Special Report

25 Most American Cities

5. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater’s population closely resembles the demographic layout of the country as a whole. Within the metro area, 66.1% of residents are white, 17.0% Hispanic or Latino, 11.4% black, and 3.0% are Asian, each within 3 percentage points of the corresponding national shares. Tampa residents also resemble the average American in physical health. For example, the metro area’s obesity rate of 27.3% is comparable to the national 27.0% obesity rate.

4. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

In the Chicago metro area, 64% of housing units are owned by their occupants, roughly the same share as the national homeownership rate. Several health related measures in Chicago are in line with national figures as well. Both the city’s obesity rate and uninsured rate are within a percentage point of the 27.0% and 11.7% respective nationwide rates. The city’s workforce also resembles that of the country as a whole in many ways. Several industries in the area employ roughly the same share of the workforce as they do nationwide.

3. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

The typical household in the Charlotte area earns $53,549 a year, almost exactly the amount a typical American household earns annually. A similar share of the population is also struggling financially. In Charlotte, 15.2% of the population lives below the poverty line, only a fraction of a percentage point less than the national poverty rate. The job market in Charlotte is also directly in line with that of the nation. Both the metro area’s and the nation’s unemployment rates are 4.7%.

2. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

Indiana has greater representation on this list of the most American cities than any state, and ranking as the second most American city on the list is Indianapolis. The city is known for its love of car racing and is home to the iconic Indianapolis 500 race. Indianapolis is similar to the nation as a whole in a number of social and economic measures, including college attainment, homeownership, health insurance coverage, and poverty rates. The typical household earns $52,268 annually, only slightly less than a national median income of $53,657.

1. Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN

By a number of social and economic measures, no city resembles the country more closely than the Nashville-Davidson metro area. Though the area is slightly whiter than the country as whole in its demographic composition, and incomes are slightly lower, the workforce composition closely matches that of the country. The share of the Nashville workforce employed in nearly every major industry is only a fraction of a percentage point away from the corresponding national shares.

Property in the Nashville area is roughly as valuable as it is on average across the country as a whole. The typical area home is worth about $177,600, only about $3,600 less than the typical American home.

Sponsored: Find a Qualified Financial Advisor

Finding a qualified financial advisor doesn’t have to be hard. SmartAsset’s free tool matches you with up to 3 fiduciary financial advisors in your area in 5 minutes. Each advisor has been vetted by SmartAsset and is held to a fiduciary standard to act in your best interests. If you’re ready to be matched with local advisors that can help you achieve your financial goals, get started now.