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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 2018 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: October 9, 2019
First submittedJanuary 10, 2011
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Population
City
19,979,477
New York City
13,291,486
Los Angeles
9,498,716
Chicago
7,539,711
Dallas
6,997,384
Houston
6,249,950
Washington, DC
6,198,782
Miami
6,096,372
Philadelphia
5,949,951
Atlanta
4,875,390
Boston
4,857,962
Phoenix
4,729,484
San Francisco
4,622,361
Riverside -
San Bernardino
4,326,442
Detroit
3,939,363
Seattle
3,629,190
Minneapolis
3,343,364
San Diego
3,142,663
Tampa
2,932,415
Denver
2,805,465
St. Louis
2,802,789
Baltimore
2,572,962
Orlando
2,569,213
Charlotte
2,518,036
San Antonio
2,478,810
Portland, OR
2,345,210
Sacramento
2,324,743
Pittsburgh
2,231,647
Las Vegas
2,190,209
Cincinnati
2,168,316
Austin
2,143,651
Kansas City
2,106,541
Columbus
2,057,009
Cleveland
2,048,703
Indianapolis
Population
City
1,999,107
San Jose
1,930,961
Nashville
1,728,733
Virginia Beach
1,621,337
Providence
1,576,113
Milwaukee
1,534,701
Jacksonville
1,396,445
Oklahoma City
1,362,540
Raleigh
1,350,620
Memphis
1,306,172
Richmond
1,297,301
Louisville
1,270,399
New Orleans
1,222,540
Salt Lake City
1,206,300
Hartford
1,151,801
Birmingham
1,130,152
Buffalo
1,071,082
Rochester
1,069,405
Grand Rapids
1,039,073
Tucson
994,400
Fresno
993,797
Tulsa
980,080
Honolulu
947,866
Worcester
943,823
Bridgeport
942,198
Omaha
915,927
Albuquerque
906,626
Greenville
896,764
Bakersfield
883,309
Knoxville
883,169
Albany
865,939
McAllen
857,620
New Haven
850,967
Oxnard
845,553
El Paso
Population
City
842,913
Allentown
832,666
Columbia, SC
831,310
Baton Rouge
821,573
Sarasota
806,548
Dayton
787,643
Charleston, SC
767,711
Greensboro
754,610
Fort Myers
752,660
Stockton
741,104
Little Rock
738,939
Colorado Springs
730,426
Boise
708,009
Lakeland
704,845
Akron
675,067
Ogden
671,456
Winston-Salem
660,422
Madison
659,605
Daytona Beach
655,409
Des Moines
650,502
Syracuse
644,888
Wichita
633,768
Provo
631,761
Springfield, MA
604,167
Augusta
602,871
Toledo
596,849
Melbourne, FL
580,166
Jackson, MS
575,412
Durham
574,659
Harrisburg
573,493
Spokane
560,793
Chattanooga
555,485
Scranton
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level 57
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 77
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 70
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 50
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 35
Aug 10, 2013
being from the west coast never helps me with these kinds of quizzes!
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level 35
May 20, 2017
IKR
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level 47
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 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 61
Feb 5, 2018
It's still a city in the United States !
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level 46
Aug 3, 2019
Washington DC is not in a state either.
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level 63
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 59
May 17, 2014
Surprised that San Jose is a separate MSA from San Francisco.
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level 45
May 23, 2019
Same here bud, The Bay Area doesn't exist I guess
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level 49
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 83
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 69
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 37
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 51
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 61
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 76
Sep 12, 2015
You probably did better than a lot of us from the US. Good for you.
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level 70
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 43
Jul 26, 2016
The metro area has that many.
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level 48
May 23, 2019
the metro area is actually a really nice place to live
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level 53
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 78
Jul 21, 2015
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polk_County,_Florida Yes, that's quite artificial...
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level 65
Jan 30, 2015
56/100. I can live with that.
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level 66
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 78
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 48
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 76
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 73
Sep 12, 2015
isn't raliegh and durham part of the same metro area?
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level 67
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 83
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 58
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 62
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 71
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 43
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 69
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 66
Jan 6, 2016
100 with 6.20 remaining
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level 55
Jan 11, 2016
70/100 and I missed San Francisco I've been humbled. :(
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level 39
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 66
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 66
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 36
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 31
Sep 6, 2016
I'm not American, and I got 75/100!
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level 70
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 69
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 76
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 43
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 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 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 60
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 76
May 14, 2017
I always wondered what Anne spoke.
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level 79
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 73
Apr 21, 2017
I suppose it's because Scranton MSA is merged with Wilkes-Barre.
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level 51
Aug 27, 2019
yeah, i always think of the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton Penguins of the AHL
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level 61
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 79
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 83
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 70
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 46
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 42
Apr 4, 2017
I know, right! Don't forget Delaware!
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level 73
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 65
May 7, 2017
Corpus Christi is many times bigger than McAllen. Even Brownsville and other Texas cities are larger.
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level 50
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 58
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 51
Aug 27, 2019
new haven beast. best logo of any sports team ever. thats why i got it lol
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level 57
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 77
May 16, 2017
There are many. Try searching for them.
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level 69
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 69
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 57
Aug 17, 2018
Missed Chicago, Houston and Phoenix !! I don't believe in it!
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level 59
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 70
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 51
Aug 27, 2019
puerto rico aint a state. its like Guam. Its only a territory.
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level 69
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 41
May 23, 2019
But it's not.
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level 70
May 23, 2019
Great quiz! By the way, the circle doesn't show up for Honolulu.
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level 71
May 24, 2019
Lazy Scranton, the Electric city. They call it that 'cause of the electricity.
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level 42
May 24, 2019
y doesnt anything show up when i type honolul
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level 52
Jun 30, 2019
I got 93.
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level 33
Jul 29, 2019
57/100. From New Zealand. Somehow got Lakeland but not Seattle, Houston, Washington, DC or Atlanta...
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level 39
Aug 8, 2019
Wait... I Don't think Honolulu has any dot?
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level 51
Aug 27, 2019
Yeah Oskar, it isn't showing up for me either
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level 63
Oct 9, 2019
Honolulu doesn't show up on the map
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level ∞
Oct 9, 2019
Fixed