Biggest U.S. Cities A-Z

Name the most populous American cities and metro areas that start with each letter of the alphabet.
2020 Census estimates
Metro area = MSA as defined by the Census Bureau
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Last updated: June 6, 2021
First submittedFebruary 10, 2012
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City Proper
Metro Area
A
Austin
Atlanta
B
Boston
C
Chicago
D
Dallas
E
El Paso
F
Fort Worth
Fresno
G
Greensboro
Grand Rapids
H
Houston
I
Indianapolis
J
Jacksonville
K
Kansas City
L
Los Angeles
M
Memphis
Miami
 
City Proper
Metro Area
N
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
W
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 20
Jan 26, 2014
I thought t was Tallahassee florida
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Level 52
Oct 22, 2014
tally's tiny. tampa is way bigger
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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 77
Oct 24, 2019
boggiest
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Level 69
May 14, 2020
buddhist
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Level 87
Sep 4, 2020
Braggist.

Same as 24% of the people on that quiz....

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Level 69
May 24, 2021
woolliest
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Level 76
Aug 18, 2020
biggest*
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Level 54
Jun 6, 2014
I was sitting here in Jacksonville, and I was wondering what the "J" could possibly be.
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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 83
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 86
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 83
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 48
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 70
Sep 27, 2014
Great quiz!
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Level 44
Sep 27, 2014
Excellent quiz.
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Level 62
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 75
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 75
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 64
Dec 13, 2021
This makes no sense without the comment that I believe was deleted.
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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 61
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 75
Jun 12, 2017
Isn't Zanesville more populated than Zionsville?
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Level ∞
May 27, 2019
No
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Level 60
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 52
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 60
Nov 18, 2020
MustardCustard, I don't know about anyone else, but to me a city is defined as something larger than a town, so your argument doesn't make sense.
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Level 21
Nov 18, 2021
I live in Indiana, and Zionsville definitely doesn't make the top 30 biggest towns/cities in Indiana.
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Level 53
Jul 20, 2022
@WAFFLEZZ

No, it's 37th, but it's the largest city in the U.S. starting with a Z.

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Level 69
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 65
Mar 26, 2021
Or drive past, I only knew Xenia because of all of the road trips through the midwest.
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Level 62
Jul 30, 2017
I love any list that has Utica, NY
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Level 67
Oct 24, 2019
But also disappointing that my guesses of Utah City and Utahville didn't work.
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Level 38
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 87
Jun 24, 2018
Quincy, Massachusetts: 90-something thousand
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Level 73
Jul 19, 2021
Zionsville is larger than Zanesville
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Level 29
Jan 31, 2019
-thinks of Louisville for l

- gets Yonkers

- doesn’t think of Atlanta or Austin

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Level 34
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 77
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 45
Jan 29, 2020
Or, you know, try to make a quiz that does accept them? I guessed Kansas, but since it didn't take I tried some other cities that didn't work. For Mexico City in most quizzes it just takes Mexico.
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Level 55
Sep 10, 2021
because new york city, is called "New York", and Mexico City is called "Mexico" but Oklahoma city is not called "Oklahoma"
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Level 57
Jul 19, 2021
Just putting OKC works for me but I can't say the same for Kansas City
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Level 63
Oct 24, 2019
17 is the average??? Seems very low?
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Level 67
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 ∞
Jun 6, 2021
Upper Darby is not an incorporated place.
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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 53
Oct 30, 2019
A tough one even for me. Hey Fresno made the map!
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Level 46
Jan 11, 2021
Xanadu Utah and Zanesville Ohio would work for x and z
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Level 53
Jul 20, 2022
No because Zionsville is larger than Zanesville and Xenia is larger than Xanadu.
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Level 58
Feb 25, 2021
Needs more time.
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Level 65
Jul 19, 2021
Seconded
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Level 59
Aug 28, 2021
It took me at least a minute to realize I was supposed to do U.S. cities not world cities smh :l
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Level 74
Sep 28, 2021
24/37 with a few (many) guesses.
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Level 33
Apr 8, 2022
what about Quincey, Zionsville, and Xenia...
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Level 53
Jul 20, 2022
What do you mean? They're on there.