CITIES AND COUNTIES
How many cities are in the United States?
There are approximately 18,440 cities and towns in the United States, the vast majority of which have fewer than 25,000 people.
Measured by area, what is the largest city in the United States?
Juneau, Alaska, the capital of the state, is the largest city in the United States, with over 3,100 square miles (8,000 square kilometers).
What are the fastest growing U.S. cities in terms of population growth from 2000 to 2006?
From 2000 to 2006, the fastest-growing U.S. cities have been McKinney, Texas (97.3%); Gilbert, Arizona (73.9%); and North Las Vegas, Nevada (71.1%).
Does Louisiana have counties?
No. Louisiana is divided into 64 parishes rather than counties. These parishes are no different than counties, other than in name. The word parish comes from the parish system of the Catholic church, and thus shows the French and Catholic influence on Louisiana.
How much did the population of New Orleans decline after Hurricane Katrina struck?
Although many residents returned in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans's population has declined by more than 53 percent since the 2005 disaster.
What cities have the most crime in the United States?
According to major rankings, Detroit, Michigan; Camden, New Jersey; St. Louis, Missouri; and Oakland, California have the most crime.
What are the northernmost, southernmost, easternmost, and westernmost cities in the United States?
Barrow, Alaska, is the northernmost; Hilo, Hawaii, is the southernmost; Eastport, Maine, is the easternmost; and Atka, Alaska, is the westernmost city in the country.
What is the highest settlement in the United States?
Climax, Colorado, is located at an elevation of 11,302 feet (3,445 meters) and is the highest settlement in the United States.
What is the oldest continually occupied city in the United States?
Saint Augustine, Florida, was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Saint Augus tine is located on Florida's eastern (Atlantic) coast and now has a population of approximately 12,000. It is not only the oldest continually occupied city in the United States, but also in all of North America.
Which is further west—Los Angeles, California, or Reno, Nevada?
Though Nevada is California's eastern neighbor and Los Angeles sits on the Pacific Coast, Reno is farther west than Los Angeles. Reno is located at 119°49' West, while Los Angeles is located at 118°14' West.
What city is named for a game show?
The popular radio game show "Truth or Consequences" offered to host its 10th anniversary show in a city that would change its name to the show's title. In 1950 Hot Springs, New Mexico, changed its name and the 10th anniversary show was broadcast from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. The city still holds the name today.
What city is known as the Earthquake City?
Charleston, South Carolina, claims the nickname "Earthquake City." On August 31, 1886, Charleston suffered from the largest earthquake in history to strike the east coast of the United States. Sixty were killed in the quake, which had an estimated Richter magnitude of 6.6.
Where does Los Angeles get its water?
Not much of the water in Los Angeles comes from local sources—most of it is brought from hundreds of miles away. Large aqueducts, man-made channels used to transport water, were built to carry water from Owens Valley (in East-Central California), from the Colorado River, and from the rivers of Northern California, to Los Angeles. Though this method has brought fresh water to a region that desperately needs it, it has also drained and damaged the ecologies that once depended on the water now being sapped from its supply.
How many counties are in the United States?
There are 3,043 counties in the United States. The state with the least number of counties is Delaware, with three, and Texas has the most, with 254.
What are the largest and smallest counties in the United States?
San Bernardino County in California is the largest, at 20,000 square miles (51,800 square kilometers). It stretches from metropolitan Los Angeles to the Nevada/Arizona border. The smallest county in the United States is Kalawao, Hawaii, at 13 square miles (33.7 square kilometers), which has a very small population of only 130.