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Biggest Great Lakes Cities

Name the most populous metro areas on the shores of the Great Lakes.
Cities within 10 miles of the Great Lakes
Based on definitions of Metro Areas by the US and Canadian censuses
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First submittedSeptember 27, 2010
Last updatedOctober 28, 2018
Times taken19,370
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Population
City
9,504,753
Chicago
5,583,064
Toronto
4,285,832
Detroit
2,068,283
Cleveland
1,562,216
Milwaukee
1,134,039
Buffalo
1,055,278
Rochester
721,053
Hamilton
650,266
Toledo
392,184
St. Catharines / Niagara
Population
City
356,177
Oshawa
319,246
Windsor
309,469
Green Bay
280,985
Erie
279,815
Duluth
266,300
Holland / Grand Haven
195,388
Racine
171,302
Muskegon
159,561
Kingston
156,941
Benton Harbor
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level 77
Mar 30, 2013
Somehow I managed to misspell Erie, and though I've been to Rochester I didn't know it was that close to any of the great lakes. Other than those the only one I missed that I would have been able to guess was Green Bay so I don't feel too bad about quitting three minutes early.
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level 45
Jun 30, 2018
Rochester is right on Lake Ontario!
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level 77
Oct 26, 2018
I assumed as much, given it's on the quiz. I just didn't know it. I was there for a convention and barely left the hotel.
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level 83
Jan 29, 2014
I almost forgot Toronto. Could get Oshawa and Benton Harbor, but almost forgot the only Canadian city I've lived in.
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level 76
Mar 16, 2014
tough quiz but i got 13 correct with the hardest answer of Benton Harbor included.
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level 76
Nov 15, 2014
Only reason I got Benton Harbor was because my husband was born there.
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level 83
Feb 22, 2015
I love seeing my hometown on a quiz. Benton Harbor is on an upward swing... though that is inevitable when there is no other direction in which to go.
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level 66
Mar 8, 2019
I so badly wanted to see my city (Burlington Ontario, population ~ 183,000) but I guess we got lumped in with either Hamilton or Toronto
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level 47
Jun 13, 2019
the only reason I even typed benton harbor was because I stayed at a hotel there on my way to Chicago
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level 20
Jul 28, 2014
Where's London
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level 65
Feb 26, 2015
London isn't on the lakes at all! 45 minute drive to Erie or Huron.
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level 39
Sep 24, 2014
Where did you get your population info from? I'm originally from Green Bay and the population is around 110,000. Additionally, I lived in Milwaukee within the past 5 years and there is no way it tripled in size since I left.
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level 59
Sep 26, 2014
"Based on definitions of Metro Areas by the US and Canadian censuses" Metro areas are much larger than the city limits.
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level 71
Jun 7, 2015
Got 11...Benton Harbor was a flat out guess.
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level 57
May 6, 2016
Rochester, but not Mississauga?
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level 30
Aug 5, 2016
Probably included with Toronto
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level 48
May 11, 2019
Part of the Greater Toronto Area
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level 72
Jul 31, 2019
Mississauga would be a cornfield without Toronto. Nice try.
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level 20
Jan 4, 2017
Toronto is bigger than Chicago
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level 76
Jan 23, 2017
Chicago (2010 census): city = 2,695,598; metro = 9,951,031. Toronto (2011 census): city = 2,615,060; metro = 5,583,064. There is no official definition of Chicago or Toronto where Toronto is bigger.
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level 48
May 11, 2019
Toronto has 2 731 000 as of 2016, Chicago has 2 722 000 as of 2017. Toronto is larger as of late. Metro is still smaller though.
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level 62
May 17, 2017
Well, got the top five. One day I will visit the area....
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level 72
Nov 26, 2017
Depending on the MSA definitions used, the metro areas for Saginaw and Grand Rapids can touch the lakes and would be larger than the bottom two.
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level 53
Oct 9, 2018
Grand Rapids would be included in Holland and have a population of 1.4 million. 6th on the list.
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level 53
Oct 9, 2018
Forgot Toronto, Cleveland, Buffalo and Toledo. I feel ashamed.
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level 53
Oct 9, 2018
Benton Harbor's population is only 10,000. Muskegon's is only 38,000 and Holland's is only 33,500. If we go by metro as it appears, then the peopulations would be Benton Harbor: 156,813 people, Muskegon: 172,188 and Holland would be bumped up to 1,433,288.
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level 40
Oct 22, 2018
For starters, that 1.4 million population includes Muskegon; the Grand Rapids CSA is Grand Rapids-Holland-Muskegon. Holland has its own MSA, just like Muskegon, just like Grand Rapids. MSA means Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is the immediate metropolitan area. CSA means COMBINED Statistical Area, which includes a larger area, which, for Grand Rapids, as I've already stated, is Grand Rapids-Holland-Muskegon.
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level 47
Oct 26, 2018
St. Catharines. not St Catherine's. common error
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level ∞
Oct 28, 2018
Fixed
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level 80
Oct 26, 2018
Why isn't Oswego NY on the list? It borders Lake Ontario and is part of the Syracuse NY MSA, which has a population per 2010 Census of 663,029. Seems like it would fit the rationale for including Benton Harbor......
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level 60
Mar 8, 2019
Please accept Niagra
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level 40
Apr 17, 2019
Wouldn't that be part of Buffalo?
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level 47
Jun 13, 2019
Buffalo would be American Niagara, maybe he's referring to Niagara, Ontario