles
  97. Eagle Mountain (Provo-Orem), UT = 50.4 square miles – added 5/18/22

Sources: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_area for most of those exceeding 70 square miles in area and en.wikipedia.org for each individual city or list of cities by state for the rest of the list.

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4 Responses to America’s largest mega-suburbs by land area – UPD

  1. What definition was used for “suburban city”? Offhand, I see many in southern California, a region I’m personally familiar with, that I would NOT call “suburbs.” Just being in the L.A. metro area doesn’t make these what I’d call “suburbs.”

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  2. Tom Wagner says:

    Suburb areal sizes may hide the real impact of suburbs on central cities. Detroit has dozens of small area suburbs that add up to an area 5-10 times the size of the City of Detroit. Each suburb competes with the others in sucking residents and economic wealth out of the urban core.

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    • problogic says:

      I agree – Michigan’s antiquated annexation laws also tend to hurt Detroit and other core cities as their ability to expand is greatly diminished.

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      • Tom Wagner says:

        While once Detroit needed to expand beyond its civil boundaries but couldn’t because of the “home rule” suburbs, today the City wants to get smaller (having lost over a million residents) but cannot because of its suburbs. It’s locked in!

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