Biggest City in each U.S. State

Can you name the most populous city in each U.S. state?
Source: 2020 census estimates
By city proper population
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Last updated: June 5, 2021
First submittedJuly 31, 2012
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State
Population
City
Alabama
206,950
Birmingham
Alaska
287,095
Anchorage
Arizona
1,708,127
Phoenix
Arkansas
197,866
Little Rock
California
3,970,219
Los Angeles
Colorado
735,538
Denver
Connecticut
143,525
Bridgeport
Delaware
70,376
Wilmington
Florida
920,570
Jacksonville
Georgia
512,550
Atlanta
Hawaii
341,555
Honolulu
Idaho
229,776
Boise
Illinois
2,677,643
Chicago
Indiana
877,903
Indianapolis
Iowa
212,312
Des Moines
Kansas
391,731
Wichita
Kentucky
618,338
Louisville
Louisiana
389,476
New Orleans
Maine
66,803
Portland
Maryland
586,131
Baltimore
Massachusetts
691,531
Boston
Michigan
665,369
Detroit
Minnesota
433,111
Minneapolis
Mississippi
157,821
Jackson
Missouri
497,159
Kansas City
State
Population
City
Montana
109,736
Billings
Nebraska
478,393
Omaha
Nevada
662,368
Las Vegas
New Hampshire
112,546
Manchester
New Jersey
282,520
Newark
New Mexico
562,540
Albuquerque
New York
8,253,213
New York City
North Carolina
900,350
Charlotte
North Dakota
125,209
Fargo
Ohio
903,852
Columbus
Oklahoma
662,314
Oklahoma City
Oregon
656,751
Portland
Pennsylvania
1,578,487
Philadelphia
Rhode Island
179,270
Providence
South Carolina
139,714
Charleston
South Dakota
187,809
Sioux Falls
Tennessee
671,295
Nashville
Texas
2,316,120
Houston
Utah
204,087
Salt Lake City
Vermont
42,899
Burlington
Virginia
451,231
Virginia Beach
Washington
769,714
Seattle
West Virginia
45,879
Charleston
Wisconsin
589,067
Milwaukee
Wyoming
64,742
Cheyenne
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Level ∞
Oct 18, 2017
I reset the quiz to use only the largest city, instead of the two largest. I also made this extreme version for quiz masochists.
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Level 74
Oct 18, 2017
what about adding a map?
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Level 62
Oct 18, 2017
Memphis is the most populated city in Tennessee. Nashville isn't.
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Level 72
Jan 23, 2018
I had to research this for my state capital/largest city quiz

The 2010 census had Memphis ahead, but official Census Bureau estimates as of last year gave Nashville the lead.

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Level 83
Jun 26, 2019
Memphis has been stagnant for decades. Nashville has been growing rapidly.
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Level 82
Oct 18, 2017
They're pretty close and it seems Nashville is now above Memphis.
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Level ∞
May 24, 2019
Nashville is now ahead by 19,000 and the lead grows every year.
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Level 83
Jun 26, 2019
The real extreme version is the one with the top 10 for all 50 states, but the accuracy seems to fall apart for much smaller states like Vermont and Rhode Island.
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Level 63
Aug 13, 2020
It does get kinda suspect when the smaller states like Vermont or Rhode Island don't even have 10 municipalities classified as "cities." VT has 9 and I believe RI has 8 places officially called "cities."
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Level 56
Sep 1, 2019
Challenge Accepted!
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Level 70
Oct 18, 2017
Cool quiz, another one where I'd love to see the split between Native and non native takers.
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Level 79
Oct 20, 2017
Maybe we can do it in comments?

Non-native, 47 on first take (but I've done a lot of US quizzes before)

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Level 85
Oct 18, 2017
For 2 minutes I keep typing Rapid City, Pierre, Sioux City before I beat my head against the wall and audibly groaned.
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Level 62
Nov 30, 2017
Is Jacksonville really larger than Miami and Orlando?
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Level 72
Dec 15, 2017
By city proper population, yes
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Level 23
Jan 31, 2018
City proper is the stupidest metric ever. No one says London proper or Shanghai proper. I'm from Atlanta which technically has about half a million people, but the metro area has nearly six million. It's contiguous development. How doesn't that count?
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Level ∞
May 24, 2019
People whine regardless of whether I do city proper or metro area. For this quiz, city proper makes the most sense because so many metro areas spill into adjoining states.
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Level 71
Jun 26, 2020
Metro populations have downsides too, given definitional problems (i.e. where does a city start/end?). Incorporated cities are relevant in that they determine much about taxation and fiscal policies more generally, as well as policing, schooling, and a host of other things. Many cities allow the renting of particular services (firefighting, for example), but that leads to other issues as well, such as the ability of tiny class-specific enclaves to opt out of Los Angeles, Detroit, etc. When Detroit declared bankruptcy, it wasn't a government representing 5.7 million people that did that.
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Level 57
Sep 20, 2018
Yes it has a very large land area whereas Miami and Orlando have a small area with lots of suburbs that are not part of the city and don't bare the burden in taxes.
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Level 57
Feb 29, 2020
Also to add on a year and a half later, Orlando's metro area only surpassed us in the 2000's, and Jacksonville was the largest city in Florida for a long long time, until like the 50's.
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Level 67
Dec 21, 2017
Funny how in city proper Columbus is way bigger than Cleveland and Cincinnati, but in Metro area Columbus is smaller than the two!
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Level ∞
May 24, 2019
Not anymore! Columbus metro population just passed Cleveland's and will likely eclipse Cincinnati in the near future.
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Level 73
Sep 2, 2019
If you combine Cleveland's metro area with Akron's metro area it is still way larger than Columbus's metro area. Cleveland and Akron should be the same metro area since the only thing dividing the two is a county line.
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Level 52
Oct 7, 2020
Ah but then San Francisco gets much larger and so does Chicago by taking over Milwaukee and San Jose, that also does not include New York taking over Boston on down to Washington DC becoming one metro area by your logic.
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Level 31
Jan 23, 2018
I always forget about New Hampshire till the last second, but I still failed:( but 49/50

I made a pretty interesting quiz that a few temperature guys may wanna check out

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Level 66
Jan 23, 2018
On the capital for Virginia, I abbreviated it and it was not accepted. Maybe it should be.
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Level 56
Jan 23, 2018
Well I had no idea Kansas City was in Missouri! You learn something new everyday.
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Level 72
Jan 23, 2018
There are two! Right next to each other. KC, MO is bigger than KC, KS
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Level 85
Jan 23, 2018
It's on the border. There is a Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. By city proper the one in Missouri is roughly twice the size. By metro area its a lot more closely divided.
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Level 83
Jun 26, 2019
By cultural measurement, everything's in the Missouri city. The skyscrapers, museums, major league sports, broadcasting. KC, Kansas is just part of the suburban carpet.
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Level 76
Jan 23, 2018
Funny how Bridgeport is the least guessed answer. It's the butt of every joke here in CT!
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Level 38
Jan 25, 2018
How so? It's the only one I missed on the first try...kept rotating Stamford, New Haven, and Hartford around in my head.
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Level 65
May 6, 2019
Same except I also threw in Bristol and Mansfield for good measure before eventually remembering that Bridgeport exists.
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Level 82
May 26, 2018
Easy for me probably only because my cousin works there.
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Level 62
Jan 23, 2018
Native. Got them all with 2:22 remaining. Took 3 tries to guess Bridgeport. Tried Hartford and New Haven first.
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Level 70
Jan 23, 2018
3:14. Did a lot better on this one than the one with 4 cities per state. That one was exponentially harder.
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Level 19
Jan 23, 2018
got 39/50 but considering I’m 11 and trying to study geography, | think | did well
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Level 34
Jan 24, 2018
Wow! Charleston in two different states, and just for now though. May change later.
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Level 38
Jan 25, 2018
Charleston just over took Columbia in South Carolina, so I can't see that one changing soon.
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Level 50
Jan 24, 2018
I got frustrated trying to come up with Maine cities... not realizing I had already gotten it when I entered Oregon.
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Level 19
Jan 24, 2018
Wow, you did better than me I️ suppose!
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Level 42
Jan 24, 2018
Just a question, isn't Memphis more populous than Nashville?
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Level 38
Jan 25, 2018
Not anymore, though Nashville is only ahead by a slight margin.
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Level ∞
May 26, 2018
I believe Nashville overtook Memphis in either 2015 or 2016. Nashville has added over 60,000 residents since 2010 while Memphis has not grown at all.
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Level 33
Jan 25, 2018
How did I miss NYC -.-
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Level 68
Jun 14, 2019
Well... I got Portland, Maine by accident. And I also got Jackson while typing Jacksonville...
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Level 83
Jun 26, 2019
Statistically, according to the list, slightly more people got Portland, Maine than Portland, Oregon with Baltimore in between.
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Level 66
Sep 1, 2019
Aw, man. I forgot about Wilmington, Delaware. My old fake ID said I was from there.
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Level 82
Sep 1, 2019
Couldn't think of Vermont... all I could think of was that coat factory place...
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Level 62
Sep 1, 2019
Candy.
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Level 39
Jan 14, 2020
Trying to type Jacksonville end up with "ville"! Realized I has just got the one for Mississippi
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Level 57
Jun 3, 2020
City proper stats are meaningless, they really don’t tell the story of the size of a city. The idea that Los Angeles only has ~4m people is ridiculous