Biggest Cities in each U.S. State - Extreme

Can you name the four most populous cities in each U.S. state?
2019 census estimates. Incorporated cities only.
Except for Hawaii, which has no incorporated cities (2010 population used).
By city proper population.
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Last updated: June 3, 2020
First submittedOctober 18, 2017
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State
Population
City
Alabama
209,403
Birmingham
200,574
Huntsville
198,525
Montgomery
188,720
Mobile
Alaska
288,000
Anchorage
31,974
Juneau
30,917
Fairbanks
10,838
Wasilla
Arizona
1,680,992
Phoenix
548,073
Tucson
518,012
Mesa
261,165
Chandler
Arkansas
197,312
Little Rock
87,891
Fort Smith
87,590
Fayetteville
81,125
Springdale
California
3,979,576
Los Angeles
1,423,851
San Diego
1,021,795
San Jose
881,549
San Francisco
Colorado
727,211
Denver
478,221
Colorado Springs
379,289
Aurora
170,243
Fort Collins
Connecticut
144,399
Bridgeport
130,250
New Haven
129,638
Stamford
122,105
Hartford
Delaware
70,166
Wilmington
38,166
Dover
33,515
Newark
22,900
Middletown
Florida
911,507
Jacksonville
467,963
Miami
399,700
Tampa
287,442
Orlando
Georgia
506,811
Atlanta
197,888
Augusta
195,769
Columbus
153,159
Macon
Hawaii
351,792
Honolulu
49,914
East Honolulu
47,698
Pearl City
43,263
Hilo
Idaho
228,959
Boise
114,161
Meridian
99,277
Nampa
62,888
Idaho Falls
Illinois
2,693,976
Chicago
197,757
Aurora
148,449
Naperville
147,344
Joliet
Indiana
876,384
Indianapolis
270,402
Fort Wayne
117,979
Evansville
102,026
South Bend
Iowa
214,237
Des Moines
133,562
Cedar Rapids
101,590
Davenport
82,651
Sioux City
Kansas
389,938
Wichita
195,494
Overland Park
152,960
Kansas City
140,545
Olathe
Kentucky
617,638
Louisville
323,152
Lexington
70,543
Bowling Green
60,131
Owensboro
Louisiana
390,144
New Orleans
220,236
Baton Rouge
187,112
Shreveport
126,185
Lafayette
Maine
66,215
Portland
36,225
Lewiston
32,262
Bangor
25,532
South Portland
Maryland
593,490
Baltimore
72,244
Frederick
68,079
Rockville
67,985
Gaithersburg
Massachusetts
692,600
Boston
185,428
Worcester
153,606
Springfield
118,927
Cambridge
Michigan
670,031
Detroit
201,013
Grand Rapids
133,943
Warren
132,438
Sterling Heights
Minnesota
429,606
Minneapolis
308,096
St. Paul
118,935
Rochester
85,618
Duluth
Mississippi
160,628
Jackson
71,705
Gulfport
55,780
Southaven
46,212
Biloxi
Missouri
495,327
Kansas City
300,576
St. Louis
167,882
Springfield
123,195
Columbia
State
Population
City
Montana
109,577
Billings
75,516
Missoula
58,434
Great Falls
49,831
Bozeman
Nebraska
478,192
Omaha
289,102
Lincoln
53,544
Bellevue
51,267
Grand Island
Nevada
651,319
Las Vegas
320,189
Henderson
255,601
Reno
251,974
North Las Vegas
New Hampshire
112,673
Manchester
89,355
Nashua
43,627
Concord
32,191
Dover
New Jersey
282,011
Newark
262,075
Jersey City
145,233
Paterson
129,216
Elizabeth
New Mexico
560,513
Albuquerque
103,432
Las Cruces
99,178
Rio Rancho
84,683
Santa Fe
New York
8,336,817
New York
255,284
Buffalo
205,695
Rochester
200,370
Yonkers
North Carolina
885,708
Charlotte
474,069
Raleigh
296,710
Greensboro
278,993
Durham
North Dakota
124,662
Fargo
73,529
Bismarck
55,839
Grand Forks
47,382
Minot
Ohio
898,553
Columbus
381,009
Cleveland
303,940
Cincinnati
272,779
Toledo
Oklahoma
655,057
Oklahoma City
401,190
Tulsa
124,880
Norman
110,198
Broken Arrow
Oregon
654,741
Portland
174,365
Salem
172,622
Eugene
109,381
Gresham
Pennsylvania
1,584,064
Philadelphia
300,286
Pittsburgh
121,442
Allentown
95,508
Erie
Rhode Island
179,883
Providence
81,456
Cranston
81,004
Warwick
72,117
Pawtucket
South Carolina
137,566
Charleston
131,674
Columbia
115,382
North Charleston
91,684
Mount Pleasant
South Dakota
183,793
Sioux Falls
77,503
Rapid City
28,257
Aberdeen
24,415
Brookings
Tennessee
670,820
Nashville
651,073
Memphis
187,603
Knoxville
182,799
Chattanooga
Texas
2,320,268
Houston
1,547,253
San Antonio
1,343,573
Dallas
978,908
Austin
Utah
200,567
Salt Lake City
135,248
West Valley City
116,618
Provo
116,480
West Jordan
Vermont
42,819
Burlington
19,509
South Burlington
15,074
Rutland
10,852
Essex Junction
Virginia
449,974
Virginia Beach
244,835
Chesapeake
242,742
Norfolk
230,436
Richmond
Washington
753,675
Seattle
222,081
Spokane
217,827
Tacoma
184,463
Vancouver
West Virginia
46,536
Charleston
45,110
Huntington
30,549
Morgantown
29,306
Parkersburg
Wisconsin
590,157
Milwaukee
259,680
Madison
104,578
Green Bay
99,944
Kenosha
Wyoming
64,235
Cheyenne
57,931
Casper
32,711
Laramie
32,030
Gillette
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Level 82
Oct 18, 2017
Strange feature on Firefox that moves the thicker lines so that they are out of synch when you scroll. Not sure I can explain this right, but it's quite annoying. Do other browsers do the same?
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Level 81
Oct 18, 2017
I use Chrome and do not have that problem, i'm not sure how to help you
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Level 79
Mar 24, 2018
I use Firefox and have no problem.
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Level 61
Aug 14, 2020
Dinosaurs
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Level 48
Oct 18, 2017
Nice Quiz
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Level 67
Oct 18, 2017
Columbia MD?
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Level 86
Oct 18, 2017
*Incorporated cities
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Level 67
Nov 10, 2017
I love quizzes like this. Fun the first time because I know many of them, but challenging enough that I can learn more and retake the quiz.
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Level 66
Dec 8, 2017
Finally 100%! After thirteenth! With 0:40...
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Level 71
Dec 18, 2017
Grand Island, Nebraska? Why do I suspect that it is neither?
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Level 67
Jan 23, 2018
I've driven through it. It is neither. Google tells me that it was named for a nearby island in the Platte River, though the island no longer exists.
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Level 38
Apr 12, 2019
I was actually born there and lived there until I was 12. It was named after a fort which was named after a river in the Platte that doesn't exist anymore. It's certainly one of the less grand towns in Nebraska.
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Level 45
Jan 2, 2018
Cool quiz! Is there a European countries equivalent on this site?
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Level ∞
May 24, 2019
I would love to, but honestly it's just too hard. European countries have very strange population statistics often based on ancient city boundaries. For example, Brussels is only the 5th most populous municipality in Belgium. There would be no way to make a quiz that could possibly satisfy our users.
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Level 73
Sep 6, 2019
Because some of the answers would be un-intuitiv?

I mean, when it comes to countries, the population is counted as you describe it, with ancient boundaries and without taking the small countries around them in.

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Level 59
Jan 23, 2018
132 on the first try. Ran out of time otherwise I would have gotten a few more like Minneapolis, St Paul, St Louis, Wichita etc...
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Level 73
Aug 21, 2020
How the heck did you miss those?
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Level 55
Mar 13, 2018
East Honolulu doesn't exist...
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Level 79
Aug 14, 2020
For the ones I didn't know I went back and added the four directions to biggest city names and got a few that way.
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Level 65
Mar 24, 2018
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Level 72
Mar 24, 2018
If it is still too easy, try

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Level 62
Mar 24, 2018
I got an average of exactly 2 per state. I need to study up!
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Level 80
Mar 26, 2018
I've lived in Honolulu for 6 years and never once heard of East Honolulu.
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Level 76
Mar 26, 2018
Next time you go out, turn right instead of left
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Level 74
Mar 27, 2018
I was just checking some of the stats and it seems that the fourth biggest city in New Hampshire is Derry not Dover; If you are going by the 2010 census, Derry had 33,109 inhabitants while Dover was just shy of 30,000. The 31,153 figure for Dover is fan estimate rom the 2016 census. Not picking apart, just thought I'd get some clarification. Cheers and thanks for the quiz :)
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Level ∞
May 26, 2018
We are using 2016 estimates.
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Level 81
Jun 19, 2018
Derry's a town, not a city. I know in New England there's no distinction between municipal powers of a town or city, but the Census Bureau thinks so.
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Level 39
May 26, 2018
Anyone notice that Overland Park and Olathe are both technically suburbs of Kansas City? Also Kansas City is split by a border so the numbers aren't so accurate.
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Level 38
Apr 12, 2019
What's even better is that Overland Park is bigger than Kansas City, KS.
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Level 79
Aug 14, 2020
Kansas City, MO was founded in 1838 and incorporated in 1853 before Kansas was even a territory, much less a state. It was named for the Kansas river. Kansas City, KS was incorporated in the 1870s several miles away. They were two distinct cities from their beginnings, not just one city that was split by a border.
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Level 81
Jun 19, 2018
Essex didn't work for Essex Junction, nor South Haven for Southaven, nor Pearl for Pearl City so I tried others even though I was pretty certain on both of them, kept me from 195 on my first go round.
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Level 62
Jul 28, 2018
Vermont's four biggest cities combined have fewer people than Texas's fourth biggest city.
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Level 81
Jun 7, 2020
The whole state is smaller. If everyone in Vermont lived in one spot, they would have only been the 65th largest urbanized area in the U.S.
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Level 68
Dec 19, 2018
Got Wasila. Thanks, Sarah Palin!
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Level 38
Apr 12, 2019
My favorite thing about being from Nebraska is that you get lots of obscure ones that no one else does. Brookings, SD is a piece of cake for me.
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Level 79
Aug 14, 2020
Remembered Brookings from my Laura Ingalls Wilder book, The Long Winter. We had a chance to drive through it after leaving De Smet - it was a nice place.
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Level 72
May 9, 2019
Cities would be better for quiz title than city
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Level ∞
May 24, 2019
Good point. Changed the title accordingly.
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Level 69
May 10, 2019
Can someone explain where Washington DC is? Does that have some kind of special status over there in the US of A? Pardon my ignorance in advance.
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Level 51
May 15, 2019
Washington DC is technically not in any state. It's a separate district which is located in Maryland but not technically part of Maryland. That may not be the official definition but think of it that way.
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Level 80
Sep 1, 2019
It's not in Maryland but the small square parcel of land that was cut out for the district and given to the federal government took some land from Maryland and some land from Virginia on each side of the Potomac. Virginia took back its portion in 1847 so now it's a half square on the east bank of the Potomac River; land that used to be part of Maryland.
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Level 79
Aug 14, 2020
I had no idea that Virginia took back its portion. I looked it up and it's an interesting story. Thanks for teaching me something new today.
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Level 80
Sep 3, 2019
Got Gaithersburg. Missed Omaha.
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Level 72
Feb 20, 2020
Please add about five more minutes. As it is, I had about 20 seconds to do everything from Utah to Wyoming, and I wasn't even going that slowly
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Level 28
Apr 16, 2020
100/200, never been to US ;)
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Level 89
Jun 4, 2020
Just a note about the Virginia cities--you've got Virginia Beach as the 4th largest in Virginia with a population of 10,852. I think that got mixed up with the 4th largest in Vermont above it. Pretty sure Virginia Beach has more people than that :)
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Level ∞
Jun 4, 2020
Fixed
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Level 56
Jun 4, 2020
Grrrr. I guessed Stafford for Stamford and Browning for Brookings.
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Level 83
Jun 10, 2020
141/200. A fun quiz. I got the biggest city in each state, except for Connecticut. I visited Hartford for work a while back, but it seems really hard to think of any other cities there.
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Level 81
Jun 11, 2020
Took me 19 attempts, but I finally memorized all of them :D
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Level 21
Jun 20, 2020
Even though nobody comes to wisconsin, there is an atvantage from being from the midwest!
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Level 79
Aug 14, 2020
You're right. I'm a nobody and I went to Wisconsin. (It's a lovely state.)
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Level 82
Jul 17, 2020
I have to laugh at myself on some of these quizzes...I got an answer that 8% guess, and missed one that 80% guess. :)
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Level 80
Aug 14, 2020
Got Gaithersburg... missed Des Moines. Will have to try again later. Could use more time on this one, too. But that doesn't mean I'm suggesting adding more. Fine as is.
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Level 66
Aug 14, 2020
could use some more time, I was scrambling at the end and could have gotten a few more. I'm curious what a top 5 cities would look like....ultra extreme
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Level 47
Aug 14, 2020
>City proper population

Well there goes the accuracy of this quiz

City proper population is extremely inaccurate

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Level 56
Aug 14, 2020
Finally... I could never remember that it's Charleston that's in SC, only could remember Charlotte in NC. This made it clear ;
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Level 79
Aug 14, 2020
On so many of these I got three and just couldn't think of the fourth one.
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Level 50
Aug 16, 2020
About the best thing I can claim on my first pass is I didn't miss any of the double dippers like Portland or Charleston. I sure thought I'd get more than 104.