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Biggest Cities in the United States

Can you guess the 50 most populous cities in the United States according to 2021 U.S. Census estimates.
This is based on city proper population. For metro areas, check out this quiz.
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: June 2, 2022
First submittedMay 9, 2011
Times taken530,355
Average score52.0%
Rating4.90
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Population
City
8,467,513
New York City
3,849,297
Los Angeles
2,696,555
Chicago
2,288,250
Houston
1,624,569
Phoenix
1,576,251
Philadelphia
1,451,853
San Antonio
1,381,611
San Diego
1,288,457
Dallas
983,489
San Jose
964,177
Austin
954,614
Jacksonville
935,508
Fort Worth
906,528
Columbus
882,039
Indianapolis
879,709
Charlotte
815,201
San Francisco
Population
City
733,919
Seattle
711,463
Denver
687,725
Oklahoma City
678,851
Nashville
678,415
El Paso
670,050
Washington
654,776
Boston
646,790
Las Vegas
641,162
Portland
632,464
Detroit
628,594
Louisville
628,127
Memphis
576,498
Baltimore
569,330
Milwaukee
562,599
Albuquerque
544,510
Fresno
543,242
Tucson
Population
City
525,041
Sacramento
509,475
Mesa
508,394
Kansas City
496,461
Atlanta
487,300
Omaha
483,956
Colorado Springs
469,124
Raleigh
457,672
Virginia Beach
456,062
Long Beach
439,890
Miami
433,823
Oakland
425,336
Minneapolis
411,401
Tulsa
407,615
Bakersfield
395,699
Wichita
392,786
Arlington
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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 77
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 65
Apr 29, 2015
I live in Austin. That's offensive
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Level 90
Jun 4, 2015
I've driven through Austin. I found the city offensive, too.
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Level 77
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 87
Jun 9, 2020
I knew a guy named Austin. He was offensive.
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Level 44
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 55
Oct 13, 2022
just spell it right.
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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 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 77
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 44
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 79
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 45
Jun 26, 2013
Norfolk should be accepted for virginia beach because they're basiccly the same city.
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Level 84
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 84
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 52
Jun 9, 2020
beetboy, having lived in both cities, I can tall you that you are correct. Kal may think they are close together, but they are still quite separate and distinct. Kal, by the same logic you are using, would you lump Baltimore and Washington together into one urban area? I live in downtown Baltimore new and can easily get to Washington in 45 minutes. There are not massive forests or huge swaths of farmland separating these two places. Should the quiz combine these two or is it obvious that they are two separate, distinct areas that happen to be somewhat close to each other?
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Level 84
Jun 10, 2020
Fishbone: they often are lumped together into a single urban area. I don't think of them that way. They are much more distinct and different cities in my mind, there is a lot more green and relatively undeveloped space between Baltimore and Washington than there is between Norfolk and Virginia Beach, and if you look at a map you can see the city centers are also about 3x farther apart.

(but, all that being said, as mentioned, they often *are* considered to be the same urban area)

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Level 61
Jul 20, 2022
Having lived many years in both Norfolk and Virginia Beach, and watching VBH especially become more urbanized, I understand there are differences but also having lived in other regions, the differences are not distinct enough to warrant separation; at least not until you start getting to the outskirts of Virginia Beach like Pungo. It's more of a mentality that links the areas than anyone else. People tend to vote the same, think the same, etc.
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Level 23
Jul 20, 2013
I missed long beach -.-
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Level 89
Aug 14, 2013
Clearly you've never been to Long Beach. You wouldn't miss it once you left.
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Level 67
Jul 5, 2015
Ha. Burn!
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Level 87
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 78
Aug 4, 2016
If I were doing this using a physical keyboard instead of a bloody phone, likewise!
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Level 24
Dec 2, 2013
45/50, and im canadian. I missed Denver, San Jose, Omaha, Colorado Springs and Mesa
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Level 45
Jul 24, 2015
Well, Mesa is where half of the Canadian snowbirds come during the winter!
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Level 24
Dec 9, 2013
47/50 for a canadian
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Level 37
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 72
Apr 6, 2016
And what the hell is "an electronic" ?
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Level 84
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 64
Feb 6, 2017
Nineveh. Duh
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Level 58
Apr 23, 2020
And WHAT is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
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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 71
Dec 27, 2015
So you said!
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Level 33
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 66
Feb 12, 2022
Ohh Arlington Tx. I saw Arlington and was surprised that the DC suburb had so many people, I guess Arlington Tx is still surprising too.
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Level 20
Mar 21, 2014
No cincinnati or st Louis? That's weird
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Level 77
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 69
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 69
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 87
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 52
Jul 6, 2014
13 y-o from Serbia got 38/50. Not bad.
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Level 33
Mar 12, 2017
14y old from neighbouring Croatia got 40/50
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Level 37
Aug 1, 2017
2 yr old from Sesame Street got 54/50
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Level 64
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 73
Dec 2, 2017
50yo from New York. Got 1/50. Thank you, Arlington!
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Level 30
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 30
Nov 11, 2014
Honolulu?
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Level 90
Jun 4, 2015
Currently #55
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Level 26
Nov 30, 2014
24/50! not bad for a 12 year old brit
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Level 66
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 90
May 24, 2019
he's blind, he won't see your comment.
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Level 84
Jun 7, 2021
Nearly spit my drink out. ROFL!
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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 37
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 68
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 68
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 31
Feb 26, 2015
This should get a minute more of time.
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Level 67
Apr 4, 2015
Using the metric system, I got 72
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Level 52
Jul 18, 2017
There's a metric population system?
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Level 40
Nov 22, 2021
Wait- y'all use a measuring system (That being metric -._-.) for population? I thought the metric system was only used for MEASUREMENT... y'know... like instead of inches they use centimeters.... Not population...
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Level 68
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 84
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 77
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 64
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 65
Oct 25, 2018
Seattle is getting too crowded. I wish so many people didn't want to move here.
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Level 37
Jun 1, 2015
23 sec left
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Level 75
Jun 14, 2015
Why omit Puerto Rico? Leaving out San Juan seems arbitrary.
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Level 84
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 77
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 84
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.
+1
Level 13
Jul 5, 2015
48/50 missed Fort Worth and Oakland
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Level 30
Jul 10, 2015
So difficult. Only got 17
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Level 64
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 84
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 67
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 84
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 80
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 84
Aug 3, 2019
bleh
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Level 14
Aug 27, 2015
32, good considering I'm British?!
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Level 67
Apr 21, 2019
you are not sure if you are brittish or not?
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Level 52
Sep 29, 2015
I am 3 y/o from Kiribati. I got 51/50.
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Level 73
Oct 1, 2017
Seems legit
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Level 72
Oct 7, 2015
Always, always, always forget about Wichita.
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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 43
Apr 13, 2019
And?
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Level 40
Nov 22, 2021
yeah? Every city practically has it's rising point, population peak point, and population-drops-down-really-quickly point.
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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 64
Jan 21, 2016
So you can copy and paste. You deserve a medal.
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Level 77
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 34
Jan 1, 2016
Lol only got Albuquerque because of Breaking Bad
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Level 22
Feb 28, 2016
new york should have 22 million.
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Level 48
Jul 30, 2017
Read the description, it's city proper population. Not metro population.
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Level 87
Jun 6, 2016
How do I always miss Atlanta on these city quizzes? It's like a blind spot for me.
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Level 81
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.)
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Level 40
Nov 22, 2021
Me, an officially sad person from Atlanta. (Not sad actually)
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Level 66
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 60
Sep 9, 2016
49/50 Forgot El Paso :(
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Level 58
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 55
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 77
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 23
Apr 15, 2021
The states are revealed in the solution
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Level 43
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.
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Level 61
Dec 7, 2016
Orlando and Tampa??
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Level 77
Jun 27, 2018
City proper numbers take them out of the running. Metro area would include them.
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Level 50
Dec 14, 2016
this should be metropolitan areas. Mesa, Wichita, Long Beach, but no Cleveland, Cinncinnati, Buffalo, Rochester. silly
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Level 48
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 68
Dec 22, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_population
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Level 67
Dec 22, 2016
For once, indiscriminately typing "Springfield" did me no favors.
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Level 72
Dec 23, 2016
I used to live in San Jose and I didnt think of putting it in.

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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 33
Mar 12, 2017
How about Honolulu?
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Level 48
Oct 2, 2017
351,792<389,902
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Level 66
Apr 19, 2017
This is a great quiz! Surprised only Columbus OH showed up - no Cleveland, Toledo or Cincinnati.
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Level 67
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 24
Jul 13, 2017
I'm from Frankfurt and I got 44 I'm proud
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Level 77
Jun 9, 2020
Good for you. I'm from Missouri and that's four more than my score.
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Level 80
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 77
Jun 9, 2020
Have I mentioned that city proper versus metro area makes a difference?
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Level 69
Sep 3, 2017
I got the Population Badge !
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Level 66
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 67
Jun 9, 2020
This thread was quite the emotional roller coaster.
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Level 40
Nov 22, 2021
ROFL
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Level 62
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 77
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 37
Feb 16, 2018
How did I get Columbus but miss New Orleans?
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Level 39
Mar 2, 2018
Initially got 23, after a month, 26
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Level 45
Mar 25, 2018
Cleveland?
+1
Level 86
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 44
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 71
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 67
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.
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Level 44
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.
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Level 71
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...

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Level 67
Jun 27, 2018
Needs more time
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Level 21
Aug 27, 2018
Gee, must have taken the wrong turn to Albuquerque, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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Level 49
Aug 28, 2018
34. I actually got Colorado Springs
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Level 45
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...

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Level ∞
Sep 28, 2018
San Jose...
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Level 87
May 25, 2019
No way, Jose. It's gone, Juan.
+2
Level 66
Oct 20, 2018
The population in some cities has increased since this quiz was developed. San Antonio and Austin are much larger now.
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Level ∞
Oct 20, 2018
This quiz uses the latest available data, released in June 2018.
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Level ∞
May 24, 2019
Now May 2019
+2
Level 78
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.
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Level ∞
May 24, 2019
Not intentional. Fixed.
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Level 78
Jun 2, 2022
It is no longer accepting "DC" for Washington.
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Level ∞
Jun 2, 2022
Fixed again.
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Level 83
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.
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Level ∞
May 24, 2019
It's not a consolidated city-county. Honolulu (city) is an unincorporated part of Honolulu (county). Weird, I know.
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Level 29
Jul 22, 2019
I'm disappointed in myself I missed Arlington, Albuquerque, Raleigh, and Sacramento. :(
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Level 43
Aug 14, 2019
We're all disappointed in you.
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Level 83
Jan 12, 2020
My sincere apologies to Denver. Somehow in my west to east listing, I completely missed the state of Colorado.
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Level 65
Feb 6, 2020
I typed "Arlington" for Arlington, Virginia, but it was Arlington, Texas.
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Level 65
Feb 6, 2020
I missed Colorado springs because I was in a hurry and typed "co springs" which wasn't accepted.
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Level 90
Jun 7, 2021
I always try the same thing with VA Beach.
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Level 78
Feb 14, 2020
Could we have a similar quiz based on the biggest metropolitan area?
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Level ∞
Feb 15, 2020
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Level 84
Feb 20, 2020
I always forget Omaha.
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Level 84
Oct 21, 2022
New update. This time missed Bakersfield, Louisville, and (::facepalm::) Detroit...

Years of consistently missing Omaha and Wichita have trained me to type those in first, though.

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Level 20
Mar 5, 2020
crap i missed san antonio, indianapolis, san diego, san jose,nashville, baltimore, milwake, new orleans, and Atlanta.
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Level 40
Nov 22, 2021
INTENSIFYING SAD ATLANTA-ER NOISES
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Level 60
Jun 10, 2020
How the hell did I miss San Francisco?
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Level 36
Jun 10, 2020
i cannot spell albeuquerque for the life of me
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Level 38
Aug 31, 2020
Sometimes I pronounce it Al boo qwer qwe to help me spell it. Al bu quer que. It is tough
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Level 64
Jun 18, 2020
38 yet i managed to somehow miss Seattle.......
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Level 31
Aug 1, 2020
50, not bad. i'm an american and looks like I got louisville at the last second.
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Level 31
Aug 1, 2020
Wait, San Diego is number 8??? and San Jose is number 10???
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Level 38
Aug 31, 2020
Got 40! Proudest guess: Long Beach (love being a West Coaster). Most embarrassing miss: Washington. Don't know how I did this...
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Level 38
Dec 13, 2020
50/50. Not bad for an 11 year old Australian.
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Level 55
Dec 17, 2020
41. Wasted so much time going state-by-state and listing a few of their big cities instead of just going for the top of the country.
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Level 58
Dec 22, 2020
Got Fresno...

Forgot Chicago.

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Level 28
Jan 31, 2021
Dang, forgot Vegas
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Level 27
Apr 1, 2021
Missed detroit, sacramento, tampa, memphis, milwaukee, and tulsa.. I KNEW ALL OF THEM AND EVEN WENT TO A FEW OF THESE HOW DID I FORGET-
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Level 16
May 4, 2021
I was born in Tulsa... but I still forgot Tulsa :/
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Level 61
Jun 7, 2021
So,It just change New Orleans to Wichita...
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Level 55
Jun 14, 2021
There's just not enough time
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Level 85
Jul 3, 2021
Agreed. I got 44 correct, and might have gotten the rest with another minute. Fun and challenging in any case.
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Level 59
Jun 26, 2021
47/50 Forgot Colorado and Indiana in my mental map through the states.
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Level 56
Jul 3, 2021
50/50! Yay! Almost missed Arlington but got Wichita straight off the bat
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Level 59
Jul 3, 2021
OK, that's impressive!
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Level 55
Jul 3, 2021
crazy how tulsa has a larger population than new orleans, cleveland, cininnati, boise, pittsburgh, newark etc etc
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Level 58
Jul 6, 2021
I bet several of those have larger metro areas, but have more of their population outside of the city limits.
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Level 25
Jul 5, 2021
Strange that Los Angeles has 3M population🤔
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Level 58
Jul 6, 2021
City proper is a lot smaller than the metro area.
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Level 58
Jul 6, 2021
Got 44, but somehow I managed to forget Tennessee existed :(
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Level 26
Aug 12, 2021
Wow I feel special, only 3.3% did 100% like me. I completed everything missing like 0:30 seconds, but yeah I did it and im Colombian, I feel proud of myself
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Level 87
Aug 25, 2021
The official U.S. Census results for 2020 came out a couple weeks ago. All the hype about New York City and other places taking a quick population dive as of Census Day proved false. NYC had lost a couple hundred thousand people according to the estimates shown in the table here currently, while the official count is 550,000 people more. Many of the losses and gains came out way off.
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Level ∞
Aug 25, 2021
Very interesting. It appears that they found a bunch of new housing units that they didn’t count before. But that only explains 250,000 of the difference. We will be sure to update next June when the 2021 estimates are released.
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Level 55
Sep 7, 2021
Bakersfield 403,455? US Census Bureau for reference
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Level 75
Nov 8, 2021
My hometown is top 25 for metro but doesn't make this list :(
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Level 18
Nov 15, 2021
I forgot Dallas, when i live in dallas
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Level 73
Dec 2, 2021
Just missed Wichita
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Level 73
Dec 2, 2021
I wish there was a way to see my old scores for every time I've taken this quiz before each time the quiz was reset.
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Level 26
Dec 15, 2021
new orleans 390,845
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Level 58
Jan 7, 2022
which would put it at 51st
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Level 59
Jan 3, 2022
The 50 United Cities of America
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Level 45
Feb 25, 2022
I was really surprised that St. Louis and New Orleans are not on the list. Perhaps in both cases the city proper is quite small if you don't count the surrounding towns.
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Level 23
Jul 17, 2022
They've lost population. People are moving out.
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Level 49
May 4, 2022
How far down is Spokane? I've always heard that it was the 50th largest city in the United States.
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Level 66
Jun 4, 2022
It sits around 100th largest in the US give or take
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Level 36
May 7, 2022
46, cant belive i forgot Boston
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Level 36
May 7, 2022
im not from the us btw
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Level 37
May 19, 2022
I misspelled Albuquerque smh
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Level 36
May 22, 2022
48 from israel
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Level 29
Jun 9, 2022
Bro I missed Atlanta. I live there -_-
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Level 57
Jun 15, 2022
47 for a mexican, i guess not bad
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Level 36
Jul 7, 2022
50 From Israel
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Level 22
Jul 22, 2022
I Missed Omaha And Arlington
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Level 64
Sep 20, 2022
Never heard of Long Beach, except as a brand of cigarettes. So I looked it up on Google maps, and it is a suburb of Los Angeles. Not a satellite suburb or a neighbouring town that has grown to merge, but bang in the middle of Los Angeles. To me a city is the entire urban sprawl. Clearly it means something else in the US. The term 'city proper' in the hints does not help. Do you mean local government areas?
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Level 63
Sep 21, 2022
"City proper" very likely means to refer to a city by its official municipal boundaries. This definition would separate Long Beach from Los Angeles they are technically two separate legal entities.
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Level 63
Sep 21, 2022
It's very interesting to see how the use of city proper changes what appears on the list.

Cities have a much higher ranking than their national reputation would suggest:

1.) Jacksonville

2.) San Jose

3.) El Paso

4.) Mesa

5.) Fort Worth

Cities with a much lower ranking than their national reputation would suggest (this one relies more on metro area)

1.) Miami

2.) Atlanta

3.) Minneapolis

Cities that surprisingly don't make the list (likely would it used metro area definition)

1.) Saint Louis

2.) New Orleans

3.) Cleveland

4.) Cincinnati

5.) Pittsburgh

6.) Salt Lake

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Level 20
Oct 15, 2022
GOOD QUIZ!!!!!
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Level 20
Oct 15, 2022
I can't believe I forgot Boston and Washington D.C.
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Level 55
Nov 18, 2022
POV: You went into the comments to see some of the answers
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Level 20
Nov 19, 2022
Are these based on population? Bc vegas is OFF lol