The United States is the birthplace of skyscrapers, in last century, the majority of world's skyscrapers were located within the United States. After recent years' global skyscraper construction boom, the number of skyscrapers in the country has been exceeded by some Asian countries like United Arab Emirates or China, but the US is still one of a few countries in this world that possesses the most skyscrapers. As of 2017, the US has more than 180 skyscrapers built that stand over 200m(656 ft, 200m is a typical minimum height of skyscraper), and about 750 buildings beyond 150m(492 ft, another most used threshold to define skyscraper). For supertall skyscrapers, as of March 2018 the United States has 21 supertalls completed, and there are many other supertalls under construction or planned across the nation.
Below is the list of 15 tallest buildings in United States that have completed or topped out.
The buildings are ranked from the tallest to shortest by standard height or structural height, which means the height of spire will also be counted but the antenna is not eligible to be counted into the height. For those who prefer the measurement of roof height, skip to the bottom to see the rank by roof height.
As there are many more buildings with similar heights are being built, the content below will get updated time to time, updates occur on an irregular basis, usually when a new skyscraper tops out at its full height or the status changed.
The last updating was done by March 10, 2018, please note the content below is all based on that time.
One World Trade Center
Standard height: 1776 ft / 541m
Floors count: 104
Year built: 2014
Observation Deck: 1266 ft / 386m
Uses: Office, Observation, Restaurant
City: New York City
One World Trade Center is the tallest building in America by standard height or structural height, if judged by roof height, it's only ranked the 3rd, after Willis Tower and 432 Park Ave, and more skyscraper projects ongoing in New York City will surpass it, but its structural height of representative 1776 ft will be the tallest for quite long time as currently still no a proposal for a taller building.
One World Trade Center opened its observation deck in 2015, since then New York City has a total of three building-based observation decks.
Standard height: 1451 ft / 442m
Floors count: 108
Year built: 1974
Observation Deck: 1352 ft / 412m
Uses: Office, Observation
The Willis Tower was formerly named Sears Tower, it was the World's tallest building during 1974 to 1998, and the tallest building in United States from 1974 to 2014. If judged by roof height, it is still the tallest in America.
432 Park Ave
Standard height: 1396 ft / 426m
Floors count: 96
Year built: 2016
City: New York City
By roof height 432 Park Ave is the tallest building in New York City, it is also the tallest residential building and the thinnest skyscraper building in the world.
Trump International Hotel and Tower
Standard height: 1389 ft / 423m Floors count: 98
Year built: 2009 Uses: Residential, Hotel City: Chicago
Empire State Building
Standard height: 1250 ft / 381m
Floors count: 103
Year built: 1931
Uses: Office, Observation, Broadcasting
City: New York City
The building is the tallest building in the world during 1931 to 1972, and tallest in New York since 1931 to 1972 and 2001 to 2013. Although Empire State Building is no longer the tallest building of the world and had dropped out of the top 30 tallest, it is always the most famous skyscraper for its iconic shape and the fact of that it held the crown of world's tallest building for the longest time.
The observation deck on the 86th floor of the building is the second most visited tourist attraction in New York City, drawing 3.5 million visitors a year, this number only after the Times Square.
Bank of America Tower
Standard height: 1200 ft / 366m Floors count: 55
Year built: 2009 Uses: Office City: New York City
Standard height: 1136 ft / 346m Floors count: 83
Year built: 1973 Uses: Office City: Chicago
John Hancock Center
Standard height: 1128 ft / 344m Floors count: 100
Year built: 1969 Uses: Office, Observation, Residential City: Chicago
Comcast Innovation & Technology Center
Standard height: 1121 ft / 342m Floors count: 59
Estimated Year built: 2018 Uses: Office, Hotel City: Philadelphia
Wilshire Grand Tower
Standard height: 1100 ft / 335m
Floors count: 73
Year built: 2017
Uses: Office, Hotel, Observation
City: Los Angeles
Opened on June 23 2017, Wilshire Grand Tower is the new tallest building of Los Angeles. The tower features a unique top which cannot be found on other highrise buildings in Los Angeles since before this tower all the other highrise buildings were forced to be designed with flat roof. However for the same reason this tower is not a solid supertall, its roof is significantly shorter than US Bank Tower, this can be clearly seen from the Observatory on US Bank Tower.
Standard height: 1070 ft / 326m
Floors count: 60
Year Built: 2018
City: San Francisco
Salesforce Tower is San Francisco's first supertall skyscraper, and it's also the tallest building west of Mississippi in America by roof height.
Three World Trade Center
Standard height: 1073 ft / 327m Floors count: 80
Topped out year: 2017 Estimated Year built: 2018 Uses: Office City: New York City
Standard height: 1046 ft / 319m Floors count: 77
Year built: 1930 Uses: Office City: New York City
Chrysler Building is one of the most recognizable landmarks of New York City, it was built in 1930, less than one year before the completion of Empire State Building, it held the crown of world's tallest building for only a few months.
New York Times Tower
Standard height: 1046 ft / 319m Floors count: 52
Year built: 2007 Uses: Office City: New York City
Although this building is regarded as a 1046-foot tall supertall, its roof is only at 745 feet or 227m tall, which makes it not appear like a supertall at all.
Bank of America Plaza
Standard height: 1040 ft / 318m Floors count: 55
Year built: 1992 Uses: Office City: Atlanta
US Bank Tower
Standard height: 1018 ft / 310m
Floors count: 73
Year built: 1989
Uses: Office, Restaurant, Observation
City: Los Angeles
US Bank Tower held the title of tallest building west of Mississippi in United States for 28 years, until the completion of the Wilshire Grand Tower, which surpassed it by a spire installed on the peak of the building. US Bank Tower is still the tallest building in Los Angeles by roof.
Below is the list of tallest buildings in United States ranked by roof height:
|Name of the Building||Roof Height (ft/m)||City|
|432 Park Ave||1396/426||New York City|
|One World Trade Center||1368/417||New York City|
|Trump International Hotel and Tower||1171/356||Chicago|
|Empire State Building||1250/381||New York City|
|John Hancock Center||1128/344||Chicago|
|Salesforce Tower||1070/326||San Francisco|
|Three World Trade Center||1073/327||New York City|
|Comcast Innovation & Technology Center||1030/314||Philadelphia|
|US Bank Tower||1018/310||Los Angeles|
|One 57||1005/306||New York City|
|600 Travis Street||1002/305||Houston|
|Wells Fargo Plaza||992/302||Houston|
|Four World Trade Center||977/298||New York City|
|311 South Wacker||961/293||Chicago|
|220 Central Park South||952/290||New York City|
|Bank of America Tower||945/288||New York City|
|30 Park Place||937/286||New York City|
|Wilshire Grand Tower||934/285||Los Angeles|
|Bank of America Plaza||933/284||Atlanta|
|Chrysler Building||925/282||New York City|
|Bank of America Plaza||921/280||Dallas|