Cities are an essential component of the nation’s prosperity—central to the quality of life, livelihoods, and the long-term prospects of most Americans. Pew’s American Cities Project focuses on the biggest city in each of the nation’s 30 largest metropolitan areas and helps policymakers understand key challenges and promising approaches.
The cities we study are: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City (MO), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Riverside (CA), Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, and Washington (DC).
These cities illustrate important trends developing elsewhere in the country. Together, they are home to nearly 34 million people—more than one in 10 Americans. An additional 100 million live in the regions they anchor.