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List of mayors of the 50 largest cities in the United States

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This is a list of mayors of the 50 largest cities in the United States. The cities are ordered by population, as of July 1, 2017, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau.[1] These 50 cities have a combined population of 49.6 million, or 15% of the national population.

Note that in some states, mayors are officially elected on a non-partisan basis; however, their party affiliation or preference is generally known, and where it is known it is shown in the list below.

The breakdown of mayoral political parties is 36 Democrats, 13 Republicans, and 2 Independents (both elected with state Democratic support).

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Hi I’m John Green. Welcome to my salon. Hey there, fake fireplace. This is Mental Floss on YouTube. Did you know that Montgomery, Alabama has a minor league baseball team named the Montgomery Biscuits? And their mascot IS a biscuit. His name is Monty. And that’s the first of 50 facts about the 50 state capitals in the United States that I’m going to share with you today. At 3,255 square miles, Juneau, Alaska is the largest capital city. It’s larger than the entire state of Delaware. It’s also the second-largest city in the entire United States, second only to Sitka, Alaska. Arizona’s capital, Phoenix, was originally named “Pumpkinville” in the late 1800s. And there weren’t even pumpkin growers there, just melons that kind of looked like pumpkins. Helena, Montana also considered the name “Pumpkinville” as well as “Squashtown.” THAT’S RIGHT. Two state capitals were almost named “Pumpkinville.” Little Rock, Arkansas is home to the longest bridge in North America built exclusively for pedestrians. Before it was built in 2006, a local county judge said, “We’re going to build that dam bridge,” apparently referring to the dam that the bridge goes over, not to the offensive word. Anyway, the bridge is now most commonly known as the “Big Dam Bridge.” Before he became famous, Mark Twain worked for a California newspaper, The Sacramento Union. In 1866, he traveled to Hawaii and sent the newspaper letters to publish. The U.S. city that brews the most beer: Denver, Colorado. In 1902, Theodore Roosevelt became the first president to publicly ride in an automobile[a] when he was driven through Hartford, Connecticut. Dover, Delaware was founded by William Penn (also known as not-the-guy-on-your-Quaker-oats-box). He named it after a city in Kent, England. You know, like they did with all the early American cities. In the 1500s, the first North American Christmas celebration took place in De Soto, which today is known as Tallahassee, Florida. According to the New York Times, Atlanta, Georgia is hip hop’s “center of gravity.” Many artists got their start there including Ludacris who once DJed for a local radio station under the stage name “Chris Lova Lova.” (think anyone would make the walking dead connection?)[b] The only royal palace in the United States can be found in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was used by Hawaiian monarchs from 1879 until the overthrow of the monarchy occurred in 1893. There is a to-scale replica of the Liberty Bell in front of the Boise, Idaho capitol building. The only difference? The one in Boise doesn’t have a crack. Because crack is wack. Meredith... you’re better than that. In 1921, the Maid Rite Sandwich Shop in Springfield, Illinois opened the first ever drive-thru in America. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to my beloved Indy 500, takes up 253 acres. That means that Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl, the Roman Colosseum, and Vatican City could all fit inside of it. “Des Moines,” the capital of Iowa, is French for “of the monks.” In what I’m sure is one of America’s greatest regrets, Des Moines was almost named Fort Raccoon. In 2010, the mayor of Topeka, Kansas wanted Google to install their fiber optic broadband Internet in the city and to get the company’s attention, Mayor Bill Bunten announced the city would unofficially change its name to “Google” for a month. Google responded on April Fool’s Day by announcing that they would change their name to “Topeka.” Edgar Allen Poe’s only play, Politian, was inspired by a real-life murder and even though the play takes place during the 16th century in Rome, the actual murder it’s based on occurred in 1825 in Frankfort, Kentucky. Here, I made a list of things Frankfort, Kentucky and Rome have in common. In 1988, Baton Rouge, Louisiana saw the infamous “Earthquake Game” at Louisiana State University’s football stadium. A last-second touchdown caused the crowd to cheer so loudly that it registered as an earthquake on a local seismograph. America’s oldest wooden fort can be found in Augusta[c], Maine. Old Fort Western was built in 1754 and was later used by Benedict Arnold before his invasion of Canada. This was back in the old days when central Maine was “the West.” Annapolis isn’t just a James Franco movie that no one saw. It’s also the capital of Maryland and home to the largest crab feast in the world. Each year, people eat over 300 bushels of crab and over 3,000 ears of corn at the Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast. In 1919, Boston, Massachusetts flooded...with molasses. A 50-foot tall tank of molasses broke and around 2.3 million gallons of molasses destroyed surrounding streets. 21 people died. Lansing only became the capital of Michigan because so many other cities wanted to be capital. The Michigan House of Representatives was forced to choose Lansing to end the political turmoil that determining a capital had become. The decision was shocking because Lansing was much less populated than the other cities that wanted to be capital, like Ann Arbor and Marshall and Jackson. In the 1800s, Saint Paul, Minnesota was called “Pig’s Eye Landing,” named after a local tavern owner. Wait, “Pig’s Eye Landing?” Pigs? Time to put a quarter in the staff Pork Chop Party Fund. Cha-ching! It’s believed that the song “Jackson” popularized by Johnny Cash and June Carter is about the capital of Mississippi. In the 1960s, that area of the state was known for wild partying and illegal gambling. The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City has had some tough luck. In 1837, the first one burned down about ten years after it was built. Then, the second one was struck by lightning in 1911 and burned to the ground. That’s bad news for Jefferson City, but great news for Marty McFly and Doc Brown. Dick Cheney, Hilary Swank, and Johnny Carson have in common very little except that they all lived in Lincoln, Nebraska at some point or another. On the other hand, Abraham Lincoln, for whom the city was named, never lived there. If you never want to visit Carson City, Nevada, just watch the films that were partially shot there like Misery, An Innocent Man, or John Wayne’s last movie, The Shootist. On the other hand, zero percent of the 1952 western Carson City was filmed there. In 2011, Michele Bachmann made a speech in New Hampshire in which she said, “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord.” She didn’t realize that the capital of New Hampshire, Concord, was NOT the Massachusetts city where the Revolutionary War started. When William Taft was elected president, a company in Trenton, New Jersey was commissioned to custom-make a large bathtub for him. It held fifty gallons and weighed 600 pounds. Of course, Taft would later get stuck in a White House bathtub, but there’s no record that it was that bathtub. Mission San Miguel is the oldest church in the United States. It was built in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 1600s. Meanwhile, Albany, New York’s great claim to fame is that perforated toilet paper was invented there. At Pullen Park in Raleigh, North Carolina, there’s a bronze statue of Andy and Opie from “The Andy Griffith Show.” You know, it was like this one, except it was bigger and it didn’t feature Ron Swanson. Anyway, in 2004, the plaque was stolen. It read, “The Andy Griffith Show. A simpler time, a sweeter place, a lesson, a laugh, a father and a son.” In 2007, almost 9,000 people gathered in Bismarck, North Dakota to set the world record for most snow angels in one place. In 1964, Jerrie Mock became the first woman to fly around the world alone. The trip started and ended in Columbus, Ohio. It took her 29 days. There’s a pre-World War II banjo living at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, that is worth over $175,000. More like banj-WOAH. Meredith. I expect better. Waldo Park, one of the smallest parks in the world, can be found in Salem, Oregon. FINALLY we have answered the question: Where’s Waldo...park? It’s in Oregon. It’s 12 feet by 20 feet and contains a single tree, which was planted in 1872. In 1906, Teddy Roosevelt visited the capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and said, “It’s the handsomest building I ever saw.” The world’s largest termite is a statue in Providence, Rhode Island. At 58-feet long, it’s 920 times larger than a real termite. Hootie & the Blowfish was formed at the University of South Carolina in its capital city of Columbia. In a scene straight out of Pitch Perfect, Mark Bryan overheard Darius Rucker singing in the dorm showers and the rest is history. Pierre, South Dakota is named after fur trader Pierre Chouteau Jr. whose family was responsible for goods that early Americans couldn’t live beaver hats. Both Trisha Yearwood and Kathy Mattea worked as tour guides at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee before they became famous country singers themselves. The unofficial slogan of Austin, Texas is “Keep Austin Weird.” They have to keep it unofficial because if that were an official slogan, it wouldn’t be weird enough. The phrase was invented by a local community college librarian who resented “Austin’s descent into rampant commercialism.” Now, a bunch of businesses capitalize on the idea by selling products featuring the motto. In 2007, Forbes named Salt Lake City, Utah “America’s vainest city”, claiming they have six plastic surgeons to every 100,000 people and spend millions more on beauty products than citizens of similarly sized cities. That was a lot of sszzss. Every Valentine’s Day, an unknown “Valentine Phantom” decorates Montpelier, Vermont with huge red hearts - everywhere from stores to schools to the capitol building are surprised with these red hearts. And when same-sex marriage was legalized in September of 2009, the bandit struck again, this time with rainbow hearts. Patrick Henry made his famous “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech at a church in Richmond, Virginia. Then they gave him death. Olympia, Washington USED to be home of Olympia Beer, but now it’s owned by Pabst Brewing Company because, you know, everything’s a sellout. Every Valentine’s Day, the “Grumble Run” is hosted in Charleston, West Virginia. It’s a 5k “race” that usually lasts a long time because participants stop often to eat, to smoke, and just in general to grumble. A local Madison, Wisconsin rock band, The Gomers, is so popular that two mayors have named February 1st into “Gomer Day.” Mayor Susan Bauman’s proclamation[d] mentions multiple compelling reasons including that “the Gomers are really good recyclers.” And finally I return to my salon to tell you that the world’s largest outdoor rodeo is Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming. Thanks for watching Mental Floss here on YouTube, which is made with the help of all these nice people. Every week we endeavor to answer one of your mind-blowing questions. This week’s question comes from Colt S. who asks, “How many seconds are in a year?” The answer, Colt, is 31,536,000 seconds, although leap years have 31,622,400 seconds. Thank you again for watching. [a]Cool picture: [b]totally [c]I know someone who can get me a pic of maine, so don't worry about this one [d]


Name Picture Party City State Population
(July 1, 2017 est.)
Took office Government structure Past officeholders
Bill de Blasio
Bill de Blasio by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Democratic New York City New York 8,622,698 January 1, 2014 Mayor–council List
Eric Garcetti
Eric Garcetti in Suit and Tie (1).jpg
Democratic Los Angeles California 3,999,759 July 1, 2013 Mayor–council List
Lori Lightfoot
Lori Lightfoot (2).png
Democratic Chicago Illinois 2,716,450 May 20, 2019 Mayor–council List
Sylvester Turner
Mayor Sylvester Turner.jpg
Democratic Houston Texas 2,312,717 January 2, 2016 Mayor–council List
Kate Gallego
Kate Gallego by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Democratic Phoenix Arizona 1,626,078 March 21, 2019 Council–manager List
Jim Kenney
Mayor Jim Kenney (cropped).jpg
Democratic Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1,580,863 January 4, 2016 Mayor–council List
Ron Nirenberg
Ron Nirenberg.jpg
Independent San Antonio Texas 1,511,946 June 21, 2017 Council–manager List
Kevin Faulconer
Kevin Faulconer Portrait (1).jpg
Republican San Diego California 1,419,516 March 3, 2014 Mayor–council List
Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson 2018.jpg
Democratic Dallas Texas 1,341,075 June 17, 2019 Council–manager List
Sam Liccardo
Facebook F8 2017 San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo (profile cropped) (cropped).jpg
Democratic San Jose California 1,035,317 January 1, 2015 Council–manager List
Steve Adler
Steve Adler.jpg
Democratic Austin Texas 950,715 January 6, 2015 Council–manager List
Lenny Curry
Republican Jacksonville Florida 892,062 July 1, 2015 Mayor–council List
London Breed
Mayor Breed.png
Democratic San Francisco California 884,363 July 11, 2018 Mayor–council List
Andrew Ginther
Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther 31 Dec 2015 (1).jpg
Democratic Columbus Ohio 879,170 January 1, 2016 Mayor–council List
Betsy Price
Betsy Price (1).jpg
Republican Fort Worth Texas 874,168 July 12, 2011 Council–manager List
Joe Hogsett
Democratic Indianapolis Indiana 863,002 January 1, 2016 Mayor–council List
Vi Lyles
Vi Lyles meet the mayor (cropped).jpg
Democratic Charlotte North Carolina 859,035 December 4, 2017 Council–manager List
Jenny Durkan
Mayor Jenny A. Durkan Headshot.jpg
Democratic Seattle Washington 724,745 November 28, 2017 Mayor–council List
Michael Hancock
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock - 2012-08-15 (portrait crop).jpg
Democratic Denver Colorado 704,621 July 18, 2011 Mayor–council List
Muriel Bowser
Muriel Bowser 2 cropped.jpg
Democratic Washington District of Columbia 693,972 January 2, 2015 Mayor–council List
Marty Walsh
Marty Walsh.jpg
Democratic Boston Massachusetts 685,094 January 6, 2014 Mayor–council List
Dee Margo
Dee Margo by Shealah Craighead.jpg
Republican El Paso Texas 683,587 June 26, 2017 Council–manager List
Mike Duggan
Mike Duggan 2013 (cropped).jpg
Democratic Detroit Michigan 673,104 January 1, 2014 Mayor–council List
John Cooper
No image.svg
Democratic Nashville Tennessee 667,560 September 28, 2019 Mayor–council List
Jim Strickland
Mayor of Memphis Jim Strickland.jpg
Democratic Memphis Tennessee 652,236 January 1, 2016 Mayor–council List
Ted Wheeler
Ted Wheeler portrait.jpg
Democratic Portland Oregon 647,805 January 1, 2017 Commission List
David Holt
Senator David Holt at Bethany, OK Parade July 4 2011 (cropped).jpg
Republican Oklahoma City Oklahoma 643,648 April 10, 2018 Council–manager List
Carolyn Goodman
Carolyn Goodman (1).jpg
Independent Las Vegas Nevada 641,676 July 6, 2011 Council–manager List
Greg Fischer
Democratic Louisville Kentucky 621,349 January 3, 2011 Mayor–council List
Jack Young
Bernard C. "Jack" Young (2007).jpg
Democratic Baltimore Maryland 611,648 April 2, 2019 Mayor–council List
Tom Barrett
Tom Barrett (politician) (1).jpg
Democratic Milwaukee Wisconsin 595,351 April 15, 2004 Mayor–council List
Tim Keller
Timothy M Keller.jpg
Democratic Albuquerque New Mexico 558,545 December 1, 2017 Council–manager List
Regina Romero
No image.svg
Democratic Tucson Arizona 535,611 December 2, 2019 Council–manager List
Lee Brand
No image.svg
Republican Fresno California 527,438 January 3, 2017 Mayor–council List
Darrell Steinberg
Darrell Steinberg 2014 CADEM Convention.jpg
Democratic Sacramento California 501,901 December 13, 2016 Council–manager List
John Giles
No image.svg
Republican Mesa Arizona 496,401 September 18, 2014 Council–manager List
Quinton Lucas
No image.svg
Democratic Kansas City Missouri 488,943 August 1, 2019 Council–manager List
Keisha Lance Bottoms
Keisha Lance Bottoms (cropped).jpg
Democratic Atlanta Georgia 486,290 January 2, 2018 Mayor–council List
Robert Garcia
RG Headshot (1).jpeg
Democratic Long Beach California 469,450 July 15, 2014 Council–manager List
Jean Stothert
Jean Stothert Nov 2013.JPG
Republican Omaha Nebraska 466,893 June 10, 2013 Mayor–council List
Mary-Ann Baldwin
No image.svg
Democratic Raleigh North Carolina 464,758 December 2, 2019 Council–manager List
John Suthers
JohnWSuthers crop.jpg
Republican Colorado Springs Colorado 464,474 June 2, 2015 Mayor–council
Francis X. Suarez
Francis Suarez.png
Republican Miami Florida 463,347 November 15, 2017 Mayor–council List
Bobby Dyer
No image.svg
Republican Virginia Beach Virginia 450,435 November 20, 2018 Council–manager List
Libby Schaaf
Oakland City Council member Libby Schaaf commemorating the centennial of women gaining the right to vote in California.jpg
Democratic Oakland California 425,195 January 5, 2015 Mayor–council List
Jacob Frey
Jacob Frey at Nicollet Mall reopening 2017-11-16 - 1.jpg
Democratic Minneapolis Minnesota 422,331 January 2, 2018 Mayor–council List
G. T. Bynum
GT Bynum.jpg
Republican Tulsa Oklahoma 401,800 December 5, 2016 Mayor–council List
Jeff Williams
No image.svg
Republican Arlington Texas 396,394 May 26, 2015 Council–manager List
LaToya Cantrell
LaToya Cantrell (cropped).jpg
Democratic New Orleans Louisiana 393,292 May 7, 2018 Mayor–council List
Brandon Whipple
Brandon Whipple speaking (1).jpg
Democratic Wichita Kansas 390,591 January 13, 2020 Council–manager List

See also


  1. ^ "American FactFinder – Results". United States Census Bureau, Population Division. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
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