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# Biggest Metro Areas in the USA

Name the cities in the United States with the biggest metropolitan population. When you guess the city, it will appear on the map.
• Based on 2016 population estimates
• These are MSAs. Some are part of larger CSAs. Not to be confused with city proper population
• Quiz by Quizmaster - Mar 28, 2017
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 Population City 20,153,634 13,310,447 9,512,999 7,233,323 6,772,470 6,131,977 6,070,500 6,066,387 5,789,700 4,794,447 4,679,166 4,661,537 4,527,837 4,297,617 3,798,902 3,551,036 3,317,749 3,032,171 2,853,077 2,807,002 2,798,886 2,474,314 2,441,257 2,429,609 2,424,955 2,342,299 2,296,418 2,165,139 2,157,729 San Juan 2,155,664 2,104,509 2,056,405 2,055,612 2,041,520
 Population City 2,004,230 1,978,816 1,865,298 1,726,907 1,614,750 1,572,482 1,478,212 1,373,211 1,342,842 1,302,946 1,283,430 1,281,708 1,268,883 1,206,836 1,186,187 1,147,417 1,132,804 1,078,879 1,047,099 1,016,206 992,605 987,201 979,915 944,177 935,781 924,129 909,906 884,975 884,788 881,839 868,546 856,875 849,843 849,738
 Population City 841,971 835,652 835,175 817,488 800,683 788,457 761,155 756,139 734,622 733,709 722,336 712,327 702,221 691,423 666,149 662,079 656,510 654,417 648,929 644,672 637,674 634,725 630,283 605,221 603,309 594,919 579,229 579,130 568,033 559,535 556,634 555,225 551,632
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% Correct
(51)
Any chance Daytona could be accepted for Daytona Beach? When Daytona wasn't accepted I gave up on it...
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Jul 17, 2013
(44)
I did the same
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Aug 8, 2013
(69)
I got Daytona Beach but only because I remembered reading this comment from months ago. It really ought to accept both.
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Mar 2, 2014
(65)
Yep, same here - I was surprised when Daytona didn't work and there it was after the timer expired
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Sep 26, 2014
Daytona will work now.
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Jul 14, 2015
(46)
Only reason I got Scranton was because I went to a conference there a few years ago. Good quiz!
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Aug 6, 2013
(47)
THE OFFICE THOUGH
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May 19, 2016
(21)
being from the west coast never helps me with these kinds of quizzes!
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Aug 10, 2013
(29)
IKR
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May 20, 2017
(10)
Whoa, this was totally a "name every city I can think of in America" kind of quiz! Phew! Well done.
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Aug 11, 2013
(29)
Spelling. I can't spell anything.
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Sep 24, 2013
(20)
Honolulu? How bout San Juan in puerto Rico?
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Mar 2, 2014
(45)
Hawaii is a state, Puerto Rico isn't
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Nov 14, 2014
(38)
And?
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Jun 8, 2017
(16)
Anchorage AK has around 700,000
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Mar 7, 2014
Quick, someone call the census and tell them they've made a mistake!
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Mar 7, 2014
(15)
Alaska has 736, 732 people. I doubt that 99.9% of Alaskans live in Anchorage
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May 26, 2015
(77)
Well, 700,000 / 736,732 is only 95%, so that's totally plausible.
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Jul 20, 2015
(44)
It happens to have 400,000. And that's the metro population.
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Jul 26, 2016
(24)
Anchorage only has 380,000 in the Metro area, Alaska only gas 735,000 in the whole state
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Apr 21, 2014
(58)
Surprised that San Jose is a separate MSA from San Francisco.
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May 17, 2014
(43)
There's a disadvantage to typing so fast: Sometimes it just doesn't register it and you end up hitting control backspace before it can.
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May 30, 2014
(77)
Poor you. LOL
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Jun 4, 2014
(44)
I thought maybe Brownsville. No. At least Laredo, right? No. So I didn't even bother with McAllen. I guess McAllen's where it's at.
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Aug 8, 2014
(46)
+1
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Oct 14, 2016
(43)
98/100 by naming literally every city I could think of, didn't expect to get over half. Missed a really obvious one though; Madison.
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Aug 28, 2014
(53)
I guessed Chattanooga because I live in Tennessee and I was just brainstorming, not because I thought it would be in the list. I travel there all the time and I can't believe its metro has over half a million people. I would think half that at most. I am going to have to find out what they define as the metro area. Must stretch all the way into some extreme northern Atlanta suburbs :P
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Sep 20, 2014
(71)
It certainly has enough stop and start traffic jams to be a major metro area. Forget trying to get through there after 3 pm if you're in a hurry.
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May 14, 2017
(40)
Lakeland in what state?
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Nov 10, 2014
(36)
How many other Non-Americans only guessed Springfield because of the Simpsons?
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Dec 17, 2014
(42)
Me
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Sep 14, 2015
(47)
There is a Springfield in literally every midwestern state
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Oct 14, 2016
(70)
According to Wikipedia, there's at least one Springfield location in 30 different states.

There are also places named Springfield in Australia, Belize, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, and even the US Virgin Islands.
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May 14, 2017
(51)
Got 51 and I'm from Argentina, 17 years old, never been in the USA. I missed (that I already knew) Columbus, Columbia, Knoxville, Albany, Augusta, Milwaukee, Wichita, Honolulu Buffalo, New Orleans and Louisville.
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Dec 18, 2014
(71)
You probably did better than a lot of us from the US. Good for you.
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Sep 12, 2015
(65)
Detroit? 4 million? Not even close. 4 million back in the day maybe. But not 2012 when it wasn't even a million.
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Dec 20, 2014
Metro area is not city proper.
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Dec 20, 2014
(44)
The metro area has that many.
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Jul 26, 2016
(51)
Only 21 of 100? Quite difficult for someone from Europe..
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Dec 27, 2014
(22)
Lakeland?! it has like 60, 000 people.
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Jan 23, 2015
(72)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polk_County,_Florida Yes, that's quite artificial...
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Jul 21, 2015
(59)
56/100. I can live with that.
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Jan 30, 2015
(61)
Sorry for my English, but I cant imagine somebody having 100% without any external help...
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Mar 25, 2015
(13)
that would be quite hard
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May 15, 2015
(72)
Of course it's possible. Maybe not on first take, but you can try those quizzes as many times as you want (which is a good way to learning things).
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Jul 21, 2015
(38)
I suggest accepting Inland Empire for San Bernardino. Otherwise, a good quiz.
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May 21, 2015
(38)
I'm surprised at how many people got Ogden and Provo. If you're not from Utah or know someone from there, I don't know how anyone would know either of those two.
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Aug 25, 2015
(31)
Really? I was surprised at how FEW people got Provo. (I understand missing Ogden.) I'm not from Utah, nor have I ever been. But I think/thought Provo was a pretty widely-known city. I mean, a lot of people are familiar with BYU, which is in Provo.
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Sep 12, 2015
(71)
I would never have gotten either of them if my daughter didn't live in SLC.
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Sep 12, 2015
(46)
I thought of both Provo and Ogden -- and dismissed them thinking they were in the SLC metro.
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Oct 14, 2016
(68)
isn't raliegh and durham part of the same metro area?
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Sep 12, 2015
(58)
I was surprised to see that, too, since it's called the Raleigh-Durham metro area and has the population listed for Raleigh on this quiz.
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Sep 12, 2015
(75)
I'm from Raleigh. It used to be the same metro area until a few years ago and then Durham's leaders complained that everyone lumped Durham in with Raleigh, so they petitioned to have their own separate metro area.
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Oct 6, 2015
(55)
A Texan missing El Paso...*sigh
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Sep 12, 2015
(32)
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Sep 12, 2015
(55)
I assumed that San Jose would be part of San Francisco's metropolitan area. I live halfway between the two cities.
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Sep 12, 2015
(66)
I have lived in Rhode Island and there are barely over 1 million people in the entire state. How can Providence have a population of 1.6 million?
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Sep 15, 2015
(44)
The metro area extends into Massachusetts. The metro population of Providence exceeds that of Rhode Island. It's a little funny really.
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Jul 26, 2016
(50)
Took a shot at Lakeland and got it right but blanked on Denver and Indianapolis. *facepalm*
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Oct 10, 2015
(35)
Whoever made this quiz used Wikipedia. Just search largest metropolitan areas, go to Wikipedia, and you've got all the answers. Helpful?
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Nov 21, 2015
(31)
79/100
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Dec 30, 2015
(64)
100 with 6.20 remaining
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Jan 6, 2016
(46)
70/100 and I missed San Francisco I've been humbled. :(
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Jan 11, 2016
(42)
The sad thing is i only know about some of these places because of mass shootings and terrorist attacks that happened there.
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Feb 2, 2016
(64)
100 with 6.28 remaining
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Feb 7, 2016
(35)
I put "Colombia" as a joke, and it took it (columbia, south carolina is what the answer was). Oh well... I guess you can put Colombia! :/
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Feb 22, 2016
(64)
Finished with 6.49 remaining!
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Feb 25, 2016
(60)
I can never remember Milwaukee, darn it!
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Mar 29, 2016
(33)
Think of Laverne and Shirley--they lived there, I think. Or Lenny and Squiggy...? I remember Milwaukee most of the time if the time doesn't run out bc one of my favorite relatives lived there. Wish I could remember where I was born...type so slowly I see the timer running out and forget it all.
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May 16, 2017
(32)
I'm surprised the most densely populated state NJ has no metro area that made to top 100 list!
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Jun 7, 2016
(45)
It's mostly either part of New York City or Philadelphia metro areas
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Oct 14, 2016
(2)
Finally got 100%:);)
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Jul 1, 2016
(31)
I'm not American, and I got 75/100!
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Sep 6, 2016
(55)
I did a very quick and dirty sum of all the populations listed - and got about 240 million people. There's about 310 million in the US, so over 3/4 of the US population lives in metro areas of 500,000+. And yet we're supposed to believe that "small town" America is the "real" America. That all them city dwellers is ruinin the country. Sigh.
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Sep 22, 2016
(21)
75/100
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Oct 1, 2016
(34)
Boston surprised me! I went there over the summer and have become obsessed with the city, I love it! I even made a Boston subway quiz XD
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Oct 29, 2016
(33)
I can promise you that Harrisburg doesn't even have 100,000 people. When I was growing up there, the population was somewhere in the neighborhood of 35-40,000. A quick search shows about 49K....where did you find >500,000?
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Nov 7, 2016
(38)
"These are MSAs. Some are part of larger CSAs. Not to be confused with city proper population". The Harrisburgâ€“Carlisle, Pennsylvania, metropolitan statistical area has a population of 549,475 as of the 2010 census.
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Mar 4, 2017
(29)
I got Lakeland. I don't know why. I've never heard of the place before today.
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Nov 24, 2016
(48)
Back to Daytona Beach...how can it be its own metro area and still be included in Orlando area?
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Mar 3, 2017
(38)
"These are MSAs. Some are part of larger CSAs."
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Mar 4, 2017
(38)
This needs to be updated. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Metropolitan_Statistical_Areas#United_States, Chattanooga is no longer in the Top 100. It has been replaced by Spokane.
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Mar 4, 2017
The 2016 estimates will be out in a few months, at which time we will update the quiz.
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Mar 4, 2017
Only took a couple weeks. The quiz has now been updated.
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Mar 28, 2017
(38)
I love the name, Spokane
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Apr 11, 2017
(71)
I always wondered what Anne spoke.
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May 14, 2017
(66)
After living in Corpus Christi and visiting the Scranton area for a few days, I find it difficult to believe that Scranton is the bigger MSA. When you go a few miles without seeing anything other than random farmhouses between towns it's not a contiguous MSA despite what the census bureau says.
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Mar 9, 2017
(69)
I suppose it's because Scranton MSA is merged with Wilkes-Barre.
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Apr 21, 2017
(57)
Yamaneko is right. While Corpus Christi itself is more than triple the size of Scranton alone, the Scranton MSA spans three large counties and includes other cities like Wilkes-Barre.
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May 14, 2017
(77)
I've become accustomed to ignoring places like Bridgeport and New Haven when dealing with Metro areas, since they are completely encompassed by NYC's metro area. Interesting to see that depicted graphically here. I guess if a city's population proper is large enough, it doesn't matter if it doesn't have a unique metro area.
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Mar 30, 2017
(43)
cant believe my small city is on the list
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Mar 31, 2017
(40)
Wow look at how many cities are listed in Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota!
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Apr 4, 2017
(36)
I know, right! Don't forget Delaware!
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Apr 4, 2017
(69)
C'mon Billings, Fargo, Cheyenne and Wilmington, get your s**t together!!
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Apr 21, 2017
(53)
Corpus Christi is many times bigger than McAllen. Even Brownsville and other Texas cities are larger.
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May 7, 2017
(48)
Corpus Christi as a city, yes, but the metro area is not nearly as big. It only has around 400,000 people while McAllen's is the fifth largest in TX with over 840,000.
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May 14, 2017
(49)
Got Augusta and Portland just trying to see if there were any in Maine. Dear all you Mainers, I really tried to get your state one.
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May 14, 2017
(17)
I got New Haven, CT but missed Miami. Help me now.
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May 14, 2017
(51)
This is my favorite quiz in a while! Would love to see more of this type with Europe, the World etc
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May 15, 2017
(69)
There are many. Try searching for them.
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May 16, 2017
(39)
Challenging quiz
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May 17, 2017
(39)
Very fun quiz. I live near Salt Lake City. I wouldn't think Ogden and Provo would be in their own metro areas, anymore than I'd think Tacoma or Vancouver (Washington) would be in theirs.
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Jun 16, 2017
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