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The U.S. has lots of cities with less than 100,000 inhabitants. Mine is about 90,000, there are plenty others nearby with 50,000, and even less.
In many places the definition of “city” is based on form of municipal government and not size. In Massachusetts and elsewhere in New England, for example, what some might call a “city” is either a “city” or a “town”, and it depends on whether there is a unitary executive for the city/town or not.
Elsewhere, like where I live now, there is just “city” which means “a delineated area that has it’s own elected municipal government” regardless of how that government is structured. Although there are different types of “city” — charter city, code city, etc.