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Most impressive skylines in America by the numbers

  • Most impressive skylines in America by the numbers

    The world’s first skyscraper was erected in 1885. An iron skeleton towering over traditional masonry, the building stood 10 stories tall in downtown Chicago and shattered the belief that tall buildings, previously made entirely from stone, would have to get thicker and heavier to support their own weight. Although that first skyscraper no longer stands, its legacy lives on.

    Today, skyscrapers are a commonplace sight in bustling cities. Technological improvements in building techniques have raised the threshold of stories from 10 to at least 40, casting a 100-foot shadow over skyscrapers of the 19th century. Skyscrapers are a symbol of status and wealth, as well as an efficient way to house large offices or provide living space to highly populated places.

    To find the U.S. cities with the best skylines, Stacker looked at data from The Skyscraper Center and found the number of buildings in each city that stood at or above 150 meters (just under a tenth of a mile). Cities were then ranked by that number. The height of those buildings was also summed, and in the case of a tie, the city with the greater cumulative height won.

  • #35. Austin, TX

    Skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 3

    Total height of skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 453 meters

    Austin is one of the few cities in America that manages to mix good barbecue with artistic trends and natural beauty. A unique blend of country and hipster, it’s fitting that Austin is on the tail end of a list like this, as the sights of the city lie in grottos and underground music venues, not downtown.

  • #34. Baltimore, MD

    Skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 3

    Total height of skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 453 meters

    If Baltimore could speak, it would say it’s proud not to be too high on this list. Although an incredible city, Baltimore, which ranks alongside Austin, Texas, retains distinctly small-town vibes: passers by are friendlier than in most cities, and residents are fiercely proud of their city’s history.

     

  • #33. Cincinnati, OH

    Skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 3

    Total height of skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 479 meters

    There are many things you should learn about Cincinnati, but there’s only one you need to know: baseball is a religion. It may seem like that’s the case with many cities, but Cincinnatians feel that as the proud owners of the first professional baseball team in American history, they deserve to take their fandom to the next level.

  • #32. Fort Worth, TX

    Skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 3

    Total height of skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 489 meters

    As the fifth-largest city in Texas, Fort Worth is no small place to live, but any resident will tell you it has the Southern hospitality of a town a tenth its size. Home to universities such as Texas Christian University and Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth is also known for its world-class museums.

  • #31. Hartford, CT

    Skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 3

    Total height of skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 490 meters

    Mark Twain once wrote about Hartford, “of all the beautiful towns it has been my fortune to see, this is the chief.” Today, as Connecticut’s capital, Hartford is the headquarters for many insurance giants like Aetna.

  • #30. Indianapolis, IN

    Skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 3

    Total height of skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 500 meters

    The skyline may be something to see, but good luck getting downtown on the day of the Indy 500. Home to the world’s largest single-day sporting event, Indianapolis is also a good city for history buffs: according to the Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis is second in the nation only to Washington, D.C. in the number of monuments dedicated to veterans and people killed in wars.

  • #29. Milwaukee, WI

    Skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 3

    Total height of skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 525 meters

    One thing that makes Milwaukee so unique is its Scandinavian influence. Large waves of German immigrants towards the end of the 19th century had a lasting impact on Milwaukee, which to this day holds annual celebrations such as Oktoberfest to honor its cultural influences.

  • #28. Oklahoma City, OK

    Skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 3

    Total height of skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 680 meters

    Cattle, oil, tornadoes and an 11-day-long state fair are just some of the things to expect when traveling to Oklahoma City. The city’s cultural attractions grow each year, but a good steak is still likely to win out over a trip to the museum any day.

  • #27. San Diego, CA

    Skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 3

    Total height of skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 717 meters

    Sunny almost every day of the year, San Diego is a city for cycling, surfing, hiking, great fish tacos and occasional frustration over sports teams. San Diego may be a paradise for anyone comfortable fitting the word “dude” into every sentence.

  • #26. St. Louis, MO

    Skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 3

    Total height of skyscrapers taller than 150 meters: 903 meters

    Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, St. Louis developed as a major port city in the 1800s. Major corporations such as Boeing Defense and Panera Bread are headquartered there today, making a lasting imprint on the city’s power as a trading force.

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