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Biggest Metro Areas in the USA

Name the cities in the United States with the most populous metropolitan population. When you guess the city, it will appear on the map.
Based on 2016 population estimates
These are MSAs. Some are part of larger CSAs. Not to be confused with city proper population
Last updated: September 03, 2018
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Population
City
20,153,634
New York City
13,310,447
Los Angeles
9,512,999
Chicago
7,233,323
Dallas
6,772,470
Houston
6,131,977
Washington, DC
6,070,500
Philadelphia
6,066,387
Miami
5,789,700
Atlanta
4,794,447
Boston
4,679,166
San Francisco
4,661,537
Phoenix
4,527,837
Riverside -
San Bernardino
4,297,617
Detroit
3,798,902
Seattle
3,551,036
Minneapolis
3,317,749
San Diego
3,032,171
Tampa
2,853,077
Denver
2,807,002
St. Louis
2,798,886
Baltimore
2,474,314
Charlotte
2,441,257
Orlando
2,429,609
San Antonio
2,424,955
Portland, OR
2,342,299
Pittsburgh
2,296,418
Sacramento
2,165,139
Cincinnati
2,157,729
San Juan
2,155,664
Las Vegas
2,104,509
Kansas City
2,056,405
Austin
2,055,612
Cleveland
2,041,520
Columbus
Population
City
2,004,230
Indianapolis
1,978,816
San Jose
1,865,298
Nashville
1,726,907
Virginia Beach
1,614,750
Providence
1,572,482
Milwaukee
1,478,212
Jacksonville
1,373,211
Oklahoma City
1,342,842
Memphis
1,302,946
Raleigh
1,283,430
Louisville
1,281,708
Richmond
1,268,883
New Orleans
1,206,836
Hartford
1,186,187
Salt Lake City
1,147,417
Birmingham
1,132,804
Buffalo
1,078,879
Rochester
1,047,099
Grand Rapids
1,016,206
Tucson
992,605
Honolulu
987,201
Tulsa
979,915
Fresno
944,177
Bridgeport
935,781
Worcester
924,129
Omaha
909,906
Albuquerque
884,975
Greenville
884,788
Bakersfield
881,839
Albany
868,546
Knoxville
856,875
New Haven
849,843
McAllen
849,738
Oxnard
Population
City
841,971
El Paso
835,652
Allentown
835,175
Baton Rouge
817,488
Columbia, SC
800,683
Dayton
788,457
Sarasota
761,155
Charleston, SC
756,139
Greensboro
734,622
Little Rock
733,709
Stockton
722,336
Fort Myers
712,327
Colorado Springs
702,221
Akron
691,423
Boise
666,149
Lakeland
662,079
Winston-Salem
656,510
Syracuse
654,417
Ogden
648,929
Madison
644,672
Wichita
637,674
Daytona Beach
634,725
Des Moines
630,283
Springfield, MA
605,221
Toledo
603,309
Provo
594,919
Augusta
579,229
Jackson, MS
579,130
Melbourne, FL
568,033
Harrisburg
559,535
Durham
556,634
Spokane
555,225
Scranton
551,632
Chattanooga
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level 56
Jul 17, 2013
Any chance Daytona could be accepted for Daytona Beach? When Daytona wasn't accepted I gave up on it...
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level 44
Aug 8, 2013
I did the same
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level 73
Mar 2, 2014
I got Daytona Beach but only because I remembered reading this comment from months ago. It really ought to accept both.
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level 69
Sep 26, 2014
Yep, same here - I was surprised when Daytona didn't work and there it was after the timer expired
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level ∞
Jul 14, 2015
Daytona will work now.
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level 48
Aug 6, 2013
Only reason I got Scranton was because I went to a conference there a few years ago. Good quiz!
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level 51
May 19, 2016
THE OFFICE THOUGH
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level 33
Aug 10, 2013
being from the west coast never helps me with these kinds of quizzes!
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level 31
May 20, 2017
IKR
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level 20
Mar 2, 2014
Honolulu? How bout San Juan in puerto Rico?
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level 44
Nov 14, 2014
Hawaii is a state, Puerto Rico isn't
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level 40
Jun 8, 2017
And?
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level 57
Feb 5, 2018
It's still a city in the United States !
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level 59
May 17, 2014
Surprised that San Jose is a separate MSA from San Francisco.
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level 47
May 30, 2014
There's a disadvantage to typing so fast: Sometimes it just doesn't register it and you end up hitting control backspace before it can.
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level 80
Jun 4, 2014
Poor you. LOL
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level 44
Aug 8, 2014
I thought maybe Brownsville. No. At least Laredo, right? No. So I didn't even bother with McAllen. I guess McAllen's where it's at.
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level 49
Oct 14, 2016
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level 70
May 1, 2018
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level 43
Aug 28, 2014
98/100 by naming literally every city I could think of, didn't expect to get over half. Missed a really obvious one though; Madison.
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level 38
Apr 9, 2018
Don't feel bad; I missed Chicago
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level 37
Nov 10, 2014
Lakeland in what state?
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level 52
Sep 28, 2017
Lakeland, Florida. Part of Polk County. Wikipedia has it listed as the 89th most populous "primary statistical area" in the country.
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level 50
Dec 18, 2014
Got 51 and I'm from Argentina, 17 years old, never been in the USA. I missed (that I already knew) Columbus, Columbia, Knoxville, Albany, Augusta, Milwaukee, Wichita, Honolulu Buffalo, New Orleans and Louisville.
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level 74
Sep 12, 2015
You probably did better than a lot of us from the US. Good for you.
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level 68
Dec 20, 2014
Detroit? 4 million? Not even close. 4 million back in the day maybe. But not 2012 when it wasn't even a million.
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level ∞
Dec 20, 2014
Metro area is not city proper.
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level 44
Jul 26, 2016
The metro area has that many.
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level 52
Dec 27, 2014
Only 21 of 100? Quite difficult for someone from Europe..
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level 22
Jan 23, 2015
Lakeland?! it has like 60, 000 people.
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level 75
Jul 21, 2015
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polk_County,_Florida Yes, that's quite artificial...
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level 63
Jan 30, 2015
56/100. I can live with that.
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level 64
Mar 25, 2015
Sorry for my English, but I cant imagine somebody having 100% without any external help...
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level 13
May 15, 2015
that would be quite hard
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level 75
Jul 21, 2015
Of course it's possible. Maybe not on first take, but you can try those quizzes as many times as you want (which is a good way to learning things).
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level 44
May 21, 2015
I suggest accepting Inland Empire for San Bernardino. Otherwise, a good quiz.
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level 47
Aug 25, 2015
I'm surprised at how many people got Ogden and Provo. If you're not from Utah or know someone from there, I don't know how anyone would know either of those two.
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level 74
Sep 12, 2015
I would never have gotten either of them if my daughter didn't live in SLC.
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level 49
Oct 14, 2016
I thought of both Provo and Ogden -- and dismissed them thinking they were in the SLC metro.
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level 67
Sep 12, 2015
isn't raliegh and durham part of the same metro area?
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level 63
Sep 12, 2015
I was surprised to see that, too, since it's called the Raleigh-Durham metro area and has the population listed for Raleigh on this quiz.
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level 80
Oct 6, 2015
I'm from Raleigh. It used to be the same metro area until a few years ago and then Durham's leaders complained that everyone lumped Durham in with Raleigh, so they petitioned to have their own separate metro area.
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level 57
Sep 12, 2015
A Texan missing El Paso...*sigh
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level 30
Sep 12, 2015
Please accept Fort Meyers
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level 58
Sep 12, 2015
I assumed that San Jose would be part of San Francisco's metropolitan area. I live halfway between the two cities.
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level 70
Sep 15, 2015
I have lived in Rhode Island and there are barely over 1 million people in the entire state. How can Providence have a population of 1.6 million?
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level 44
Jul 26, 2016
The metro area extends into Massachusetts. The metro population of Providence exceeds that of Rhode Island. It's a little funny really.
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level 70
May 1, 2018
Not quite as crazy as other quizzes I've seen on this site which give the populations of Kuwait City and Singapore as larger than the countries'.
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level 49
Oct 10, 2015
Took a shot at Lakeland and got it right but blanked on Denver and Indianapolis. *facepalm*
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level 35
Nov 21, 2015
Whoever made this quiz used Wikipedia. Just search largest metropolitan areas, go to Wikipedia, and you've got all the answers. Helpful?
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level 31
Dec 30, 2015
79/100
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level 65
Jan 6, 2016
100 with 6.20 remaining
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level 50
Jan 11, 2016
70/100 and I missed San Francisco I've been humbled. :(
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level 40
Feb 2, 2016
The sad thing is i only know about some of these places because of mass shootings and terrorist attacks that happened there.
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level 65
Feb 7, 2016
100 with 6.28 remaining
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level 35
Feb 22, 2016
I put "Colombia" as a joke, and it took it (columbia, south carolina is what the answer was). Oh well... I guess you can put Colombia! :/
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level 65
Feb 25, 2016
Finished with 6.49 remaining!
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level 60
Mar 29, 2016
I can never remember Milwaukee, darn it!
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level 35
May 16, 2017
Think of Laverne and Shirley--they lived there, I think. Or Lenny and Squiggy...? I remember Milwaukee most of the time if the time doesn't run out bc one of my favorite relatives lived there. Wish I could remember where I was born...type so slowly I see the timer running out and forget it all.
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level 45
Jun 7, 2016
I'm surprised the most densely populated state NJ has no metro area that made to top 100 list!
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level 46
Oct 14, 2016
It's mostly either part of New York City or Philadelphia metro areas
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level 31
Sep 6, 2016
I'm not American, and I got 75/100!
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level 64
Sep 22, 2016
I did a very quick and dirty sum of all the populations listed - and got about 240 million people. There's about 310 million in the US, so over 3/4 of the US population lives in metro areas of 500,000+. And yet we're supposed to believe that "small town" America is the "real" America. That all them city dwellers is ruinin the country. Sigh.
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level 32
Oct 1, 2016
75/100
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level 37
Oct 29, 2016
Boston surprised me! I went there over the summer and have become obsessed with the city, I love it! I even made a Boston subway quiz XD
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level 34
Nov 7, 2016
I can promise you that Harrisburg doesn't even have 100,000 people. When I was growing up there, the population was somewhere in the neighborhood of 35-40,000. A quick search shows about 49K....where did you find >500,000?
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level 47
Mar 4, 2017
"These are MSAs. Some are part of larger CSAs. Not to be confused with city proper population". The Harrisburg–Carlisle, Pennsylvania, metropolitan statistical area has a population of 549,475 as of the 2010 census.
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level 29
Nov 24, 2016
I got Lakeland. I don't know why. I've never heard of the place before today.
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level 55
Mar 3, 2017
Back to Daytona Beach...how can it be its own metro area and still be included in Orlando area?
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level 47
Mar 4, 2017
"These are MSAs. Some are part of larger CSAs."
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level 47
Mar 4, 2017
This needs to be updated. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Metropolitan_Statistical_Areas#United_States, Chattanooga is no longer in the Top 100. It has been replaced by Spokane.
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level ∞
Mar 4, 2017
The 2016 estimates will be out in a few months, at which time we will update the quiz.
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level ∞
Mar 28, 2017
Only took a couple weeks. The quiz has now been updated.
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level 40
Apr 11, 2017
I love the name, Spokane
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level 74
May 14, 2017
I always wondered what Anne spoke.
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level 74
Mar 9, 2017
After living in Corpus Christi and visiting the Scranton area for a few days, I find it difficult to believe that Scranton is the bigger MSA. When you go a few miles without seeing anything other than random farmhouses between towns it's not a contiguous MSA despite what the census bureau says.
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level 71
Apr 21, 2017
I suppose it's because Scranton MSA is merged with Wilkes-Barre.
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level 59
May 14, 2017
Yamaneko is right. While Corpus Christi itself is more than triple the size of Scranton alone, the Scranton MSA spans three large counties and includes other cities like Wilkes-Barre.
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level 74
Nov 16, 2017
My point was raised more by the term MSA. I'm not saying that there are more people in Corpus just that it's a single urban area. When you drive 3 to 4 miles for multiple stretches on a major highway without seeing anything other than farmland like you can in the Scranton Wilkes Barre MSA it should not be considered a single MSA.
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level 80
Mar 30, 2017
I've become accustomed to ignoring places like Bridgeport and New Haven when dealing with Metro areas, since they are completely encompassed by NYC's metro area. Interesting to see that depicted graphically here. I guess if a city's population proper is large enough, it doesn't matter if it doesn't have a unique metro area.
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level 46
Mar 31, 2017
cant believe my small city is on the list
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level 45
Apr 4, 2017
Wow look at how many cities are listed in Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota!
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level 37
Apr 4, 2017
I know, right! Don't forget Delaware!
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level 71
Apr 21, 2017
C'mon Billings, Fargo, Cheyenne and Wilmington, get your s**t together!!
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level 47
Sep 1, 2017
Kind of hard when Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming and Delaware are 4 of the 7 least populous states in the country.
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level 63
May 7, 2017
Corpus Christi is many times bigger than McAllen. Even Brownsville and other Texas cities are larger.
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level 51
May 14, 2017
Corpus Christi as a city, yes, but the metro area is not nearly as big. It only has around 400,000 people while McAllen's is the fifth largest in TX with over 840,000.
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level 57
May 14, 2017
Got Augusta and Portland just trying to see if there were any in Maine. Dear all you Mainers, I really tried to get your state one.
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level 17
May 14, 2017
I got New Haven, CT but missed Miami. Help me now.
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level 55
May 15, 2017
This is my favorite quiz in a while! Would love to see more of this type with Europe, the World etc
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level 73
May 16, 2017
There are many. Try searching for them.
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level 63
Jun 16, 2017
Very fun quiz. I live near Salt Lake City. I wouldn't think Ogden and Provo would be in their own metro areas, anymore than I'd think Tacoma or Vancouver (Washington) would be in theirs.
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level 47
Jul 30, 2017
According to Wikipedia, Ogden and Salt Lake City used to be the same metro area until 2005. But they are all still part of the SLC Combined Statistical Area, along with Provo, Heber CIty and Summit Park.
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level 20
Sep 5, 2017
66/100 and i'm french, i can live with that!
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level 54
Dec 18, 2017
Why do some type-ins like Long Beach are acceptable for Los Angeles, but type-ins like Alexandria aren't acceptable for Washington, D.C.? I was wondering this, because I am quiz making with US metro areas.
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level 70
Mar 12, 2018
Well, I missed plenty - the largest being Raleigh - but I did get one of the two least guessed. Thank you, Jim Morrison - without you being born there, I would have no idea Melbourne, Florida existed.
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level 48
Aug 17, 2018
Missed Chicago, Houston and Phoenix !! I don't believe in it!
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