Biggest Metro Areas in the USA

Name the cities in the United States with the highest metropolitan population. When you guess the city, it will appear on the map.
Based on 2020 population estimates
These are MSAs. Some are part of larger CSAs. Not to be confused with city proper population.
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Last updated: May 5, 2021
First submittedJanuary 10, 2011
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Population
Metro Area
19,124,359
New York City
13,109,903
Los Angeles
9,406,638
Chicago
7,694,138
Dallas
7,154,478
Houston
6,324,629
Washington, DC
6,173,008
Miami
6,107,906
Philadelphia
6,087,762
Atlanta
5,059,909
Phoenix
4,878,211
Boston
4,696,902
San Francisco
4,678,371
Riverside -
San Bernardino
4,304,136
Detroit
4,018,598
Seattle
3,657,477
Minneapolis
3,332,427
San Diego
3,243,963
Tampa
2,991,231
Denver
2,805,473
St. Louis
2,800,189
Baltimore
2,684,276
Charlotte
2,639,374
Orlando
2,590,732
San Antonio
2,510,259
Portland, OR
2,374,749
Sacramento
2,315,963
Las Vegas
2,309,246
Pittsburgh
2,295,303
Austin
2,232,907
Cincinnati
2,173,212
Kansas City
2,138,946
Columbus
2,091,019
Indianapolis
2,043,807
Cleveland
Population
Metro Area
1,971,160
San Jose
1,961,232
Nashville
1,779,824
Virginia Beach
1,623,890
Providence
1,587,892
Jacksonville
1,577,676
Milwaukee
1,425,375
Oklahoma City
1,420,376
Raleigh
1,348,678
Memphis
1,303,469
Richmond
1,272,258
New Orleans
1,268,993
Louisville
1,240,029
Salt Lake City
1,201,483
Hartford
1,125,637
Buffalo
1,091,921
Birmingham
1,081,372
Grand Rapids
1,067,486
Rochester
1,061,175
Tucson
1,006,411
Tulsa
1,000,918
Fresno
963,826
Honolulu
954,270
Omaha
945,752
Worcester
942,426
Bridgeport
932,705
Greenville
923,630
Albuquerque
901,362
Bakersfield
878,550
Albany
878,124
Knoxville
875,200
McAllen
858,571
Baton Rouge
854,684
Sarasota
Population
Metro Area
851,948
New Haven
847,397
Columbia, SC
846,399
Allentown
846,192
El Paso
841,387
Oxnard
819,705
Charleston, SC
809,248
Dayton
790,767
Fort Myers
776,363
Greensboro
770,353
Boise
767,967
Stockton
753,839
Colorado Springs
746,564
Little Rock
744,552
Lakeland
707,915
Des Moines
701,449
Akron
695,654
Springfield, MA
691,359
Ogden
679,948
Daytona Beach
679,731
Winston-Salem
670,447
Madison
663,181
Provo
652,542
Durham
646,038
Syracuse
643,768
Wichita
641,549
Toledo
614,312
Augusta
608,459
Melbourne, FL
589,082
Jackson, MS
581,943
Harrisburg
574,585
Spokane
569,931
Chattanooga
552,528
Scranton
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Level 61
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 83
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 74
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 57
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 52
May 19, 2016
THE OFFICE THOUGH
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Level 74
Jan 2, 2021
I got Scranton too, but for a rather different reason.
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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 46
May 5, 2019
Yeah, being from central New York, I get all the not really known ones like Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse (where I live), Albany, Springfield, and Scranton. Being from the west coast get's you like an extra 1 or 2 cities lol.
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Level 20
Mar 2, 2014
Honolulu? How bout San Juan in puerto Rico?
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Level 53
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 68
Feb 5, 2018
It's still a city in the United States !
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Level 61
Aug 3, 2019
Washington DC is not in a state either.
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Level 74
Oct 9, 2019
But the DC metro area mostly is, plus, DC is a district, not a territory, so it has a different status than Puerto Rico, Guam, etc.
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Level 65
May 17, 2014
Surprised that San Jose is a separate MSA from San Francisco.
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Level 57
May 23, 2019
Same here bud, The Bay Area doesn't exist I guess
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Level 34
Dec 11, 2019
San Jose is south of the bay area. By your standards Sacramento would also be in the bay are, but it is not.
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Level 56
Aug 5, 2020
SAN JOSE IS IN THE BAY AREA!!!!!!!!!!!
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Level 35
Dec 2, 2020
San Jose lies directly on the southern shores of the bay
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Level 61
May 7, 2021
Well, San Francisco and San Jose are one continous urban area, however Sacramento isn't and is also not on the bay.
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Level 48
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 87
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 50
Oct 14, 2016
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Level 78
May 1, 2018
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Level 52
Dec 1, 2020
or Waco or Plano or Amarillo lol I wanted to flex my Texas knowledge more
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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 47
Apr 9, 2018
Don't feel bad; I missed Chicago
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Level 36
Nov 10, 2014
Lakeland in what state?
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Level 50
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 52
Dec 1, 2020
Right between Tampa and Orlando
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Level 66
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 78
Sep 12, 2015
You probably did better than a lot of us from the US. Good for you.
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Level 73
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 46
Jul 26, 2016
The metro area has that many.
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Level 67
May 23, 2019
the metro area is actually a really nice place to live
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Level 63
Aug 21, 2020
Most of the whole of Michigan is abandoned trash these days.
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Level 61
Oct 9, 2021
Actually, Detroit proper and some other cities like Flint are the only bad places in Michigan, Detroit's suburbs are richer and nicer than city proper, and some other cities like Grand Rapids are considered some of the best cities in the US.
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Level 58
Dec 27, 2014
Only 21 of 100?

Quite difficult for someone from Europe..

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Level 64
Jan 30, 2015
56/100. I can live with that.
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Level 68
Mar 25, 2015
Sorry for my English, but I cant imagine somebody having 100% without any external help...
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Level 83
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 67
Mar 12, 2020
If you like geography and are from the US I dont see why not. (Though like in any of these types of quizzes, knowing them all does not mean you get them all. Some always seem to slip your mind. Like even with naming the members of your family, you might forget one)
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Level 56
Aug 5, 2020
I had 100% no help.

I did it Twice!!!

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Level 68
May 21, 2015
I suggest accepting Inland Empire for San Bernardino. Otherwise, a good quiz.
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Level 50
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 78
Sep 12, 2015
I would never have gotten either of them if my daughter didn't live in SLC.
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Level 50
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 84
Jun 10, 2021
I know them thanks to spending a lot of time taking quizzes on Jetpunk.
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Level 62
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 63
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 53
Jun 6, 2021
what city? I'm in Oakland
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Level 76
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 46
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 78
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 58
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 56
Nov 17, 2021
That takes away the fun of it. Why bother trying if you’re just going to look the answers up?
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Level 31
Dec 30, 2015
79/100
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Level 67
Jan 6, 2016
100 with 6.20 remaining
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Level 58
Jan 11, 2016
70/100 and I missed San Francisco I've been humbled. :(
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Level 43
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 67
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 67
Feb 25, 2016
Finished with 6.49 remaining!
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Level 58
Mar 29, 2016
I can never remember Milwaukee, darn it!
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Level 37
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 55
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 47
Oct 14, 2016
It's mostly either part of New York City or Philadelphia metro areas
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Level 26
Sep 6, 2016
I'm not American, and I got 75/100!
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Level 73
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 74
May 23, 2019
These metro areas tend to cover a pretty wide area. A lot of people who live in them live in places that would very much be considered "small town".
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Level 73
Nov 9, 2020
I live in a pretty small rural town and we are still considered the Sacramento metro area. So yes, city dwellers are ruining the country. ;)
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Level 78
May 26, 2019
In 1900, 40 percent of Americans lived on farms. Today it is one percent, so you've already ruined us. I am an endangered species.
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Level 55
Oct 1, 2016
75/100
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Level 36
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 50
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 57
May 12, 2020
This is what I thought as well, since I grew up in that area, but I think it includes Carlisle and other towns around it.
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Level 68
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 50
Mar 4, 2017
"These are MSAs. Some are part of larger CSAs."
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Level 50
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 78
May 14, 2017
I always wondered what Anne spoke.
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Level 86
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 76
Apr 21, 2017
I suppose it's because Scranton MSA is merged with Wilkes-Barre.
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Level 57
Aug 27, 2019
yeah, i always think of the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton Penguins of the AHL
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Level 63
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 86
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 87
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 74
Jan 31, 2019
same - it's hard to think of CT as distinct from either NYC or Boston, for me in NJ anyway
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Level 56
Mar 31, 2017
cant believe my small city is on the list
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Level 44
Apr 4, 2017
Wow look at how many cities are listed in Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota!
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Level 46
Apr 4, 2017
I know, right! Don't forget Delaware!
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Level 76
Apr 21, 2017
C'mon Billings, Fargo, Cheyenne and Wilmington, get your s**t together!!
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Level 50
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 66
May 7, 2017
Corpus Christi is many times bigger than McAllen. Even Brownsville and other Texas cities are larger.
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Level 55
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 63
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 63
Aug 21, 2020
Portland does have 500K in its CSA, but not MSA
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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 57
Aug 27, 2019
new haven beast. best logo of any sports team ever. thats why i got it lol
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Level 61
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 83
May 16, 2017
There are many. Try searching for them.
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Level 74
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 50
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 21
Sep 5, 2017
66/100 and i'm french, i can live with that!
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Level 78
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 61
Aug 17, 2018
Missed Chicago, Houston and Phoenix !! I don't believe in it!
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Level 66
Feb 5, 2019
If you're looking for a version of this quiz with more answers, you can try my 500 Biggest US Cities quiz. Sadly, it doesn't have a map.
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Level 75
May 18, 2019
On what grounds is San Juan excluded from this quiz? It had an MSA of over 2.5 million in 2000 and went up in the subsequent census.
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Level 57
Aug 27, 2019
puerto rico aint a state. its like Guam. Its only a territory.
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Level 62
Jun 23, 2020
its still a city in the united states
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Level 60
Jun 6, 2021
I think the question needs to be restated if San Juan is to be excluded.

The United States is not only made up of 50 states but also a federal district, five major unincorporated territories, 326 Indian reservations, and some minor possessions.

Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam are all part of the US.

The Indiana territory was also part of the US from 1800 to 1816.

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Level 74
May 21, 2019
I find it weird that Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor does not include Akron-Canton. There are parts of the Akron-Canton area that are closer to Cleveland but due to county lines are placed with Akron-Canton. You can drive from Cleveland to Canton and it is all cities and from Elyria to Mentor and it is all city. Eight or nine counties in Northeast Ohio could be all lumped together into one metro area.
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Level 43
May 23, 2019
But it's not.
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Level 73
May 23, 2019
Great quiz! By the way, the circle doesn't show up for Honolulu.
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Level 76
May 24, 2019
Lazy Scranton, the Electric city. They call it that 'cause of the electricity.
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Level 47
May 24, 2019
y doesnt anything show up when i type honolul
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Level 21
Mar 5, 2020
u spelled it wrong. it's honolulu
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2020
Xwv just felt like you guys were missing a few
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Level 58
Jun 30, 2019
I got 93.
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Level 42
Jul 29, 2019
57/100. From New Zealand. Somehow got Lakeland but not Seattle, Houston, Washington, DC or Atlanta...
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Level 44
Aug 8, 2019
Wait... I Don't think Honolulu has any dot?
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Level 57
Aug 27, 2019
Yeah Oskar, it isn't showing up for me either
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Level 74
Oct 9, 2019
Honolulu doesn't show up on the map
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Level ∞
Oct 9, 2019
Fixed
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Level 68
Nov 28, 2019
How did I miss Seattle, but get Melbourne?
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Level 54
Dec 6, 2019
89/100 I'm not American.
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Level 32
Feb 22, 2020
What about Santa Fe
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Level 32
Feb 22, 2020
And Anchorage
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Level 21
Mar 5, 2020
Anchorage isn't big enough
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Level 21
Mar 5, 2020
Santa Fe only holds 88,000
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Level 63
Apr 10, 2020
Can't believe I did this quiz while watching The Office...and still forgot Scranton!
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Level 54
Apr 21, 2020
By the San Jose has a bigger population than San Francisco
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Level 28
Jun 4, 2020
I laughed so hard when I saw that the circle for NYC literally covered all of New Jersey
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Level 63
Aug 21, 2020
Yep. That’s so true.
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Level 54
Aug 21, 2020
^^
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Level 38
Oct 10, 2020
100/100 and I'm Australian :)
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Level 83
Oct 15, 2020
I got my high score of 90 today. If I had moved through a little faster I think I would have gotten 5 points. So close. But I spent too much time guessing smaller cities trying to make sure I didn't miss any then I was pressed for time at the end trying to clean up the eastern seaboard. Missed Baltimore, Columbia, Sarasota, Lakeland, Worcester, Greenville, Harrisburg, Melbourne, Ogden and Augusta.
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Level 65
Oct 15, 2020
Good job. I got my 91st (Bridgeport) at the last second. Missed Wichita, Bakersfield, Akron, Stockton, Ogden, Oxnard, Sarasota, Melbourne, and Lakeland. Thought Oxnard would've been considered part of the LA metro, and I could've sworn I guessed Ogden, but maybe it was Logan instead.
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Level 83
Apr 4, 2021
This time I missed Toledo, Little Rock, New Haven and Greensboro... but I finally picked up that 5th point.
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Level 50
Dec 7, 2020
It took a while, but I managed to get all 100 :D
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Level 38
Dec 20, 2020
Got 41 and I'm from the UK Most obscure guess Lakeland most worst miss San Francisco
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Level 22
Jan 12, 2021
Could you add LA for los angeles?
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Level 28
Mar 4, 2021
45/100 as german only been to the us once, but thanks to NBA & NFL i think i did quite well. After watching the results i should ve known better thanks to college basketball & march madness...

couldnt get Albuquerque cause i didnt know how to spell it...

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Level 63
Apr 15, 2021
great quiz! i loved it!
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Level 61
May 11, 2021
Please accept "Tuscan" for "Tuscon"
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Level 16
May 20, 2021
bruh i missed my own city cuz i thought it was part of la metro area
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Level 54
May 23, 2021
Guys why does every quiz get this wrong, San Jose is larger than San Francisco
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Level ∞
May 23, 2021
City proper < Metropolitan Area < Combined Statistical Area.

Know the difference. It could save your life.

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Level 54
May 23, 2021
San Francisco isn't actually that big, it's just very dense. I'm a Californian and the largest cities are:

Los Angeles

San Diego

San Jose

San Francisco

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Level 48
Jun 6, 2021
Out of curiosity, what is the value for Portland, Maine? Surprised it couldn't beat out some of these places
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Level 37
Aug 3, 2021
I wrote Salem hoping to get the capital of Oregon I was not excepting to get something in north Carolina.

Just in case you haven't noticed I am very bad when it comes to cities.

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Level 21
Aug 12, 2021
bro wtf is lakeland- I literally got 75/100, the only "important ones" I missed were Raleigh, San Jose and Rochester, but the rest are completely unknown places lmfaooo
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Level 55
Oct 17, 2021
Never occurred to me that Raleigh and Durham would be two different metro areas rather than a single one!
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Level 58
Nov 9, 2021
I could not for the life of me spell Birmingham correctly.