Major U.S. Cities with the Highest Elevation

Name the metro areas in the United States with a population of at least 99,500 and an elevation above 2,000 ft.
2019 Census estimates
Only two of these are east of the Mississippi
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Last updated: May 31, 2020
First submittedJanuary 9, 2012
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Elevation
Population
City
7260 ft
150,358
Santa Fe
6910 ft
143,476
Flagstaff
6062 ft
99,500
Cheyenne
6035 ft
745,791
Colorado Springs
5395 ft
123,958
Farmington
5368 ft
235,099
Prescott
5340 ft
326,196
Boulder
5312 ft
918,018
Albuquerque
5280 ft
2,967,239
Denver
5003 ft
356,899
Fort Collins
4705 ft
151,530
Idaho Falls
4692 ft
168,424
Pueblo
4658 ft
324,492
Greeley
4593 ft
154,210
Grand Junction
4551 ft
648,252
Provo
4534 ft
142,165
Logan
4505 ft
475,642
Reno
4300 ft
683,864
Ogden
4226 ft
1,232,696
Salt Lake City
Elevation
Population
City
4000 ft
218,195
Las Cruces
3745 ft
111,290
Twin Falls
3740 ft
844,124
El Paso
3623 ft
197,692
Bend
3605 ft
322,257
Amarillo
3209 ft
119,600
Missoula
3202 ft
322,257
Lubbock
3202 ft
142,107
Rapid City
3123 ft
181,667
Billings
2900 ft
166,223
Odessa
2860 ft
177,556
St. George
2782 ft
182,603
Midland
2730 ft
749,202
Boise
2389 ft
1,047,279
Tucson
2188 ft
165,697
Coeur d'Alene
2134 ft
462,680
Asheville
2080 ft
167,531
Blacksburg
2001 ft
2,266,715
Las Vegas
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Level 33
Jan 9, 2012
This is tough--and Blacksburg, VA (VA Tech!) is a real surprise!
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Level 67
Apr 13, 2013
I live in Prescott, AZ. Population is only 39,984 - Jul 2011 Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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Level 80
Aug 6, 2013
"metro area"
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Level 67
Dec 28, 2013
There are about 40,000 people in the city of Prescott and about 40,000 in Prescott Valley, the two largest cities in the "metro area." Chino Valley, the third largest city in the area has 11,000 people. I'd like to know where the other 100,000 people live.
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Level 87
Apr 11, 2014
@jma - the cutoff for the quiz is 100,000 people. Even using your numbers, that only leaves 9,000 people unaccounted for, most of whom live in the unincorporated county areas. Total population of the metro area (as of 2010) was just over 103K.
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Level 77
Nov 22, 2016
The quiz says there are over 200,000 people in the metro area.
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Level 49
Feb 2, 2020
It definitely says 100,000 now.
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Level 77
May 29, 2020
It says 235,000 now.
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Level 67
Oct 9, 2014
I'm questioning the population given in this quiz. It states that Prescott, AZ has a population of 215,133 and that is a lot more than 100,00. I'm not arguing that the "metro area" is close to 100,000.
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Level 81
Jun 24, 2020
There's been an influx in the population in and around Prescott recently. Mostly Germans from the Bielfield area, I think. ;)
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Level 49
Jul 10, 2020
Hey loganite, at least this American gets that!
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Level ∞
Jul 12, 2017
The census bureau is reporting fake populations. The people demand the truth!
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Level 81
Oct 20, 2019
They do. For example, New Mexico counties are used in whole as a "metropolitan" area including vast stretches of nothing. Put that same land area in Pennsylvania and you have 8 metro areas, again defined by willy nilly county lines, but at least with a pretty much continuous semi-suburban spread of people. The "metropolitan" guidelines used by the U.S. Census Bureau do deliver thoroughly varying boundaries for the size of land around a city to be included in the population count. It's like they let Wikipedia write the tables.
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Level 32
Jul 22, 2013
I can't believe i forgot Asheville -_-
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Level 71
Nov 14, 2013
Really cool quiz. Definitely makes you think.
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Level 71
May 28, 2014
Thanks to recent legislation, Denver makes this list no matter what definition of "highest" you choose to use.
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Level 79
Oct 9, 2014
I got Flagstaff, but had no idea it was up that high.
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Level 78
Oct 9, 2014
Ft. Wayne, Ft. Myers, Ft. Apache...Collins just would not come to me, and we just drove through there a few weeks ago. I think mice are chewing holes in my brain when I'm asleep.
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Level 77
Jun 2, 2020
What I do is just set spring-loaded mouse traps on either side of my head. (coat the traps with peanut butter...mice loooove peanut butter) Added bonus: you always hear it when you nab one.

Try not to move too much, though. That can complicate things.
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Level 79
Oct 9, 2014
"It's no surprise that many of these cities are in Colorado"- is that a remark on the legal status of marijuana in the state?
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Level 66
Mar 24, 2015
Way to ruin the joke...
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Level 79
Jul 6, 2020
Or to make one? I assume the original statement was not actually a joke but in reference to the well-known fact that the state of Colorado is very mountainous. Way to miss the point...
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Level 78
Jul 6, 2020
John Denver was ahead of his time.
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Level 62
Jan 6, 2015
I got all the ones I've heard of including Bend. Very tough!
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Level 71
Oct 26, 2016
I loathe the day when there actually are 200K+ people in Greeley, CO. There are too many now. GET OUT OF COLORADO.
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Level 72
Nov 11, 2016
Well, it's "metro area", so who knows what all is being counted? What I am really trying to figure out though, is how Boulder even supposedly *has* a "metro area". Broomfield is its own county, so that can't count. No way could you include Longmont. All I can imagine is Louisville, Lafayette, Ned, Niwot, Jamestown, and Lyons, and there's no way those TRIPLE the population. I'm guessing that the whole 36 corridor is being included in BOTH Denver's *and* Boulder's count. In fact, Boulder itself is usually included as part of metro Denver, much to the eternal chagrin of us Boulderites.
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Level 81
Oct 21, 2019
They use counties. The county line is just to the south, which becomes the Denver metropolitan area at the imaginary line in the carpet of development. Meanwhile across the county, the "metropolitan area" line runs clean through the city of Longmont. All across the city, Boulder "metropolitan area" neighbors live next door to their Greeley "metropolitan area" neighbors, none of whom live near either city. The southern part of Greeley's county, its "metropolitan area", includes direct suburbs of Denver, including a part of Thornton. So yeah, the population count is b.s. random in the real world, but not a bureaucratic statistician's mind.
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Level ∞
Jul 12, 2017
Closer to 300k in the Greeley metro now.
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Level 63
Mar 20, 2017
spokane?
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Level ∞
Jul 12, 2017
1,843 ft
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Level 25
Jun 10, 2017
i got colorado springs and denver. that is it.
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Level 68
Dec 7, 2017
pretty difficult for a non american. I only manage to get 10 (not too bad for a French) , which were obviously the biggest ones...
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Level 79
Dec 7, 2017
Didn't know there were that many people in Blacksburg
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Level 81
Jun 26, 2018
US "metropolitan areas" just gobble up numerous whole counties, which have wildly varying sizes, not an accurate gauge of metropolitan population for smaller cities at all.
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Level 50
Jul 6, 2020
It's the Blacksburg-Christiansburg Metropolitan Statistical Area. It includes Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, and the surrounding counties.
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Level 28
Dec 7, 2017
12 right and I get 4 points this is very weird
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Level 81
Jun 26, 2018
I only got 29 of 35 before I ran out of time and beat 99.2% of people? That's a peculiar statistic.
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Level 82
May 29, 2020
Bozeman, MT. Metro population 114,434. Elevation 4,820. (Wikipedia) Decent skiing nearby.
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Level 86
May 29, 2020
Idaho Falls, the city so nice it shows up twice!
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Level 80
May 30, 2020
And I missed it both times. Darn. Darn.
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Level 80
May 30, 2020
Be nice to see the state revealed for these cities - educational for non-Americans.
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Level 81
May 30, 2020
Educational for plenty of Americans, too.
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Level 50
Jul 6, 2020
Yes please
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Level 61
May 30, 2020
Got 11. Thought that was pretty good for a european. 0 points though.
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Level 60
May 30, 2020
Why is Idaho Falls on there twice?
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Level 76
May 31, 2020
Yes, I was wondering this as well. Doesn't seem necessary to include Idaho Falls twice.
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Level 66
Jul 6, 2020
Very interesting quiz. Hard to figure out the effective elevation without metric, but still super cool
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Level 58
Jul 6, 2020
Need to add a caveat - Don't forget about Idaho.
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Level 55
Jul 6, 2020
Idaho isn't real, everyone knows that.
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Level 67
Jul 7, 2020
Not sure that metro area population is the best number to use for this largely rural region of the US. I'm Wyoming born and raised and I was shocked to see Cheyenne make this list since the city itself is only about 60,000 people and the few surrounding communities are all under 10,000 - most are likely under 5000! It just doesn't really capture the true nature of many of these cities.
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Level 60
Jul 7, 2020
Wow such a tough quiz in comparison to many others on here :) I like it tho, right up my alley
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Level 49
Jul 7, 2020
The One World Trade Center in New York is almost making the list ^^
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Level 47
Jul 12, 2020
There is no way Blacksburg has over 150,000 people living there