We could all use a little more space.

Enough space. It’s something we all want in a home, but it can easily end up just outside our budget. Fortunately, if you’re feeling a little crowded in your own residence, living in a city with plenty of room can make all the difference.

The largest cities in the U.S. by area

The bigger the city, the more space there is for activities, attractions and places to eat, shop and drink. To that point, here are the largest cities in the U.S. by area. They’ll give you plenty of room, to stretch out and find adventure, when being at home feels a bit too cramped.

Land area: 249.02 square miles
Population: 449,974
Average studio rent: $1,345
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,322
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,421
With a three-mile boardwalk stretching along the Atlantic, Virginia Beach offers all the best in a coastal town. Its popularity dates back to 1607, when the Jamestown colonists landed. Taking advantage of its proximity to the ocean, the 249 square miles that make up Virginia Beach include the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, full of sharks, rays, sea turtles and more. While the beach is the center of the city, you can also find a thriving arts district, an expansive countryside and a bustling city center. 25. Virginia Beach, VA Find apartments in Virginia Beach
Land area: 255.24 square miles
Population: 681,728
Average studio rent: $643
Average one-bedroom rent: $881
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,068
Right on the Western tip of Texas, El Paso actually shares a border with Mexico. Its 255 square miles encompass a variety of cultures and traditions including those from Mexico, local Native Americans and even the historic Old West. The desert landscape is full of plenty to do. Bike along the Rio Grande, hit up a casino or sample some wine at a regional vineyard. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s almost always a good day to divide your time between indoor and outdoor attractions in this town. 24. El Paso, TX Find apartments in El Paso
Land area: 283.65 square miles
Population: 323,152
Average studio rent: $896
Average one-bedroom rent: $906
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,096
With all the horse farms and thoroughbred racetracks, Lexington is definitely in need of its close to 284 square miles of land. This city is all about horses, but Lexington has more going for it by far. With 28 miles of bike lanes and almost as many shared-use trails, it’s perfect for outdoor lovers. Fresh, local food is easily accessible at two distinct farmer’s markets, and experts are everywhere crafting beer and making bourbon. And you can’t talk about Lexington without mentioning the city’s devotion to bluegrass. 23. Lexington, KY Find apartments in Lexington
Land area: 297.68 square miles
Population: 885,708
Average studio rent: $1,351
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,306
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,604
Friendly and diverse, Charlotte interweaves modernity with old-school Southern charm. It mixes natural beauty with a growing metropolitan area. With a tagline of, “We’re not just one of a kind, we’re one of every kind,” the feeling of inclusivity permeates the city. Grab a meal on-the-go from a food truck, wander through a museum, sample the colorful history of the city or indulge in the arts while sipping on some craft beer. It’s all rolled into the nearly 298 square miles of Charlotte. 22. Charlotte, NC Find apartments in Charlotte
Land area: 297.90 square miles
Population: 978,908
Average studio rent: $1,312
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,456
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,671
The capital city of Texas, Austin has a fun mix of college students, families and young professionals all enjoying the city. Within its 298 square miles, there’s an eclectic music scene for those who like live entertainment at night. During the day, spend your time visiting any of the city’s parks and lakes. Go tubing, hiking, biking, swimming or boating when the weather is right. Austin locals take eating and drinking seriously. There are tons of options when it comes to cuisine and cocktail preferences. 21. Austin, TX Find apartments in Austin
Land area: 302.47 square miles
Population: 197,888
Average studio rent: $996
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,019
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,188
Perhaps best known for its yearly Masters Tournament, the city has more than golf on its brain. Situated on the banks of the Savannah River, you can familiarize yourself with the area from the water. There are many attractions that focus on the culture and history of the town itself. With both the Augusta Riverwalk and Augusta Canal, there are enough activities, restaurants and spots of natural beauty to keep you busy for a while. 20. Augusta, GA Find apartments in Augusta
Land area: 302.64 square miles
Population: 8,336,817
Average studio rent: $3,053
Average one-bedroom rent: $3,911
Average two-bedroom rent: $5,466
It’s hard to think of something you can’t find in New York City. There’s so much stacked into its nearly 303 square miles. From Times Square to the Statue of Liberty, you can spend a day wandering and never get bored. At night, grab some amazing food and catch a Broadway show. Your day doesn’t even have to end after that. Grab drinks at any of the lively bars or clubs and keep things going late into the night. New York City is an exciting place to live, but the cost for all the fun is high. 19. New York, NY Find apartments in New York City
Land area: 314.95 square miles
Population: 495,327
Average studio rent: $1,053
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,242
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,544
Straddling the border between Kansas and Missouri, Kansas City is well-known for its barbecue and jazz. While its music takes on a soulful pitch, its barbecue is sweet and tangy. Grab a meal before heading to the Vine Jazz District and the American Jazz Museum. When you’re done, check out the fountains. Within the 315 square miles of the city, you’ll find 200 fountains both large and small. This huge number of water features has earned K.C. the nickname City of Fountains. 18. Kansas City, MO Find apartments in Kansas City
Land area: 315.05 square miles
Population: 651,073
Average studio rent: $1,050
Average one-bedroom rent: $980
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,020
Situated alongside the Mississippi River, Memphis has a lot going for it. From music to its own style of barbecue, the home of Elvis Presley feels bigger than its 315 square miles. To enjoy the styles of blues, soul and rock that originated in Memphis, walk down Beale Street on any given night and stick your head in any club. The city is also a great industry hub with companies like FedEx calling Memphis home. 17. Memphis, TN Find apartments in Memphis
Land area: 325.19 square miles
Population: 1,423,851
Average studio rent: $2,030
Average one-bedroom rent: $2,428
Average two-bedroom rent: $3,224
For perfect weather and sandy beaches, San Diego is a great choice. This wide expanse includes a bustling downtown area with fun shopping at Seaport Village and access to authentic cuisine and culture in Old Town. At 325 square miles, the city’s surrounding areas also include plenty of that chill, beachy vibe. The city also has the allure of luxury, with high-end dining, spas, glamorous hotels and golf courses. If you’re looking for an experience that’s both decadent and steeped in history, check out the Hotel del Coronado. 16. San Diego, CA Find apartments in San Diego
Land area: 339.82 square miles
Population: 909,585
Average studio rent: $1,260
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,250
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,492
One of many Texas towns on the list, Fort Worth is best known for its rodeos. Found at the Fort Worth Stockyards, this hot spot features lasso slingers, cowboys and cowgirls, bull riders and clowns. Originally an important trading post, the city stretches almost 340 square miles. Today, Fort Worth has a modern vibe with an amazing zoo, botanical garden and plenty of attractions. Explore the Cultural District before heading off to Sundance Square to shop and eat or check out a race at the Texas Motor Speedway. 15. Fort Worth, TX Find apartments in Fort Worth
Land area: 340.52 square miles
Population: 1,343,573
Average studio rent: $1,373
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,543
Average two-bedroom rent: $2,189
While you’ll find your share of cowboy boots and hats in Dallas, the city has so much more to offer. Sitting right beside Fort Worth, it almost has the exact same physical space as its neighbor. At 340.5 square miles, you’ll know you’re here when you see Big Tex waving at you. This statue has been a city staple and the official welcomer of the State Fair of Texas for decades. An ultra-modern city, Dallas checks all the boxes with plenty to do and see day or night. 14. Dallas, TX Find apartments in Dallas
Land area: 340.80 square miles
Population: 244,835
Average studio rent: $1,295
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,244
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,378
Consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the U.S., Chesapeake consists of nearly 341 square miles of land. It’s also a coastal Virginia city with more than 22 miles of waterways and tons of natural beauty to wander through. This growing city holds a deep connection to its history, offering Civil War reenactments and access to preserved battle sites and trails, some of which supported the Underground Railroad. Chesapeake offers a fun retail experience in Hampton Roads, which is full of boutiques and quirky shops. 13. Chesapeake, VA Find apartments in Chesapeake
Land area: 366.46 square miles
Population: 876,384
Average studio rent: $1,041
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,129
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,374
The great thing about living in Indianapolis is access. Although a large city at 366 square miles, if you pick your home base just right, you’re close to everything. This includes the Circle Centre Mall, White River State Park and the Central Canal. In addition to plenty of shopping and outdoor activities, the city pays homage to its Native American heritage at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. For history buffs, you can visit Monument Circle and check out a solid collection of monuments and memorials. 12. Indianapolis, IN Find apartments in Indianapolis
Land area: 375.26 square miles
Population: 79,620
Average studio rent: N/A
Average one-bedroom rent: N/A
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,221
A suburb of Phoenix, 375 square miles make up Buckeye, AZ, one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. Named after the post office, which superseded the town’s incorporation, the city is full of wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts. Within Buckeye alone you’ll find the Gila River, White Tank Mountains and Robbins Butte. Each site features historic things to see and fun activities to do. For those who want less hiking, but time outside, check out the Verrado Golf Club or the annual Air Fair. 11. Buckeye, AZ Find apartments in Buckeye
Land area: 380.42 square miles
Population: 617,638
Average studio rent: $894
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,061
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,183
It’s off to the races for Louisville locals. Home to Churchill Downs, the site of the Kentucky Derby, this is where residents and visitors alike don fancy clothes and fancier hats to watch the iconic horse race. After the races, it’s time to explore the rest of the 380 square miles of this city. Indulge your love of America’s pastime at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Get outside in some green space with 18 different parks to see. It’s also bourbon central, with multiple distilleries spread out across town. It’s also the birthplace of the old fashioned. 10. Louisville, KY Find apartments in Louisville
Land area: 400.17 square miles
Population: 92,108
Average studio rent: N/A
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,274
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,523
With small-town charm, the 400 square miles of Suffolk also hold some big-city appeal. Downtown, you’ll find family-owned restaurants and cute, little shops. You can spend your morning visiting the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum, and then spend the afternoon on The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. No matter what, you’ll get a sense of Southern hospitality, even if you’re there only to take advantage of professional opportunities in the tech industry, a thriving business within the city. 9. Suffolk, VA Find apartments in Suffolk
Land area: 460.93 square miles
Population: 1,547,253
Average studio rent: $903
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,110
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,349
Home to the Alamo and the amazing River Walk, San Antonio has culture you can only find in Texas. Its 461 square miles are home to some of the best Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican cuisine in the state. Take a tour of the famous battle site before meandering through the heart of San Antonio where you’ll find plenty of cafes and shops. Venture out into Hill Country to see rugged hills of limestone and granite, not to mention refreshing swimming holes and Texas ranches. 8. San Antonio, TX Find apartments in San Antonio
Land area: 468.67 square miles
Population: 3,979,576
Average studio rent: $2,435
Average one-bedroom rent: $3,076
Average two-bedroom rent: $4,559
You can definitely say you live in an iconic city if you call Los Angeles your home. From Hollywood to the Santa Monica Pier, Malibu to Beverly Hills, L.A. is full of places to be and things to see. At 470 square miles, this sprawl also has an extremely dense population and a reputation for a lot of traffic. That said, it also has miles of beach complete with soothing waves from the Pacific Ocean. Whether you’re celebrity-watching or enjoying the abundant variety of delicious food, there’s plenty to experience in Los Angeles. 7. Los Angeles, CA Find apartments in Los Angeles
Land area: 475.13 square miles
Population: 670,820
Average studio rent: $1,844
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,743
Average two-bedroom rent: $2,146
At 475 square miles, the city of Nashville is another impressively-sized Southern city. The heart of country music, you’ll find the Grand Ole Opry here in addition to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Interspersed are honky-tonks and small venues highlighting local artists in a variety of genres. Music is where Nashville began, and where it continues to thrive today, but it’s not all the city is about. The theme throughout Music City is to have a good time, whether you’re experiencing live music, watching a sporting event or even meandering through an art exhibit. 6. Nashville, TN Find apartments in Nashville
Land area: 516.70 square miles
Population: 1,680,992
Average studio rent: $1,084
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,374
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,724
Living life in the desert has its perks, including almost year-round sunshine. Known as the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix consists of almost 517 square miles. This includes mountain trails and picturesque locations to hike, climb or horseback ride. For a more urban experience, the downtown area offers CityScape, which is two blocks of restaurants, bars, shops and fun things to do day and night. Also close by is Roosevelt Row, Phoenix’s walkable arts district. All of this rolls up into a surreal landscape full of saguaro cacti. 5. Phoenix, AZ Find apartments in Phoenix
Land area: 599.59 square miles
Population: 2,320,268
Average studio rent: $1,160
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,230
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,599
Taking up close to 600 square miles, Houston is a sizable city in the big state of Texas. As the home base for NASA, there are a lot of astronauts, engineers, mathematicians and scientists who call this place home. A mix of the arts, professional sports, business opportunities and social attractions make the city a stylish and engaging place to live. Year-round mild temperatures make it easy to spend the day outside, while award-winning restaurants call you in to recharge. The electric culture combines Southern charm with an international appeal. 4. Houston, TX Find apartments in Houston
Land area: 606.41 square miles
Population: 655,057
Average studio rent: $669
Average one-bedroom rent: $783
Average two-bedroom rent: $957
Surrounded by working oil wells, Oklahoma City is what you picture when you think of a Southern town. You can find ranchers raising livestock, looking like they stepped out of a cowboy movie. Situated along I-35, the city is a primary travel stop for those moving through the South. At just a touch above 600 square miles, Oklahoma City is steeped in both Native American and Western culture. Take a trip down the Oklahoma River before exploring the history, neighborhoods, restaurants and craft breweries throughout the city. 3. Oklahoma City, OK Find apartments in Oklahoma City
Land area: 747.00 square miles
Population: 911,507
Average studio rent: $735
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,106
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,287
Jacksonville is the largest city by land mass in the contiguous United States. Consisting of 747 square miles, the city has all the appeal of many Florida destinations with plenty to do outdoors. From beaches to fishing to an extensive park system, the beautiful Florida weather makes spending time outside a cinch. You can also take advantage of coastal delicacies and craft beer when it’s time to recharge. Jacksonville also places a big emphasis on supporting local art with a monthly downtown art walk. 2. Jacksonville, FL Find apartments in Jacksonville
Land area: 1,704.68
Population: 288,000
Average studio rent: $1,060
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,238
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,468
It makes sense that the largest state by land mass in the U.S. also has the largest city. Covering almost 2,000 square miles, Anchorage is almost the same size as the state of Delaware. This gateway to the glacial north may look like a typical city, but it’s anything but. You’ll find bald eagles, moose and bears making themselves at home, not to the mention the large influx of salmon that return each summer to the icy waters in Ship Creek to spawn. A truly unique city, you’re close to massive glaciers and pristine lakes, not to mention woodsy trails and parks. 1. Anchorage, AK Find apartments in Anchorage
Land area: 249.02 square miles
Population: 449,974
Average studio rent: $1,345
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,322
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,421
With a three-mile boardwalk stretching along the Atlantic, Virginia Beach offers all the best in a coastal town. Its popularity dates back to 1607, when the Jamestown colonists landed. Taking advantage of its proximity to the ocean, the 249 square miles that make up Virginia Beach include the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, full of sharks, rays, sea turtles and more. While the beach is the center of the city, you can also find a thriving arts district, an expansive countryside and a bustling city center. 25. Virginia Beach, VA Find apartments in Virginia Beach
Land area: 255.24 square miles
Population: 681,728
Average studio rent: $643
Average one-bedroom rent: $881
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,068
Right on the Western tip of Texas, El Paso actually shares a border with Mexico. Its 255 square miles encompass a variety of cultures and traditions including those from Mexico, local Native Americans and even the historic Old West. The desert landscape is full of plenty to do. Bike along the Rio Grande, hit up a casino or sample some wine at a regional vineyard. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s almost always a good day to divide your time between indoor and outdoor attractions in this town. 24. El Paso, TX Find apartments in El Paso
Land area: 283.65 square miles
Population: 323,152
Average studio rent: $896
Average one-bedroom rent: $906
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,096
With all the horse farms and thoroughbred racetracks, Lexington is definitely in need of its close to 284 square miles of land. This city is all about horses, but Lexington has more going for it by far. With 28 miles of bike lanes and almost as many shared-use trails, it’s perfect for outdoor lovers. Fresh, local food is easily accessible at two distinct farmer’s markets, and experts are everywhere crafting beer and making bourbon. And you can’t talk about Lexington without mentioning the city’s devotion to bluegrass. 23. Lexington, KY Find apartments in Lexington
Land area: 297.68 square miles
Population: 885,708
Average studio rent: $1,351
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,306
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,604
Friendly and diverse, Charlotte interweaves modernity with old-school Southern charm. It mixes natural beauty with a growing metropolitan area. With a tagline of, “We’re not just one of a kind, we’re one of every kind,” the feeling of inclusivity permeates the city. Grab a meal on-the-go from a food truck, wander through a museum, sample the colorful history of the city or indulge in the arts while sipping on some craft beer. It’s all rolled into the nearly 298 square miles of Charlotte. 22. Charlotte, NC Find apartments in Charlotte
Land area: 297.90 square miles
Population: 978,908
Average studio rent: $1,312
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,456
Average two-bedroom rent: $1,671
The capital city of Texas, Austin has a fun mix of college students, families and young professionals all enjoying the city. Within its 298 square miles, there’s an eclectic music scene for those who like live entertainment at night. During the day, spend your time visiting any of the city’s parks and lakes. Go tubing, hiking, biking, swimming or boating when the weather is right. Austin locals take eating and drinking seriously. There are tons of options when it comes to cuisine and cocktail preferences. 21. Austin, TX Find apartments in Austin

Land area is determined by public records from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Population numbers are based on the U.S. Census 2019 population estimates.
Rent prices are based on a rolling weighted average from Apartment Guide and Rent.com’s multifamily rental property inventory. We pulled our data in January 2021, and it goes back for one year. Our team uses a weighted average formula that more accurately represents price availability for each individual unit type and reduces the influence of seasonality on rent prices in specific markets.
The rent information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.



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