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Biggest U.S. Cities A-Z

Name the most populous American cities and metro areas that start with each letter.
2018 Census estimates
Metro area = MSA as defined by the Census Bureau
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Last updated: May 27, 2019
First submittedFebruary 10, 2012
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City Proper
Metro Area
A
Austin
Atlanta
B
Boston
Boston
C
Chicago
Chicago
D
Dallas
Dallas
E
El Paso
El Paso
F
Fort Worth
Fresno
G
Greensboro
Grand Rapids
H
Houston
Houston
I
Indianapolis
Indianapolis
J
Jacksonville
Jacksonville
K
Kansas City
Kansas City
L
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
M
Memphis
Miami
 
City Proper
Metro Area
N
New York City
New York City
O
Oklahoma City
Orlando
P
Phoenix
Philadelphia
Q
Quincy, MA
none
R
Raleigh
Riverside
S
San Antonio
San Francisco
T
Tucson
Tampa
U
Upland, CA
Utica, NY
V
Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach
W
Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
X
Xenia, OH
none
Y
Yonkers, NY
Youngstown, OH
Z
Zionsville, IN
none
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level 15
Feb 14, 2012
And I coulda swore phoenix was bigger then phillie.
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level 52
Oct 24, 2019
It will be soon at the rate it's growing.
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level 20
Jan 26, 2014
I thought t was Tallahassee florida
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level 44
Oct 22, 2014
tally's tiny. tampa is way bigger
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level 52
Aug 1, 2017
Tallahassee is tiny, its only claims to fame is FSU and being our capitol.
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level 52
Oct 24, 2019
Tallahassee has like 400,000 whereas Tampa has 3 million...
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level 20
Jan 26, 2014
Quizmaster take my Buggest Cities in East Timor quiz, let's see what you get.
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level 20
Jan 26, 2014
*biggest
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level 55
Apr 10, 2015
buggiest
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level 44
May 23, 2017
baggiest
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level 76
Oct 24, 2019
boggiest
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level 38
Jun 6, 2014
I was sitting here in Jacksonville, and I was wondering what the "J" could possibly be.
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level 52
Aug 1, 2017
I kept guessing Duval for D
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level 58
Mar 16, 2019
Missed New York City...WOW!!!
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level ∞
Aug 9, 2014
I updated the quiz for 2013 and to include both city proper and metro population.
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level 66
Sep 3, 2014
This is one of my favorites on the site. Awesome quiz. :D
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level 77
Sep 27, 2014
Why is the Q, X, and Z blank for metro area? Wouldn't they just be the same answer for city proper? Even if those cities don't have any suburbs, then the populations would just be the same for both categories. But if there is no bigger metro area then they still win.
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level 80
Sep 27, 2014
I thought the same thing, but I'll bet it's because those three cities aren't big enough to qualify as an MSA with the census bureau.
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level ∞
Sep 27, 2014
@loganite is correct
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level 77
Sep 27, 2014
hm, okay. I still think it would make sense just to use the same answers.
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level 54
Jun 15, 2016
As one who was raised in Xenia, OH, it's just outside Dayton and probably is considered in Dayton's metro area; you can't be considered part of a metro area AND have your own metro.
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level 29
Nov 27, 2016
KingOfQuiz if that is so, explain how Mesa has its own metro in Phoenix
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level 50
Jul 29, 2017
@physicsismything, Mesa doesn't have it's own. It's part of the the Phoenix metro area.
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level 66
Sep 3, 2014
Not sure how I missed Austin, Memphis, and Fort Worth. Though of Grand Rapids literally at the last second so didn't have time to type it in. Great quiz, though! :D
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level 67
Sep 27, 2014
Great quiz!
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level 44
Sep 27, 2014
Excellent quiz.
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level 49
Oct 1, 2014
Amazed that Utica, NY made it onto a list of biggest anything other than biggest decline in population since 1930.
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level 45
Nov 19, 2015
I mistakenly thought you were asking for the metro area of the city, not a completely separate metro area. Duh.
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level 54
Jun 15, 2016
Being from Ohio helps you get some of the odd letters; it's the only state with at least one city that starts with each letter of the alphabet! Here's a quiz try to guess them: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/103225/ohio-cities-a-z
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level 73
Jan 12, 2017
Wow, that's a great piece of trivia you got there! I had a great interest about Ohio because my region in France shares a lot of traits with that state, but I learnt something today, on my way to ace that quiz!
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level 73
Aug 12, 2017
Why? I was not ironic or sarcastic by any means... His quiz is REALLY a great piece of trivia.
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level 59
Apr 12, 2017
I thought I had entered NYC at the beginning and was wrong
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level 48
May 29, 2017
I hate it when this happens. You spend too much time thinking of obscure cities you forget New York. When I wrote New York then, genuinely for a second I expected and hoped for it to disappear.
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level 73
Jun 12, 2017
Isn't Zanesville more populated than Zionsville?
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level ∞
May 27, 2019
No
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level 48
Jul 9, 2017
Zionsville, Indiana is not a city, it is a town, so it technically doesn't qualify to be on this list. Zanesville, Ohio is a city just barely under Zionsville's population.
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level 53
Oct 13, 2017
Technically, it's not a city. Practically, it qualifies for the quiz. Calling Zionsville a town doesn't change what it is, a legally defined population center, which is what this quiz is measuring, pedantic definitions notwithstanding.
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level 59
Jul 29, 2017
Thought of Utica but didn't guess it... so many small ones you'd have to live by to know
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level 49
Jul 30, 2017
I love any list that has Utica, NY
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level 62
Oct 24, 2019
But also disappointing that my guesses of Utah City and Utahville didn't work.
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level 37
Aug 2, 2017
I got Zionsville, but completely forgot about D.C. Stupid me
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level 19
Aug 31, 2017
I live in New York City, I think it's the largest city in the USA but don't take my word on it.
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level 44
Mar 29, 2018
the largest american city for Q is Queensbury NY with a population of 28000, the largest american city for X is Xenia OH with a population of 26000, the largest american city for Z is Zanesville OH with a population of 25000.
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level 75
Jun 24, 2018
Quincy, Massachusetts: 90-something thousand
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level ∞
May 27, 2019
https://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/popest/2010s-total-cities-and-towns.html
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level 30
Jan 31, 2019
-thinks of Louisville for l - gets Yonkers - doesn’t think of Atlanta or Austin
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level 35
Oct 24, 2019
Why its so inconsistent? New York counts but for Kansas and Oklahoma you have to add City for it to count
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level 76
Oct 24, 2019
Because the word city is part of the actual name for Kansas City and Oklahoma City. The name of the city in New York state is actually New York, or the City of New York, but it is called NYC to distinguish it from the state. (Remember the Frank Sinatra song, "New York, New York"?) QM is consistent - some world capitals accept just one name while others require the addition of City to be correct, depending on the actual city name.When in doubt add city to the name and see if it works.
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level 58
Oct 24, 2019
17 is the average??? Seems very low?
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level 62
Oct 24, 2019
I just checked, and according to the most recent census, Upper Darby, PA has 82,000 people to Upland's 77,000. I only bothered to look because I was really proud of myself for remembering that Upper Darby exists and really wanted it to be right.
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level 32
Oct 28, 2019
I live in California. I've been to Upland. I had no idea it was bigger than Utica, which I've never been to, but at least I've heard of it.
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level 35
Oct 30, 2019
A tough one even for me. Hey Fresno made the map!