Largest City in Area in the United States

Yakutat Replaced Sitka, Which Replaced Juneau

Yakutat, Alaska
Yakutat, Alaska. Pexels

While New York City is the most populous city in the United States, Yakutat, Alaska is the largest city in area. Yakutat includes a whopping 9,459.28 square miles of area, comprised of 1,808.82 square miles of water area and 7,650.46 square miles of land area The city is larger than the state of New Hampshire (the country's 46th largest state). Officially known as the "City and Borough of Yakutat," the city consolidated the City of Yakutat Borough in 1992 to be the country's largest city.

Yakutat displaced Sitka, Alaska, which displaced Juneau, Alaska as the largest city. Sitka is 2874 square miles and Juneau is 2717 square miles (Sitka was the earliest large city, having been formed through incorporation of the borough and city in 1970).

Yakutat is a perfect example of an "overbounded" city, which refers to a city that has boundaries that extend far beyond its developed area (certainly the glaciers and ice fields in the city won't be developed soon.)

Jacksonville, Florida is the largest city in area in the contiguous 48 states at 758 square miles. Jacksonville includes all of Duval County, Florida with the exception of the beach communities (Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach) and Baldwin.