10 Oldest Cities in the United States

The United States was "born" on July 4, 1776, although the nation's oldest cities were founded much before that day.

St. Augustine, Florida (1565)

On Sept. 8, 1565, 11 days after Pedro Menéndez de Avilés landed on the feast day of St. Augustine, St. Augustine was founded.

Jamestown, Virginia (1607)

Jamestown, the second-oldest U.S. city, was the first permanent English settlement in North America.

Santa Fe, New Mexico (1607)

Santa Fe is the oldest state capital in the United States as well as the oldest city in New Mexico.

Hampton, Virginia (1610)

Point Comfort, an English outpost created by the same people as Jamestown, became Hampton, Virginia.

Kecoughtan, Virginia (1610)

Jamestown's founders met the Kikotan People near Kecoughtan, Virginia.

Newport News, Virginia (1613)

Newport News, like its adjacent city of Hampton, was founded by the English.

Albany, New York (1614)

Albany is New York's capitol and oldest city. Dutch merchants constructed Fort Nassau on the Hudson River in 1614.

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