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Biggest City in each U.S. State

Can you name the most populous city in each U.S. state?
Source: 2018 census estimates
By city proper population
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Last updated: May 24, 2019
First submittedJuly 31, 2012
Times taken61,184
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State
Population
City
Alabama
209,880
Birmingham
Alaska
291,538
Anchorage
Arizona
1,660,272
Phoenix
Arkansas
197,881
Little Rock
California
3,990,456
Los Angeles
Colorado
716,492
Denver
Connecticut
144,900
Bridgeport
Delaware
70,635
Wilmington
Florida
903,889
Jacksonville
Georgia
498,044
Atlanta
Hawaii
347,397
Honolulu
Idaho
228,790
Boise
Illinois
2,705,994
Chicago
Indiana
867,125
Indianapolis
Iowa
216,853
Des Moines
Kansas
389,255
Wichita
Kentucky
620,118
Louisville
Louisiana
391,006
New Orleans
Maine
66,417
Portland
Maryland
602,495
Baltimore
Massachusetts
694,583
Boston
Michigan
672,662
Detroit
Minnesota
425,403
Minneapolis
Mississippi
164,422
Jackson
Missouri
491,918
Kansas City
State
Population
City
Montana
109,550
Billings
Nebraska
468,262
Omaha
Nevada
644,644
Las Vegas
New Hampshire
112,525
Manchester
New Jersey
282,090
Newark
New Mexico
560,218
Albuquerque
New York
8,398,748
New York City
North Carolina
872,498
Charlotte
North Dakota
124,844
Fargo
Ohio
892,533
Columbus
Oklahoma
649,021
Oklahoma City
Oregon
653,115
Portland
Pennsylvania
1,584,138
Philadelphia
Rhode Island
179,335
Providence
South Carolina
136,208
Charleston
South Dakota
181,883
Sioux Falls
Tennessee
669,053
Nashville
Texas
2,325,502
Houston
Utah
200,591
Salt Lake City
Vermont
42,899
Burlington
Virginia
450,189
Virginia Beach
Washington
744,955
Seattle
West Virginia
47,215
Charleston
Wisconsin
592,025
Milwaukee
Wyoming
63,957
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 71
Oct 18, 2017
what about adding a map?
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level 61
Oct 18, 2017
Memphis is the most populated city in Tennessee. Nashville isn't.
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level 71
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 74
Jun 26, 2019
Memphis has been stagnant for decades. Nashville has been growing rapidly.
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level 78
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 74
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 48
Sep 1, 2019
Challenge Accepted!
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level 67
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 74
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 79
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 56
Nov 30, 2017
Is Jacksonville really larger than Miami and Orlando?
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level 73
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 52
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 58
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 69
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 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 63
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 54
Jan 23, 2018
Well I had no idea Kansas City was in Missouri! You learn something new everyday.
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level 71
Jan 23, 2018
There are two! Right next to each other. KC, MO is bigger than KC, KS
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level 79
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 74
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 71
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 36
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 54
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 77
May 26, 2018
Easy for me probably only because my cousin works there.
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level 54
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 66
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 36
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 49
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 40
Jan 24, 2018
Just a question, isn't Memphis more populous than Nashville?
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level 36
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 17
Mar 24, 2018
lexington is better than louisville in ky
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level 66
Sep 2, 2019
It has better Derby Pies, that’s for sure.
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level 41
Mar 1, 2019
Easy....I got 100%
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level 55
Jun 14, 2019
Well... I got Portland, Maine by accident. And I also got Jackson while typing Jacksonville...
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level 74
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 62
Sep 1, 2019
Aw, man. I forgot about Wilmington, Delaware. My old fake ID said I was from there.
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level 77
Sep 1, 2019
Couldn't think of Vermont... all I could think of was that coat factory place...
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level 66
Sep 2, 2019
Bernie Sanders helped me get Vermont!
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level 62
Sep 1, 2019
Candy.