Biggest U.S. Cities Starting with B

Try to name the most populous cities in the United States that start with the letter B.
Cities proper, not metro areas. Not including unincorporated places.
2021 U.S. Census estimates
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Last updated: May 29, 2022
First submittedFebruary 9, 2012
Times taken52,472
Average score50.0%
Rating4.27
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Population
State
Hint
City
654,776
Massachusetts
Beantown
Boston
576,498
Maryland
"The Wire"
Baltimore
407,615
California
San Joaquin Valley
Bakersfield
276,807
New York
Large mammal
Buffalo
237,446
Idaho
State capital
Boise
222,185
Louisiana
French for "red stick"
Baton Rouge
197,575
Alabama
MLK wrote a letter from jail here
Birmingham
187,831
Texas
Southernmost city in Texas
Brownsville
149,440
Washington
Seattle suburb
Bellevue
148,333
Connecticut
Largest in state
Bridgeport
117,445
Montana
Largest in state
Billings
117,145
California
Hippies
Berkeley
116,330
Oklahoma
Tulsa suburb
Broken Arrow
112,556
Texas
Gulf Coast
Beaumont
105,446
Massachusetts
Rocky Marciano's home town
Brockton
105,401
California
TV studios
Burbank
104,175
Colorado
University
Boulder
102,059
Oregon
Ski slopes
Bend
101,315
Arizona
Phoenix suburb
Buckeye
98,216
Oregon
Nike headquarters
Beaverton
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Level 33
Feb 24, 2012
This got tough really quick!
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Level 36
Feb 26, 2012
I got very few. *sigh* At least I got berkeley. Element 97 is named after it.
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Level 67
Jul 6, 2019
Yes, that would have been a better clue than hippies!
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Level 48
Nov 11, 2013
Who else failed and only got Boston :P
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Level 87
Oct 28, 2018
A bunch of 5-year-old crickets did.
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Level 44
Jul 6, 2019
just over 800 people
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Level 44
Aug 7, 2014
Everyone's heard of Barstow. It's in movies. There's a song about it. I was CONVINCED it would be on here. I look it up there's only 23,000 people. Amazing how some cities make a name for themselves and yield little, while others grow to 1-200,000+ in silence and obscurity.
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Level 63
Sep 20, 2015
So true! Is the song "Leaving Las Vegas" by Sheryl Crow?
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Level 83
Jul 6, 2019
where?
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Level 64
Oct 24, 2021
Nope. That first sentence is false.
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Level 85
Jul 14, 2022
It's a literary reference: "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like 'I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive....' And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas."

Opening lines of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. RIP Hunter S. Thompson (amazing that he lasted as long as he did).

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Level 76
Apr 14, 2015
How did I miss Bakersfield and Beaumont
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Level 77
Jul 7, 2015
Can't believe I got Beaumont but missed Berkeley.
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Level 77
Jul 27, 2017
Did the same thing again. Sigh.
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Level 77
Jul 6, 2019
At least I didn't do the same thing this time. I missed both of them.
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Level 68
Jul 7, 2015
Honestly, as a non-American, Im proud of getting 2 pts in this quiz. Would like to see the average score of Americans vs average score of non-American.
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Level 82
Nov 28, 2016
That's pretty good. I'd personally only expect foreigners to know Boston and Baltimore, maybe Buffalo.
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Level 43
Jul 27, 2017
I'm a non-American and I got 6. Some of the cities are easy with the clues e.g Berkeley and Baton Rouge
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Level 67
Jul 6, 2019
Got 4. Should have got 7. I am a New Zealander.
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Level 69
Jul 7, 2019
Canadian here, I got 16
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Level 76
Oct 29, 2019
Got 7. I am Australian.
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Level 41
Jul 7, 2015
Bremerton Washington is also a suburb of Seattle. Kept trying and it wouldn't take. It is directly across Puget Sound, there is a standard commuter ferry.
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Level 61
Jul 7, 2015
Bremerton is also tiny - less than 38,000 people. Bellevue is 6x as large.
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Level 77
May 4, 2017
I tried Bremerton first, too, then I remembered it was Bell-something, but never could get the right something.
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Level 77
Jul 6, 2019
This time I tried Bellvue - getting closer at least.
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Level 67
Mar 28, 2022
Bremerton is also not really a suburb. It grew up around the naval base on the Kitsap peninsula. Bremerton is easily accessible to Seattle, but I wouldn't call it a suburb, strictly speaking. While people commute from there to Seattle, the presence of the Navy on Kitsap provides it's own economy/community/citys
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Level 46
Jul 9, 2015
Everyone should have gotten Baton Rouge immortalized by Garth Brooks and the home of the LSU Tigers!
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Level 77
May 4, 2017
Or anyone who speaks French.
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Level 63
Jul 13, 2015
I was able to get Bakersfield, but I had no idea that it was larger than some of the others on this list.
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Level 20
Jul 24, 2015
You should add 2 more cities to the list because those two cities would be

Bloomington, Indiana (82,575) Where IU is

Bloomington, Illinois (78,902)

3 Bloomingtons in a row! XD

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Level ∞
May 26, 2019
That would have been cool! Unfortunately, in 2018, the three Bloomingtons were ranked 22, 24, and 28.
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Level 64
Sep 13, 2015
18/20. Couldn't think of Brockton or Boca Raton. I kept trying Boynton Beach.
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Level 64
Mar 6, 2019
Took the quiz 3.5 years later and still missed these two.
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Level 80
Jul 27, 2017
Bakersfield larger than Buffalo. Wow, it's a changing world.
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Level 82
Jun 2, 2022
Warm, versus not-so-warm. The same might be said for their economic climates as well.
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Level 83
Jul 27, 2017
Clue for Broken Arrow should be "Travolta/Slater movie"
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Level 77
Jul 27, 2017
Or James Stewart/Debra Paget movie.
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Level 60
Oct 1, 2017
When I finally got Baton Rouge I laughed out loud!
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Level 87
Oct 13, 2017
Really surprised that the home of IU isn't at least a 100k. Most towns with a major research university have that many now even if they aren't close to a major city.
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Level 60
Apr 28, 2018
Why do I have a feeling that the next two on the list would be Bloomington, Indiana, than Bloomington, Illinois.
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Level 45
Apr 22, 2019
Got Brockton because I live in the town next door :)
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Level 85
May 26, 2019
I would think "University" would be better for Berkeley than "Hippies", eh?
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Level 67
Jul 6, 2019
Hippies in California today, I associate with Humboldt County. Berkeley I associate with very smart, very liberal college kids, but not hippies per se. Granola country - Northern California, parts of Oregon, and Colorado - is where I would put hippies on the map. AKA where there's a strong market for Subaru Outbacks, Nag Champa, super serious disc golfers, or "athletic" sandals.
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Level 89
May 28, 2019
would have got boulder if the clue was mork & mindy
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Level 71
May 31, 2019
Better that than"JonBenét Ramsey". (Signed, a Boulderite)
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Level 77
Jul 6, 2019
I visited your city and loved it, samiamco. I never once thought about JBR while I was there.
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Level 83
Jul 6, 2019
No Benghazi?
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Level 81
Jan 2, 2020
My days writing a boxing history column finally paid off. Thank you Rocky Marciano!
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Level 83
May 16, 2020
Man... I only missed Bend, OR this time and that's still not good enough for 5 points. You guys are too good.
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Level 58
Mar 8, 2021
"California" and "hippies" is one clue, not two.
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Level 87
May 31, 2022
I can never remember all the Montana ones. "Bozeman? nope. Butte? nope. Dang, I know there's another......"
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Level 50
Jul 29, 2022
Didn’t got any city, not even Boston
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Level 71
Jul 30, 2022
Second US quiz in a row that I've got 5/20 and zero points :(