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Biggest Cities in the United States Quiz

Guess the 50 most populous cities in the United States.
This is based on city proper population. For metro areas, check out this quiz
2018 estimates.
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: May 24, 2019
First submittedMay 9, 2011
Times taken289,762
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Population
City
8,398,748
New York City
3,990,456
Los Angeles
2,705,994
Chicago
2,325,502
Houston
1,660,272
Phoenix
1,584,138
Philadelphia
1,532,233
San Antonio
1,425,976
San Diego
1,345,047
Dallas
1,030,119
San Jose
964,254
Austin
903,889
Jacksonville
895,008
Fort Worth
892,533
Columbus
883,305
San Francisco
872,498
Charlotte
867,125
Indianapolis
Population
City
744,955
Seattle
716,492
Denver
702,455
Washington
694,583
Boston
682,669
El Paso
672,662
Detroit
669,053
Nashville
653,115
Portland
650,618
Memphis
649,021
Oklahoma City
644,644
Las Vegas
620,118
Louisville
602,495
Baltimore
592,025
Milwaukee
560,218
Albuquerque
545,975
Tucson
530,093
Fresno
Population
City
508,958
Mesa
508,529
Sacramento
498,044
Atlanta
491,918
Kansas City
472,688
Colorado Springs
470,914
Miami
469,298
Raleigh
468,262
Omaha
467,354
Long Beach
450,189
Virginia Beach
429,082
Oakland
425,403
Minneapolis
400,669
Tulsa
398,112
Arlington
392,890
Tampa
391,006
New Orleans
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level 51
May 12, 2011
San Juan 420,326
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level 16
Apr 30, 2013
389 714
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level 13
Nov 19, 2014
they are talking about in the 50 states
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level 44
Jan 26, 2015
thats bull, Peurto Rico is part of the United States
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level 30
May 15, 2015
PR is a posession, not a state
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level 67
May 20, 2015
Washington DC isn't in the 50 states. San Juan should count, IMO. Plus it helps fight the ignorance that Puerto Rico isn't part of the US. It may be a territory, and they may have a different legal relationship with the federal government, but the people born there are US citizens and have US passports and everything. It's part of the US.
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level ∞
May 24, 2019
Nitpickers can rest easy. The population of San Juan has fallen considerably and would no longer appear on this even if it were counted.
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level 38
Aug 10, 2019
Trump didn't throw enough paper towels...
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level 29
Nov 27, 2011
37... Not bad, for a Brit! Should've got Vegas, but I can live with missing the other ones. Most pleased with Long Beach...
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level 57
Mar 5, 2014
Did you seriously get Long Beach? I'm an American and even I missed that one.
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level 38
Aug 10, 2019
That's more than like 75% of America can get
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level 37
Apr 28, 2012
44, not too bad either, missed a lot out west
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level 83
Jul 20, 2012
Darn you, Colorado Springs!
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level 71
May 31, 2019
For so, so many reasons.
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level 39
Aug 9, 2012
I feel like you should accept LBC
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level 38
Aug 10, 2019
Well qualified to represent the LBC
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level 73
Oct 15, 2012
Missed Philly but got Fresno, WTH?
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level 1
Nov 3, 2012
Mesa???
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level 57
Mar 5, 2014
I've read that it's basically a Phoenix bedroom community.
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level 44
Aug 4, 2014
Mesa was founded in the 1870s, only 10 years after Phoenix. For what it's worth.
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level 41
Dec 19, 2012
22. neededa bit more time for another 10 more or so.
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level 45
Nov 9, 2015
I needed more time too
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level 76
Jun 27, 2018
I needed a couple more minutes, too. I tried systematically starting at one coast and thinking of all the cities in every state, but didn't make it to the other coast. Apparently that wasn't a good strategy or else my typing is just too slow.
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level 60
Aug 5, 2019
I think an extra minute would be fair.
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level 28
Jan 3, 2013
50/50 on my third try..... WOOT!
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level 39
Jan 22, 2013
can you plz accept astin for austin
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level 58
Apr 29, 2015
I live in Austin. That's offensive
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level 83
Jun 4, 2015
I've driven through Austin. I found the city offensive, too.
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level 76
Jun 27, 2018
One of our daughters lives in Austin so I love Austin no matter how you spell it.
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level 38
Aug 10, 2019
How the hell could you spell it like that. In what world would that be pronounced Austin
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level 37
Feb 27, 2013
Ok, I know this is not metropolitan area but still....Colombus is not bigger than Cleveland! Also its weird that Saint Louis, New Orleans, and Tampa Bay aren't on here!
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level 13
Dec 12, 2014
Columbus ranks 15th and Cleveland ranks 48th, Saint Louis ranks 58th, New Orleans is 51st, and Tampa Bay is a geographical location, a bay, not a city, but I believe you mean Tampa, which ranks 53rd
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level 29
Jul 22, 2019
Mac, St. Louis's population is declining tremendously so that is why it was left off of this list. Cleveland is also on a population decline, Tampa is on this list and so is New Orleans. This is also city proper, so Tampa Bay, would include the cities of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Sarasota, Bradenton, and the entirety Hillsborough and Pinnelas counties.
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level 76
Aug 3, 2019
The City of St. Louis is a very small geographical area, surrounded by St. Louis County and the Mississippi River which prevents expansion. The St. Louis metro area including St. Louis County and suburbs ranks 19th in the nation. The 2020 census is forecast to show a drop of around 20,000 from 2010 - about a 3.5% loss. It is a big drop from the 1950s when it ranked 8th in the nation at over 800,000, but that number is deceiving. Much of that population drop was due to people who moved to the suburbs and were still counted in the metro area, which was over 2 million in 1960. The only year the metro area showed a loss was in 1980.
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level 38
Aug 10, 2019
I also always think Tampa Bay is the name of the city. Curse you Tampa Bay Rays
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level 77
Nov 5, 2019
The issue with comparing Cleveland and Columbus is the metro area. Most of northeastern Ohio is considered "Cleveland" whereas Columbus is geographically isolated.
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level 27
May 14, 2013
Nailed It! 50/50 and from Canada. Check out some other cool american geography quizzes I made!
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level 34
Jun 26, 2013
Norfolk should be accepted for virginia beach because they're basiccly the same city.
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level 77
Jul 15, 2013
Or Newport News or Hampton. All part of the same huge metro area. Except that, as the quiz clearly states, they are going by "city proper" populations which means they are only counting population within a defined municipal area. This isn't really a good reflection of the reality of present-day cities, which have often becoming sprawling metro areas in which one "city" bleeds into another completely and the two are more or less inseparable except maybe in terms of government, but there are lots of quizzes on the site that use metro areas so having one that focuses on city proper isn't a bad thing.
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level 44
Aug 4, 2014
Norfolk and Virginia Beach are two very separate cities with two very separate urban centers. They are adjacent, yes, but so are Minneapolis and St. Paul. And it takes at least 30-45 minutes to get from downtown Norfolk to downtown Va Beach. Now if you were to call Norfolk and Portsmouth the same city, you'd have a much better argument.
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level 77
Jun 15, 2015
A 30 minute drive does not impress me after spending a lot of time in Manila, Bangkok, Riyadh, Seoul, Tokyo and Istanbul... each of which can take several hours to drive from one end of the city to the other. 30 minutes is nothing. And it's not like there are some massive forests or huge swaths of farmland separating them. They're the same urban area as far as I'm concerned.
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level 23
Jul 20, 2013
I missed long beach -.-
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level 83
Aug 14, 2013
Clearly you've never been to Long Beach. You wouldn't miss it once you left.
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level 61
Jul 5, 2015
Ha. Burn!
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level 73
May 27, 2019
Look for the big boat painted up in Third Reich colors.
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level 48
Nov 9, 2013
If I had 3 more minutes I could've gotten 48/50 :(
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level 70
Aug 4, 2016
If I were doing this using a physical keyboard instead of a bloody phone, likewise!
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level 27
Dec 30, 2018
Wouldn't you have gotten 50/50 in that matter?
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level 61
Apr 21, 2019
Why, he wouldnt have suddenly become psychic. If you dont know them, more time wouldnt do a thing (unless you are a cheater and use the time to look things up..)
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level 22
Dec 2, 2013
45/50, and im canadian. I missed Denver, San Jose, Omaha, Colorado Springs and Mesa
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level 33
Jul 24, 2015
Well, Mesa is where half of the Canadian snowbirds come during the winter!
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level 43
Aug 7, 2019
you mean canada geese. if they were canadian "snowbirds" they'd stay in canada for the winter.
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level 22
Dec 9, 2013
47/50 for a canadian
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level 39
Dec 11, 2013
49/50 Forgot Fresno
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level 36
Dec 18, 2013
I got 100 and don't even have an electronic and don't know what a city is!
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level 21
Jun 25, 2015
Then how did you take the quiz?
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level 40
Aug 3, 2019
wooosh
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level 67
Apr 6, 2016
And what the hell is "an electronic" ?
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level 69
Sep 7, 2016
And what's the capital of Assyria?
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level 58
Dec 22, 2016
I don't know that! AAAAaaauuuughhhhhhhhhhhhh
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level 65
Feb 6, 2017
Nineveh. Duh
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level 69
Feb 7, 2017
Monty Python. Duh
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level 58
Jun 12, 2016
So many questions...
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level 36
Feb 18, 2014
100%
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level 67
Dec 27, 2015
So you said!
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level 36
Mar 9, 2014
Even living in Texas, I was surprised that Arlington made the list.
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level 31
Apr 6, 2017
ditto my dude
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level 31
Apr 6, 2017
btw do you play quake or tribes?
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level 20
Mar 21, 2014
No cincinnati or st Louis? That's weird
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level 13
Dec 12, 2014
St. Louis ranks 58th and Cincinnati ranks 64th
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level 76
Jun 27, 2018
Once again, the city of St. Louis is confined to a small boundary and cannot annex. It is surrounded by St. Louis County which has over a million people, and the metro area is around three million, putting it currently at #21.
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level 71
Apr 22, 2014
I always miss those Texas and Arizona cities. But I can't believe I forgot Vegas and Oklahoma/Kansas City.
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level 61
Apr 27, 2014
only 17/50... I kept thinking of capitals, but most of those actually aren't that large. But hey, I spelled Albuquerque correctly, so I guess I feel sort of accomplished... lol
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level 73
May 27, 2019
My predictive text knew how to spell it. Someday I won't even have to remember.
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level 37
May 27, 2014
Only missed Long Beach, dammit.
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level 25
Jul 3, 2014
50/50 Romania! 15 years old.
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level 54
Jul 6, 2014
13 y-o from Serbia got 38/50. Not bad.
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level 32
Mar 12, 2017
14y old from neighbouring Croatia got 40/50
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level 34
Aug 1, 2017
2 yr old from Sesame Street got 54/50
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level 60
Oct 15, 2017
673 y-o from Narnia. I got 48/50
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level 25
Sep 5, 2017
i managed to get 155 right in 3 secs. And im only a cell
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level 68
Dec 2, 2017
50yo from New York. Got 1/50. Thank you, Arlington!
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level 32
Jul 14, 2014
Good for you guys!!! I'll get ya'll a prize!
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level 17
Jul 17, 2014
I forgot Oklahoma City &tucson
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level 31
Nov 11, 2014
Honolulu?
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level 83
Jun 4, 2015
Currently #55
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level 13
Nov 19, 2014
All 50, 10 years old
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level 25
Feb 8, 2018
I am a fetus and got 50 out of 50 with 10 minutes left
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level 26
Nov 30, 2014
24/50! not bad for a 12 year old brit
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level 63
Jan 21, 2015
If you are going to take this quiz, might as well go all the way.
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level 13
Jan 24, 2015
I am six years old blind and deaf and I don't have hands and I got 50 out of 50
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level 40
Apr 11, 2017
How Can you be 6 and Old?
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level 79
May 24, 2019
he's blind, he won't see your comment.
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level 21
Feb 7, 2015
San Juan-389,714.
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level 14
Feb 18, 2015
Thats impossible king.
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level 36
Feb 21, 2015
after 2 hours retyping this list, I can say I have them thoroughly memorized. No logic to them, each much possess attributes on its own to attract settlers (or secure wanton reproduction?), or industries that provide jobs, or a climate that's great, or a spirit people love, none related to another. Very hard to use memory aids, etc. But finally they are in my head.
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level 61
Feb 25, 2015
I got 32/50 on my first go, and managed to somehow forget Washington DC, but I did get Wichita and Colorado Springs.
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level 61
Feb 25, 2015
I got higher than average and I'm from a certain country that isn't the USA and I'm younger than 18 and that is not that bad. What the average comment on this quiz looks like
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level 30
Feb 26, 2015
This should get a minute more of time.
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level 61
Apr 4, 2015
Using the metric system, I got 72
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level 46
Jul 18, 2017
There's a metric population system?
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level 66
Apr 29, 2015
As a non-American, it was a surprise to not see cities like New Orleans, StLouis and Buffalo in a Top 50 of the biggest US cities.
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level 77
Jul 5, 2015
It looks like New Orleans just barely made it back on with the latest update. St Louis meanwhile is half the size it was 100 years ago and probably isn't going to recover.
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level 76
Jul 5, 2015
The St. Louis County and metro area would have made it with nearly 3,000,000, but the City of St. Louis is a fairly small area with a little over 300,000 people.
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level 18
May 16, 2015
I got 57 somehow.
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level 18
May 16, 2015
I got Colorado Springs, but just when I was getting to Atlanta, time ran out.
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level 62
May 29, 2015
New Orleans replaced Arlington Texas, but no other changes?
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level ∞
May 30, 2015
That's correct. But it's crazy to see how quickly Detroit is falling. They are still losing 10,000+ per year while Seattle and Denver are gaining around 15,000+ per year.
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level 30
Jul 5, 2015
I don't know how people handle Denver. I got sick from my month long visit there. Not only is the oxygen level lower than I'm used to due to the higher elevation but the city is smoggy too.
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level 52
Oct 25, 2018
Seattle is getting too crowded. I wish so many people didn't want to move here.
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level 39
Jun 1, 2015
23 sec left
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level 72
Jun 14, 2015
Why omit Puerto Rico? Leaving out San Juan seems arbitrary.
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level 77
Jul 5, 2015
It happens a lot on this site. QuizMaster's father was killed by some Puerto Rican guy.
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level 76
Jun 27, 2018
I thought it was a Belgian, but my guess is that San Juan isn't reported in the statistics of largest cities of the US because it isn't a state. It would appear in the list of largest cities of the US including territories. Would you expect Papeete to be included on a quiz about towns and cities in France?
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level 77
Jun 27, 2018
The culprit may have been of mixed heritage.
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level 30
Jul 5, 2015
Missed Baltimore, Mesa, and Raleigh.
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level 76
Sep 27, 2015
The only reason I'd heard of Baltimore is because it was in a Jules Verne book. (Most of my US geography is thanks to Verne, which is odd because he was French.)
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level 13
Jul 5, 2015
48/50 missed Fort Worth and Oakland
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level 32
Jul 10, 2015
So difficult. Only got 17
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level 20
Jul 26, 2015
I'm Australian and I got 22/50. Somehow missed San Fran, Dallas and philly.
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level 62
Dec 22, 2016
35/50 for a New Zealander.
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level 20
Jul 26, 2015
I thought Anchorage and Honolulu would be in there..
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level 62
Aug 19, 2015
This quiz page seems to be a new design. I like it, especially the new statistic "Your best time". Would it be possible to add another statistic - How many times you've taken this quiz?
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level ∞
Aug 20, 2015
We do plan on making more stats available, but probably not on the quiz page, which is already fairly crowded.
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level 77
Aug 20, 2015
I can't imagine why anyone would even want to access this site on a mobile device. ...but... I think the new design works fine, actually.
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level ∞
Aug 20, 2015
Glad you like the new design. The problem with the comments has been fixed.
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level 61
Apr 21, 2019
Why wouldnt they? Quizes are fun to take everywhere, not just from the comfort of your home
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level 77
Apr 21, 2019
not fun for me trying to scroll down, scroll up, scroll down, scroll up, scroll down on a tiny little screen attempting to type answers on the tiny fake keyboard on my phone.
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level 74
May 24, 2019
Sometimes I'd like to take a quiz but don't want to wait till I come home and can use a computer. No need to scroll quite often. In this quiz you just type the biggest cities, they're not alphabetic so scrolling down will only tell you if you missed some obvious/biggest ones. And there's no need to type, you can swipe and autocorrect does the rest.
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level 77
Aug 3, 2019
bleh
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level 14
Aug 27, 2015
32, good considering I'm British?!
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level 61
Apr 21, 2019
you are not sure if you are brittish or not?
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level 51
Sep 29, 2015
I am 3 y/o from Kiribati. I got 51/50.
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level 60
Oct 1, 2017
Seems legit
+1
level 72
Oct 7, 2015
Always, always, always forget about Wichita.
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level 33
Oct 22, 2015
New York City Los Angeles Chicago Miami Dallas San Francisco Houston Seattle 100% 1,560,297 Philadelphia 81% 100% 658,893 Washington 81% 100% 1,381,069 San Diego 80% 100% 456,002 Atlanta 78% 100% 680,250 Detroit 77% 100% 1,537,058 Phoenix 75% 100% 613,599 Las Vegas 74% 100% 663,862 Denver 73% 100% 384,320 New Orleans 72% 100% 619,360 Portland, OR 69% 100% 912,791 Austin 68% 100% 407,207 Minneapolis 61% 100% 485,199 Sacramento 60% 100% 470,800 Kansas City, MO 58% 100% 644,014 Nashville 58% 100% 622,793 Baltimore 56% 100% 656,861 Memphis 52% 100% 1,015,785 San Jose 48% 100% 439,896 Raleigh 37% 100% 446,599 Omaha 30% 100% 388,413 Wichita
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level 33
Oct 22, 2015
My previous comment ignore the numbers in it
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level 61
Apr 21, 2019
is it ok if i ignore it all? Makes my head hurt
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level 72
Nov 13, 2015
OMAHA! I have finally remembered you
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level 35
Nov 22, 2015
Everyone knows Detroit's population is dropping...
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level 41
Apr 13, 2019
And?
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level 35
Nov 22, 2015
This quiz uses Wikipedia. I just went to Wikipedia and got all the answers. Helpful?
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level 61
Jan 21, 2016
So you can copy and paste. You deserve a medal.
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level 76
Jun 27, 2018
Yes, it tells us a lot about your character.
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level 34
Dec 7, 2015
For a shorter quiz try this link: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/166179/15-most-populous-us-cities-in-2014
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level 33
Jan 1, 2016
Lol only got Albuquerque because of Breaking Bad
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level 23
Feb 28, 2016
new york should have 22 million.
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level 50
Jul 30, 2017
Read the description, it's city proper population. Not metro population.
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level 80
Jun 6, 2016
How do I always miss Atlanta on these city quizzes? It's like a blind spot for me.
+1
level 76
Aug 10, 2016
My blind spot tends to be Phoenix. When I imagine a map of the US, I just sort of miss out Arizona. (Sorry, Arizona.)
+1
level 65
Sep 4, 2016
Could I asked for a type in for Tucson as I always seem to think it is Tuscon...
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level 58
Sep 9, 2016
49/50 Forgot El Paso :(
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level 56
Sep 15, 2016
50/50 and I'm 3 years old from Tibet!
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level 44
Oct 13, 2016
Not from the States but gave it a good bash there were a few that I'd never would have got
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level 57
Oct 21, 2016
Liked the quiz! But... :D You (falsely) list Kansas City as being in Kansas. There is Kansas City, Kansas, which hast roughly 150.000 inhabitants, but you are referring to Kansas City, Missouri with about 450.000 people living there. Those are two distinct cities righ next to each other with identical names ;).
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level 76
Jun 27, 2018
The quiz must have been redone because I don't see a state appearing for any of them.
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level 44
Dec 5, 2016
43/50. I am sitting in Boston right now, and I missed it. I always seem to miss Indianapolis on these quizzes too.
+1
level 59
Dec 7, 2016
Orlando and Tampa??
+1
level 76
Jun 27, 2018
City proper numbers take them out of the running. Metro area would include them.
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level 44
Dec 14, 2016
this should be metropolitan areas. Mesa, Wichita, Long Beach, but no Cleveland, Cinncinnati, Buffalo, Rochester. silly
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level 50
Jul 30, 2017
If you look in the description, there's a link for a quiz for metro areas. Silly.
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level 62
Dec 22, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_population
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level 61
Dec 22, 2016
For once, indiscriminately typing "Springfield" did me no favors.
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level 63
Dec 23, 2016
I used to live in San Jose and I didnt think of putting it in. [̲̅f̲̅][̲̅a̲̅][̲̅c̲̅][̲̅e̲̅][̲̅p̲̅][̲̅a̲̅][̲̅l̲̅][̲̅m̲̅]
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level 24
Feb 10, 2017
missed charlotte jackson colombus milwaukee oakland el paso albuquerque fort worth louisville tucson tulsa fresno virginia beach long beach boston omaha san antonia
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level 47
Feb 21, 2017
Guessed some close calls that didn't make the cut (Cleveland, Tampa, Riverside, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati are all guessed by me but are within 100K people of Arlington).
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level 32
Mar 12, 2017
How about Honolulu?
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level 50
Oct 2, 2017
351,792<389,902
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level 29
Mar 17, 2017
San Jose 10th largest city and 48% guess rate.
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level 76
Jun 27, 2018
I think because it's so often lumped together with the San Francisco Bay area, people forget it's a huge city on its own - and older than SF.
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level 63
Apr 19, 2017
This is a great quiz! Surprised only Columbus OH showed up - no Cleveland, Toledo or Cincinnati.
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level 48
Jun 15, 2017
i got Oakland but missed San Francisco and Miami even though my sister was watching a show that took place in Miami behind me. -_-
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level 25
Jul 13, 2017
I'm from Frankfurt and I got 44 I'm proud
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level 69
Jul 21, 2017
Wow, things have changed since I was a kid--no Cleveland, Cincinnati, St Louis, Buffalo or Pittsburgh. But now Mesa, Arlington, Sacramento, Fresno, Virginia Beach. I'm a fossil.
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level 61
Sep 3, 2017
I got the Population Badge !
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level 63
Nov 9, 2017
Here is one with the top 307 (as of 2016).
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level 62
Dec 11, 2017
I thought number five would be Manila.
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level 62
Dec 11, 2017
Actually I meant number six.
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level 62
Dec 11, 2017
Wait that's the wrong Philly.
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level 62
Dec 11, 2017
I hope I NEVER confuse Philly-delphia with Philly-ppines again.
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level 59
Dec 26, 2017
Ah, sad to learn that the charmless sprawl that is Phoenix has knocked the historically, culturally and architecturally interesting city of Philadelphia out of the Top 5.
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level 62
Jan 7, 2018
Phoenix is great! Though there's a chance Scottsdale, Tempe, and Mesa might have a little more to offer, Phoenix is a really cool city, close to lots of cool attractions and scenery. Philadelphia might be more interesting historically, but Phoenix is certainly not a charmless sprawl.
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level 76
Jun 27, 2018
Sorry, Guam, but one of our daughters lived in Phoenix and although it seemed a good place to live in many ways, I couldn't stand the heat or the blowing sand of the desert when we visited her. I was glad when she moved.
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level 19
Feb 1, 2018
I got 37/50 first try!
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level 38
Feb 16, 2018
How did I get Columbus but miss New Orleans?
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level 40
Mar 2, 2018
Initially got 23, after a month, 26
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level 45
Mar 25, 2018
Cleveland?
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level 79
Jun 27, 2018
388,072, making it the 51st largest city and JUST missing this quiz.
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level 40
Apr 12, 2018
I'm comming for that Population Badge I WILL DEFEAT THIS
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level 39
Apr 24, 2018
This shows just how dumb the technical definition of 'city' is in the USA, and how pointless the listing. Cleveland, Cincinnati and Tampa aren't even on the list, but their metro populations are WAY bigger than places like El Paso and Wichita, but just because their local government areas don't encompass the whole city they go down the list.
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level 72
Jun 27, 2018
Or, more precisely, it shows how different types of incorporation and different types of technology influenced city borders. Boston is puny now, but it seemed a lot bigger in 1630 when you had to travel by foot, horse, or boat. They also didn't annex Cambridge/Somerville/Milton in the 19th century to become larger just like New York annexed Brooklyn/Staten Island/Bronx/Queens and Philly annexed...a whole lot of neighborhoods. LIkewise, southern and western cities incorporated later in areas without preexisting surrounding settlements and with road systems and cars that could increase the area of incorporation. US city incorporation isn't stupid, it's pragmatic. (And weird.)
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level 61
Jun 27, 2018
Yeah, I lived in Boston for five years, and I didn't learn until long after I left that Somerville, Brookline, and a few other places are entirely separate cities and villages (I did know about Cambridge). I thought they were all just different neighborhoods within Boston. All my friends lived in those neighborhoods, and it took ten minutes to get from each to the other and then to downtown.
+4
level 39
Dec 6, 2018
Its appropriation of a word with a more general definition - city - and using it for something extremely technical. According to the American definition, London has a population of about 10,000, and El Paso is a bigger than Cleveland and Cincinnati. That's not pragmatic. Pragmatic means practical or useful.
+1
level 72
May 26, 2019
What exactly is the "American" definition of city? Most states have different definitions of city. New York (where I live now) defines it pretty narrowly by governmental type, so the whole state has somewhere around 100 cities. North Dakota defines every incorporated place in the state as a city, so it has far more than New York. There's no such thing as an American definition. Texas defines its cities differently than Ohio, and that definition is shaped by state governance laws, geography, and how easy it was to get around at the time that the place was incorporated. That's the very definition of pragmatic- the definitions are reasonable for the people who define it. If you don't like it, take the metro areas quiz. Especially since that concept is so incredibly well defined...
+1
level 56
Jun 27, 2018
Needs more time
+1
level 3
Jun 27, 2018
got 45 feeling proud
+1
level 21
Aug 27, 2018
Gee, must have taken the wrong turn to Albuquerque, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
+1
level 25
Aug 28, 2018
34. I actually got Colorado Springs
+1
level 44
Sep 27, 2018
Hm. "This is based on city proper population. For metro areas, check out this quiz 2017 estimates. Puerto Rico not included" "Puerto Rico not included" San Jose is on there...
+1
level ∞
Sep 28, 2018
San Jose...
+1
level 73
May 25, 2019
No way, Jose. It's gone, Juan.
+1
level 65
Oct 20, 2018
The population in some cities has increased since this quiz was developed. San Antonio and Austin are much larger now.
+2
level ∞
Oct 20, 2018
This quiz uses the latest available data, released in June 2018.
+3
level ∞
May 24, 2019
Now May 2019
+1
level 75
May 24, 2019
Might be intentional, but not accepting DC for Washington DC may cause some confusion. Every other quiz accepts the abbreviation, as this one did NYC for New York.
+1
level ∞
May 24, 2019
Not intentional. Fixed.
+1
level 77
May 24, 2019
Honolulu is a consolidated city-county, so why isn't the city's official population the county's official population (~ 1 million)? I'm sure I've been stung by this on some other JetPunk quiz.
+1
level ∞
May 24, 2019
It's not a consolidated city-county. Honolulu (city) is an unincorporated part of Honolulu (county). Weird, I know.
+1
level 29
Jul 22, 2019
I'm disappointed in myself I missed Arlington, Albuquerque, Raleigh, and Sacramento. :(
+1
level 41
Aug 14, 2019
We're all disappointed in you.