15 Sprawling American Cities With the Most Land

You probably know that New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are the American cities with the most people. Those metropolises will still be among the 15 biggest U.S. cities in 2046, too, but only in terms of population. The largest, most sprawling American cities have hundreds or thousands of square miles and are bigger than some states.

All the cities we’re about to visit are huge, but the No. 1 location on our list is much bigger than three U.S. states combined.

15. Suffolk, Virginia

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Sprawling city Suffolk, Virginia, borders North Carolina and the Chesapeake Bay. | fotoguy22/iStock/Getty Images


Size: 400 square miles

Population: 90,237

Can a mammoth city be tucked away anywhere? Well, Suffolk tries. It’s located just west of Norfolk and Virginia Beach in southeast Virginia, and it extends from the North Carolina border north to the Chesapeake Bay area. The size of the city combined with a population of 90,237 breaks down to roughly 225 people per square mile.

Next: Rising crime rates are a problem in this city.

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