Largest NBA Cities: Ranking NBA Cities by Population

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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Oct 06, 2022, 8:15 PM
  • Twenty-nine different cities have an NBA team.
  • New York has the largest population among NBA cities.

The basketball odds for an NBA city to win a championship change yearly, and it can be seen in various online sportsbooks. But the support of respective fan bases to their NBA team will always be constant.

There are 29 U.S. cities competing in the NBA and one city from Canada. Which of them has the biggest population?

What Is the Largest NBA City?

New York City is the largest NBA city, with 8,467,513 in total population. The city houses two of the richest teams in the league – the Knicks and the Nets, the top one and top seven richest franchises in the NBA, according to Forbes in 2021. Following New York is Toronto which has 6,255,000 residents.

Los Angeles came in third with 3,849,297 and also banners two NBA teams, the Lakers and the Clippers, who are third and sixth in the most valuable teams on Forbes’ list. Aside from the first three cities mentioned, there are only six other NBA teams with over 1 million citizens in their town: Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, and Dallas.

Largest NBA Cities: Ranking NBA Cities by Population

CityPopulationTeam(s)
New York City8,467,513Knicks and Nets
Toronto 6,255,000Raptors
Los Angeles3,849,297Lakers and Clippers
Chicago2,696,555Bulls
Houston2,288,250Rockets
Phoenix1,624,569Suns
Philadelphia1,576,25176ers
San Antonio1,451,853Spurs
Dallas1,288,457Mavericks
Indianapolis882,039Pacers
Charlotte879,709Hornets
San Francisco815,201Warriors
Denver711,463Nuggets
Oklahoma City687,725Thunder
Washington, D.C.670,050Wizards
Boston654,776Celtics
Portland641,162Trail Blazers
Detroit632,464Pistons
Memphis628,127Grizzlies
Milwaukee569,330Bucks
Sacramento525,041Kings
Atlanta496,461Hawks
Miami439,890Heat
Minneapolis425,336Timberwolves
New Orleans376,971Pelicans
Cleveland367,991Cavaliers
Orlando309,154Magic
Salt Lake City200,478Jazz

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with B.A in Communication and is currently a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.